For close to ten years, Ringo Deathstarr has kept shoegaze alive and well in Austin, intent on not sounding like any other local band. Their influences are distinctly British and easy to spot, taking cues from the Cure, Cocteau Twins, and (of course) My Bloody Valentine. They’re even big in Japan, a rock cliche that’s come true after eight acclaimed Japanese tours.
But even if they’ve been pigeonholed, Ringo Deathstarr doesn’t act like it. Late last year, the band released Pure Mood, an album that distills so many ideas into a uniquely unified whole. Dreamy, atmospheric ballads rub shoulders with heavy guitar heroics, making for a big-tent rock record that’s equally weird and kick-ass. Remarkably, these songs all hover around the three-minute mark; they’re pop songs in sprawling disguise. Download “Guilt” below and catch Ringo Deathstarr tonight at Barracuda as they start yet another world tour. Doors at 9 p.m.