Ringo Deathstarr, a musical trio from Austin, TX, have been putting out records since 2007. Consisting of Elliott Frazier (guitar, vocals), Alex Gehring (bass, vocals), and Daniel Coborn (drums, vocals), their sound is born from a love of melody, a love of guitar, and a hatred of pompous vocals. Finding it to be too much fun, the group has expounded upon the sounds of the masters before them.
Back with a new tape EP on No Problem Records, VATS’ sludgy, twisted mess of driving riffs push you off the edge of your consciousness into a wormhole of seclusion. Disorienting yet strangely comforting, the Today EP is the unmarked pill that you just take anyway to escape from people and hide from the world.
Brilliant Beast is a loud band from Minneapolis. Playing together since 2011, led by sibling dual-vocalists Hannah (vocals, guitar) and Jordan Porter (vocals, guitar) and anchored by the breakneck rhythm section of Mark Kartarik (bass) and Eric Whalen (drums), Brilliant Beast crafts pop music submerged in heavy doses of shoegaze, punk, and fuzz pop. Drawing from influences from Ride to Rites of Spring, Brilliant Beast’s songs are full of angular guitars, washy melodies, droning bass lines and cavernous vocals.