The phrase “shoegaze pioneers” in the press release for this here new Ringo Deathstarr album doesn’t quite ring true to me: this band have always excelled at playing shoegaze, but I wouldn’t put them among the originators. Anyway, Pure Mood is a strong collection of blasted noise pop, pressed in two different colours of spotted transparent vinyl.
CD £11.99 AC3012112
CD on Club AC30.
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LP £14.99 AC3012111
Limited coloured vinyl LP on Club AC30. Edition of 500 copies.
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Ringo Death Starr play a very slick American-ized take on shoe-gaze.... shoegaze as it would be as if produced by the late Jerry Finn. They mix and match their ’90’s influences by injecting a lot of grunge into their melting pot. The sweet opener ‘Dream Again’ is as subtle and as gentle as the record gets as ‘Heavy Metal Suicide’ grinds along somewhere between Nirvana and Metallica until the chorus adds the only bit of MBV to the equation. It’s ok but very heavy so be prepared. The main words to be spoken by the staff listening to this yesterday were Smashing Pumpkins (I’ve never been able to get past that nasal bleat so I wouldn’t know). From the shock rock of 'Heavy Metal Suicide’ they glide back into their shoegaze world. ‘Stare at the Sun’ has nice dynamics with a prowling powerful chorus bursting in like thousands of rickenbackers falling off a cliff top.
The album will be perfectly acceptable to anyone who enjoyed the music of what we used to call ‘the Scene That Celebrated Itself’ - there’s bits of all sorts of those bands within this sound but it’s been scrubbed for our modern day Spotify ears. ‘Guilt’ could serve as Lush’s comeback single if you weren’t paying proper attention, ‘Frisbee’ sits nicely in the mid point between Swervedriver and My Bloody Valentine with wild drumming and cascading boy/girl harmonies. The dynamics between the sweet female led sections and the grungier boy efforts are perfectly observed until the type of guitar solo Kevin Shields would never play comes in to try to ruin everything
Ringo Death Starr are great at re-creation and do it with dynamism and panache. Just don’t go expecting anything new or any kind of brevity….but sometimes it's just nice to get what you were expecting.
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