All In the Dream

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.

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