All the great rock, in its many forms, does go past 11. It has to. Sometimes past 12 or 13, enough to destroy the ears, lungs, ribcage and stomach – simultaneously. You know. Loud. It’s not too presumptuous to assume that Ringo Deathstarr craftily maneuvers in those general higher-volume areas with the greatest of skill. And now, your Austin Music Minute maven will dare to paraphrase a most excellent comedian: “‘What’s that star?’ ‘It’s Ringo Deathstarr!’ ‘What does it do?!’ ‘It does LOUD.'”
But there is much more to the Austin-based trio than killer volumes. Guitarist/songwriter/vocalist Elliot Frazier, bassist/vocalist Alex Gehring and drummer Daniel Coborn tear the walls down in an irresistible fuzzed-up shoegaze frenzy, quite in demand in various parts of the world, which is why they’ve toured internationally very often. And deservedly so; these are tremendous, sharp, cool and badass jams. The band’s about to release a new mini-album – not an EP, but a mini-album – called Gods Dream. It’s already available in Japan today through Vinyl Junkie Records, but the rest of us have to wait until early next year to snag a copy. It’s worth the wait, though!
And to tide us over until that time, Ringo Deathstarr will be sharing their new music at a show tonight at Hotel Vegas, 1502 E. 6th St. It’s a heavy-duty bill featuring Holy Wave, Captive, Polio Club and Magia Negra starting out the evening. Doors open at 9 p.m. DJ Andrew McCalla spins between sets.
A big night of big music. Don’t leave the earplugs at home, dearie. This one comes highly recommended.