Ringo Deathstarr – Colour Trip Album Review.


Ringo Death Starr -‘Colour Trip’

‘So High’ By Ringo Deathstarr.

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‘Imagine Hearts’ (Free Download) By Ringo Deathstarr.

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Some albums are released; some albums ‘drop’ and some albums are unleashed. The latter certainly applies to Texan based  trio, Ringo Deathstarr.  Their debut album ‘Colour Trip’ unleashes a riotous effect laden aural assault that very much takes it’s cue from shoegaze noise merchants such as  My Bloody Valentine and Ride  but combines it with the swaggering  wall-of-sound rock n roll/pop sensibility of The Jesus  & Mary Chain.  Or as guitarist Elliot Frazer puts rather more succinctly ‘“We write cool little pop songs but we just bury them under loud amounts of noise”

The off kilter disorientation of  album opener ‘Imagine Hearts’ in which bassist Alex Gehring assumes vocal duties,  sounds like  an angel being sucked into the roar of a jet engine. The blistering ‘Do It Everytime’ is prime cut Mary Chain with Eliott Frazer sounding uncannily like Jim Reid‘ So High’ is dream pop via The Shop Assistants and The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, whilst ‘Two Girls’ conjures up  Lush/Cocteau Twin era shoegaze.

‘Colour Trip’ is a sonic juggernaut of an album, but unlike some ‘shoegaze’ style bands of recent years  the band have remembered noise and effects without tunes can often sound like, without putting too finer point on it, self indulgent  arse wankery.  And crucially beneath the pulsating reverb,  sonic squall and soaring guitar riffs Ringo Deathstarr  have also written some pretty darn fantastic pop tunes. Tracks such as ‘Tambourine Girl’ are infused with sonic beauty and raw power sounding rather like  MBV meets the Ramones whilst  ‘You Don’t Listen’ could quite happily sit next to the Jesus & Mary Chain’s ‘Upside Down’ without too much embarrassment.

Ultimately detractors will piss and moan stating this is nothing new and that this style of music has been done before, and done better. But really, who gives a flying f**k? We can over analyse everything in life, to such a point at which all the joy is extracted  from a given moment. Instead don’t get too hung up on what’s gone before, just sit back and enjoy the trip.

Album rating 8/10.



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Andy Von Pip

ANDY VON PIP - Founder, editor, writer, reviewer, photographer and all-round good guy at the VPME.com. House photographer for The Academy Music Group, Zuma Press, Event Magazine and Rex Features worldwide. You can check out his photography at Andy Von Pip Photography Has been new music tipster on BBC6 Music, Amazing Radio, and DJ on Strangeways Radio (USA.) Can currently be heard on IWFM Radio. His radio work has been described as sounding like Ian McCulloch on ketamine fused with Ringo Starr. New music tipster on Amazing Radio, moderator for BBC 6 Music DJ Tom Robinson's Fresh on the Net, former member of "BBC's Sound Of" panel. Written and photographic work has appeared in The Quietus, Music Week, Record Of The Day, The Guardian, GIITV, The Sabotage Times, Bido Lito, The Skinny, Louder Than War. Media partner and curator for Liverpool Sound City.

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