Ringo Deathstarr – Colour Trip Ringo Deathstarr – Colour Trip

Ringo Deathstarr - Colour Trip

Ringo Deathstarr and their attached genre of Texan shoegaze sounds like a fabrication intended to be nothing more than a send up of contemporary indie music. But it is not. I can offer proof that Ringo Deathstarr exists and has been mucking around the underground for a couple of years. February will see the release of Deathstarr’s Colour Trip following a 7 inch in 2009 and some sort of 5 song EP in 2007. Its been a bit but this Austin group is finally ready to make an entrance to to the masquerade shoegaze ball.

It is at this point where I usually give a long winded explanation regarding the attached style. Well I’m not. What I am going to do is recommend four albums and be on my way. Once your done listening to Slowdive’s Souvlaki (1993), Ride’s Nowhere (1990), Chapterhouse’s Whirpool (1990) and My Bloody Valentine’s Loveless (1991) you’ll have a pretty decent introduction to the British scene which lasted just a few short years. I may be missing a critical album, but diehard shoegaze fans are just going to have to bunch their fists in balls for now. A knowledge of the shoegaze scene is important as many bands in this contemporary age use and cite its influence. There have been dozens of albums which used the mired sounds of heavy effects to their benefit. But few bands manage to capture the sound early 90’s alternative rock punch drunk with its own reverb. Ringo Deathstarr manages to accomplish this feat by recreating an album which could exist in Berkshire, England during the fall of 1991.

The first thing Ringo Deathstarr does is mask itself the vernacular of shoegaze dialect. The aesthetic of shoegaze rests with short understated song titles (Chloe, Day Dreamy, So High, Two Girls) combined with the British spellings of words. In the future, I will create a game consisting of contestants guessing if the word is a shoegaze song or one I made up while looking around the room. To add to this Ringo Deathstarr even manages to drop a Ride reference with the name “Kaleidoscope” hiding in the middle of the record. The short, seemingly mundane song titles only contrast the lush landscapes created by the unrelenting wall of noise. The dress up practiced by this Texas band could be called a throwback if it weren’t done with such sincerity and fresh attitude. The act of recreation doesn’t seem to be the end goal for this band but it is certainly a selling point.

The main drawback to this album is its stubbornness to expand the palette of distortion and effects beyond imitation. Norwegian band Sereena Maneesh, managed to experiment with the sound by half recording their last album in a cave. It does not matter whether or not said album was good or rubbish but it is the point of trying. The sound and effort for Colour Trip is pleasing but after the 32 minutes, a listener is taking stock of time spent. For those same diehard shoegaze fans with clenched fists, that 32 minutes will be a joyous escape into dense woods of phase, flang and echo. This is certainly true given the album will be released on Valentines Day. I can think of nothing more romantic than Loveless on repeat during a candlelit dinner. For the rest of us, well we certainly have a memorable band name with interesting hometown and attached style. I promise you, I did not make up this band.

1. Imagine Hearts
2. Do It Every Time
3. So High
4. Two Girls
5. Kaleidoscope
6. Day Dreamy
7. Tambourine Girl
8. Chloe
9. Never Drive
10. You Don’t
11. Other Things

Ringo Deathstarr - Colour Trip, reviewed by Kaptain Carbon on 2011-02-22T10:27:49-08:00 rating 3.5 out of 5

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