Ringo Deathstarr, the shoegaze champions of Austin, Texas, are planning the release of a new album, Pure Mood, later this month. Recently, the band shared a track entitled “Guilt” on their Soundcloud, featuring none other than Smashing Pumpkins guitarist Jeff Schroeder for a solo. The track can be heard below:
During tour dates in the winter of 2011, Ringo Deathstarr toured with the Smashing Pumpkins during the Otherside of the Kaleidoscope tour, featuring Mike Byrne on drums and Nicole Fiorentino on bass guitar. The band seemed to maintain a steady relationship with the Pumpkins and Schroeder has posted pictures of the band and some of their shows on Instagram.
Ringo Deathstarr played recently at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, which I had the pleasure to attend. Unfortunately, because of a schedule conflict I could not attend their Sunday performance (or the entire Sunday festival at all) but do expect an interview with the band within the next couple of days. Though I would have much rather done it in person, the interview will be done over email and available soon, hopefully around the release of Pure Mood. A review of Fun Fun Fun Fest is also due soon.
In Pumpkinland, nothing much is going on currently. Presumably, the next album is done and we are waiting for the first single to be released sometime next month. The album is due out for next year and is expected to a severely darker air to it. During the writing of the album, Schroeder said “Billy and I are making a doom metal album.” So, two things to look forward to: Pure Mood and the next Pumpkins album. Let’s hope these two get a chance to tour again!