One of our favorite ATX acts dropped this delicious tune last Friday, and since we’re back in full force, it only seems natural that I’d get this Ringo Deathstarr tune out there for you. I love how the song starts off with this ominous mood, like you’re descending into the depths of the Earth with no return in sight. But, once the vocals come in, the song peels back and allows the guitars to swirl around the more crystalline feel of the vocals. The rhythm section keeps harnessing that darkness, building in the perfect balancing act between dark and light on the wondrous first single off the band’s forthcoming self-titled LP; it drops on March 27th via Club AC30.
First off, you can also catch Lola Tried over at Waterloo Records at 5; there will be free Lagunitas. Second, the band’s new album celebrates its release over at Hotel Vegas, and we highly suggest your attendance. For starters, the band works super hard, not only for themselves, but to see others within the Austin “scene” become successful; it’s high time they got their day in the limelight. This is their debut LP, and you’ll be impressed by how accomplished they sound…probably from all that damned hard work! Plus, the show included perennial powerhouse, Ringo Deathstarr, Duncan Fellows and ATH Records’ own Blushing. And if you do listen, please go buy the record, so they can make another one. Here’s one of the jams off their new LP!
We’re really really excited to kick of the label side of ATH with our first release of 2018: Blushing‘s Weak EP. It’s a heavy dose of dreamgaze gems, all organized into a handy 12″ record. Several tracks have already garnered raves from the likes of DKFM Radio to the esteemed Gold Flake Paint, so clearly they’ve got something you need. Plus, if you’re in the Austin area, you can catch the band live at their release show at Cheer Up Charlies on Saturday night. It’s a pretty solid bill, with Ringo Deathstarr and Single Lash among bands filling the evening out. Just because we love you, we’re streaming the album below for you, in advance of its Friday release. You can grab the vinyl version HERE or the tape HERE.
Robby is a brand new act ready to make waves in Austin, but members of the group have a pedigree all their own…featuring members of Magia Negra and Ringo Deathstarr. They’ve just put up two songs for your listening pleasure, and both illustrate a group that has the knack to handle various styles. “Shade” has a slight Spoon sound, especially with the way the vocals are delivered, but you can hear the slight psychedelic undercurrent as the song evolves. That leads us right to “Om,” which takes on a frolic through the landscape of the previously mentioned psychedelia; it moves slowly, allowing for a more emotional pull. Give a listen and get acquainted, as I’m sure we’re all be hearing more from Robby soon.
There’s a special show awaiting Austinites on Saturday evening over at Cheer Up Charlies: LSD and the Search for God. The band is probably one of the quintessential modern shoegaze bands; they’ve garnered praise since their inception in 2005, with the release of Heaven is a Place further cementing their status. But, don’t rest on your laurels here, as the rest of the line-up is fleshed out with some of the finer shoegaze/dream pop acts in town. You show up, as you should, and you’ll get sets from She Sir, Single Lash, Krista Van Liew and Ringo Deathstarr…might not be a better place to be on Saturday night. Stream Heaven is a Place below. More show info HERE.
It isn’t a new idea, plenty of people have followed a band for a day, but it is something I have wanted to do for a while now. The last time The Twilight Sad was in town in support of We Were Promised Jetpacks, I had some time to chat with James, lead vocals, and Chris Patin, the tour manager, about following the band for a day during SxSW. You see, Chris is a friend of the program; he is in The Calm Blue Sea. James and I oddly ended up standing next to each other at several day parties in previous SxSW’s and we have had friendly conversations about tea, food, travel, normal human stuff. Seemed like a good fit. What follows is an account of the day, followed by a ton of pics. As a bonus, I got to see several other bands, some pretty damn good ones, including Torres and Ringo Deathstarr (more on them later).
If you haven’t heard of ZNTH while living in Austin, then perhaps you’re living under a really large rock. They’ve got a slew of influences, ranging from local acts like Ringo Deathstarr to Jens Lekman. You’ll find bombastic noise elements backed by really neat little bits of pop. You’ll find these powerful touches on their new album, Yr Damned Zenith, which was just recently released. The music their crafting sounds perfect for those of you looking to catch a dynamic rock show. Take a trip through their album by visiting their BANDCAMP page to see more of what the group is all about.
The folks over at Mohawk are dedicating themselves to keeping things fun and local on Monday nights, bringing you another great gig in their Showoff Series. First, let me just tell you that the show is FREE, so you get to enjoy some great bands and spend all your money on booze and MERCH! But, this Monday’s show has some incredible local acts, and one we’ll all need to say goodbye to. Ringo Deathstarr is the headliner on the night, and the band needs no introduction; they’re one of the many rad acts across town. But, you need to come say goodbye to Gal Pals, who unfortunately are relocating due to career opportunities. We love the duo, and we wish them all the best on their new ventures. Also, Hola Beach will kick off the night, rounding out a line-up that’s worth your time. See you there.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/Ringo_Deathstarr_-_Every_Time.mp3]
Download: Ringo Deathstarr – Every Time [MP3]
A couple weeks before, you’ll get to buy the single “Rip”. Impatient? Stream it on Souncloud, psst look below. Gazy, gazy goodness. Crank it up and get your fuzz on for two minutes.
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We’re coming to the end of the good times, and the weekend is chock full of excellent shows to catch. I encourage you all to get out and support/see as many bands as possible, as that’s what keeps our music community energized…which is something we all claim makes Austin great, so we gotta support it. Here are my suggestions.
Punk Show @ Mohawk — A Giant Dog, OBN IIIs, Grape Street — Some of the best acts in Austin for rock n’ roll of the faster sort.
Quiet Company @ the Swan Dive — The group released an excellent album last year, so catch em’ while they’re hot.
Fresh Millions @ The Parish — We’ve raved about these bros for ages, and it’s a requirment that you catch them at least once in your lifetime. Do it now. Free.
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