Song of the Day: Ringo Deathstarr - So High

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Each and every Friday we offer songs by local artists. Today’s selection, featured on the Morning Show with John Richards, is “So High” by Ringo Deathstarr from the 2011 album Colour Trip on Sonic Unyon Records (due on March 8).

Ringo Deathstarr - So High (MP3)

That the Austin band opt for the King’s English in titling their first proper full length album and that it was first released by London label and premiere shoegaze club night AC30 should come as no surprise. Ringo Deathstarr’s Colour Trip is full of U.K.-inspired noise rock. In fact, not ten seconds into the album’s opening track, “Imagine Hearts,” and you’re already hearing The Jesus and Mary Chain’s surfy jangle pulled and pried with My Bloody Valentine-like distortion. Hardly ones to shy away from such comparisons, guitarist Elliott Frazier and bassist Alex Gehring, who alternate and occasionally share vocals, and drummer Daniel Coborn, call their fuzzy blend “starrgaze.” Like any of the bands they name check or they’ve performed with, including The Dandy Warhols, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, and Galaxie 500, Ringo Deathstarr’s high-intensity live shows are reportedly a wash of sonic bliss. As Frazier sings on “Tambourine Girl,” “there’s no such thing as much too loud.”

It’s also no surprise that the band chose today’s featured song, “So High,” as the first single from the album. Featuring dual vocals from Frazier and Gehring, the song stays in your head exponentially longer than its mere two minutes of melodic jangly pop. Think Lush and Heavenly as filtered through The Magnetic Fields and The Vaselines.

Currently, Ringo Deathstarr (it’s fun to say the name, isn’t it?) is touring Europe. They’ll be back in Austin just in time for SXSW. Hopefully, a U.S. tour will follow. Check their Facebook and MySpace pages for updates. For now, here’s the video from the album’s opening track:

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