Austin shoegaze trio Ringo Deathstarr have just released their fifth full-length album, the self-titled Ringo Deathstarr. Formed in 2005 by Elliott Frazier, the band derives its name from a playful combination of Ringo Starr and the Star Wars Death Star. Their sound resembles the distorted fuzz of My Bloody Valentine, the sonic atmospheres of early Ride and the female-driven vocals of Lush.

As heard on Big Sonic Heaven, “God Help the Ones You Love” could easily have com from the recording session for Lush’s album Spooky. The chamber choir-stylized lead vocal by bassist Alex Gehring with the powerful drums of Daniel Coburn are hypnotizing and brain-crushing at the same time.

“Heaven Obscured” is wistful and dreamy, while Frazier takes lead vocal on the downbeat “I Don’t Want to Lose This,” which could have been an unreleased track from The Cure’s “Disintegration.”

Ringo Deathstarr’s first recording was released in 2007 with a self-titled EP. In 2011, the band opened for the Smashing Pumpkins in support of their debut full-length album Colour Trip, which included the MBV-influenced song “Imagine Hearts.”

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Another EP followed, 2012’s Shadow, along with three more full length albums, Mauve (2012), God’s Dream (2013) and Pure Mood (2015), prior to this year’s release, which is the band’s first in five years.

“Rip” from the 2012 album Mauve:

“Guilt” from the 2015 album Pure Mood:

The new album, Ringo Deathstarr, is available on limited edition Coke-bottle-green colored vinyl from Bandcamp and ships in June. https://ringodeathstarr.bandcamp.com/

Rick Bourgoise
Big Sonic Heaven Radio Contributing Writer

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