Ringo Deathstarr - Mauve
A nu-gazey volley of brash guitars, drums and morose vocals
Undoutedly the only thing to bring a smile to the face on listening to Ringo Deathstarr is their name. Everything else about this nugazing trio should make you feel pretty down even if you happen to like their 25-years-after-the-event schtick. A volley of brash guitars, drums and morose vocals all suggest they’re running late for a close relative’s funeral.
The mood is lifted by ‘Brightest Star’, a welcome salve of lush ambience, which you just know will be wrecked any second by another migraine-inspiring blitzkrieg. And sure enough, the calm is unsubtly ruptured on ‘Waste’, ‘Drain’ and ‘Please Don’t Kill Yourself’. The best that can be said about RDS (other than the name) is that they’re never dull.