In the grand scheme of things, the album cycle doesn’t really seem relevant anymore. In a time where some bands are releasing multiple full lengths in a year, albums just come out when they come out nowadays. Of course, when you like a band it can feel like forever between releases sometimes. That’s how it feels with Ringo Deathstarr. On the Austin trio’s new album Ringo Deathstarr, the band returns with swooping tones and a pedal bathed sound that’s difficult to beat.
It takes a little time for the album to get gritty, but that’snot a bad thing either. What sets Ringo Deathstarr apart from many bands who play music between shoegaze and psych, is that they get you there without wasting time. The second track “God Help the One’s You Love” is a great example of this. There’s a build to the song that offers plenty of weight when the song has been going for a minute. The rushes of distortion mixed with the vocals offers a weight that shows how the band’s songwriting has advanced.
The songs that hit with an intensity that’s on par with the band’s live set come on “Once Upon a Freak,” “Just Like You” and “In Your Arms.”All have that mix of pedal drenched tone with flashes of dark guitar that make the band so extraordinary. But of the twelve tracks, our favorite came on “Be Love.” Almost like Jesus and Mary Chain, the song has this new wave and alternative mixture that opens up the band’s sound without turning them into something else entirely. The album just proves that Ringo Deathstarr will always grow, no matter how long it is between album releases.
Ringo Deathstarr can be purchased directly from The Reverberation Appreciation Society on multiple formats. It’s also available to purchase in all digital retailers or it can be streamed on all platforms.
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