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Ringo Deathstarr,
Colour Trip Sonic Unyon Records, March 8

06/23/11
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



I’m too fricking busy these days not to be late to the ball sometimes, like here, where I’d requested the CD and gotten it, then forgotten all about it and requested it again until all the PR guys working this thing must think I’m some sort of pirate or whatever. This Austin, Texas, coed band is nu-gaze to some extent but not entirely sexless, unless you can’t discern the sexiness in things like Raveonettes and such; matter of fact it’s not truly-madly anything-gaze until the fourth track, “You Don’t Listen,” which does get washed in blinding brightness for half of it. Much of this is distort-o-rama full-reverb Jesus & Mary Chain/BRMC spook-pop, stuff you may know by now rubs my fur the way I like it. One major, major snafu, however, is the entirety of opener “Imagine Hearts,” ruined by woozy wobbly guitars that make the thing sound like the track got eaten by the dog at the studio — I’m not kidding, I had to double-check the tune at a couple places just to make sure my download hadn’t gotten wrecked somehow.  Pretty stupid but the only major problem, as the rest is absolutely what you’d want to hear within this genre. B+
—Eric W. Saeger






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