By Virginia Yapp
Editor’s note: This article was originally published January 2, 2014
2013 was a busy year for Free Week veterans Ringo Deathstarr. The group spent the year writing and recording a new mini album, "God’s Dream"; playing shows in far-flung places such as Israel, Japan, Germany, London and Canada; and fitting in appearances at a number of local music venues.
After founding the band in Beaumont, Texas, in 2005, guitarist/vocalist Elliot Frazier moved to Austin, and eventually finalized a lineup that includes Alex Gehring on vocals and bass and Daniel Coborn on drums.
Over the course of a couple of full-length albums, a handful of EPs and a bunch of singles, the group has fine-tuned its loud, fuzzy, reverb-drenched sound, influenced by groups such as My Bloody Valentine and Chapterhouse.
"God’s Dream," out in Japan as of Dec. 18 via Vinyl Junkie Recordings, will be available stateside in February. The band got Swervedriver’s Adam Franklin and the Smashing Pumpkins’ Jeff Schroeder to play guitar on some songs, including teaser track "Flower Power."
The band has a couple of shows on deck during Free Week, including a performance at the Belmont on Saturday with the Boxing Lesson and a set Friday, Jan. 10, with Black Books and Hello Caller at the Mohawk. Visit their website, ringodeathstarr.org, to hear tracks and learn more.