Words by Helen Knott
On Wednesday 9th March, Ringo Deathstarr performs at The Sunflower Lounge in Birmingham. Doors open at 8pm, with tickets priced at £12 (advance). For direct gig info and online ticket sales, click here.
This Sunflower Lounge gig is the first of a five-date UK tour in support of the band’s third studio album Pure Mood, which was released on 20th November through Club AC30.
The brilliantly/badly named Ringo Deathstarr, from Texas, was originally formed by singer and guitarist Elliott Frazier in 2007. After a string of singles and international tours (apparently the band is big in Japan) Ringo Deathstarr released their first album Colour Trip in 2011, followed by Mauve in 2012.
Their latest album, Pure Mood is a continuation of Ringo Deathstarr’s shoegaze sound – heavily influenced by bands like Ride, The Jesus & Mary Chain and My Bloody Valentine. Crucially, Ringo Deathstarr incorporates enough stylistic surprises, including hints of grunge and heavy metal, to keep things interesting.
And as for the band’s live show, expect Ringo Deathstarr to be loud. Maybe not My Bloody Valentine or Sunn O))) loud, but loud enough to make you worry the ceiling is about to cave in.
Until now Ringo Deathstarr’s most high profile was probably a support slot for The Smashing Pumpkins, back in 2012. But a resurgence in popularity of the shoegaze sound over recent years, through bands such as Cheatahs, Echo Lake and DIIV (along with the release of Ringo Deathstarr’s arguably best album to date) may mean it’s time for this hard working band to finally emerge as a force to be reckoned with.
…I think that’s enough bad Star Wars puns for one BPREVIEW.
Released in November 2015, ‘Guilt’ was the first taster of Pure Mood. Check it out below:
‘Guilt’ by Ringo Deathstarr
Ringo Deathstarr perform at The Sunflower Lounge on Wednesday 9th March. For direct gig info & online tickets, visit http://thesunflowerlounge.com/event/ringo-deathstarr/
For more on Ringo Deathstarr, visit http://ringodeathstarr.org
For more from The Sunflower Lounge, visit http://thesunflowerlounge.com