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Wednesday May 17 2023
 8:00PM doors -- music at 8:30PM
•••  21 AND OVER
Ringo Deathstarr
 dream pop shoegaze
Pleasure Venom
 punk rock
The Spiral Electric
 heavy psychedelic rock

Ringo Deathstarr
-from Austin, TX
-"Melding the noisy pop hooks of late-'80s indie pop, the hazy guitar overload of shoegaze, and the gauzy punch of dream pop, Ringo Deathstarr carried the torch for the original wave of bands like Ride, Medicine, and early Smashing Pumpkins, who worked in similar fashion. Starting with their debut album Colour Trip, the trio's recorded output was reliably consistent from the very beginning; each record displayed their skills at crafting blown-out guitar pop songs, then putting them on tape with minimal nods to modern recording technology. This meant that their albums held up nicely next to those of their inspirations, and when the band finally pushed the formula a little by adding new sounds on 2020's self-titled album, they began to forge their own path.

The band was originally formed in 2005 by singer and guitarist Elliott Frazier in his hometown of Beaumont, Texas, but after moving to the more musically happening climes of Austin, he stabilized a new lineup with guitarist Renan McFarland, bassist Alex Gehring, and drummer Dustin Gaudet. Ringo Deathstarr's self-titled debut, a five-song EP, was released by the British label SVC Records in the fall of 2007. After a few more years of playing shows, shuffling members before settling on a core of Frazier, Gehring, and drummer Daniel Coborn, and honing their sound, the band was signed by the U.K. label AC30 after making a big splash at their Reverence Festival in 2010. The band's first album, Colour Trip, was released by AC30 in the winter of 2010, and was licensed by Sonic Unyon for release in Canada. They next issued a compilation of previously released tracks, 2011's Sparkler, and went on tour opening for Smashing Pumpkins, before returning with the Shadow EP in early 2012. Later that year, the group issued their second full-length album, Mauve, which displayed some newfound power and a streamlined production job by Frazier.

An EP, God's Dream, followed in 2013, then they released Pure Mood on Club AC30/Reverberation Appreciation Society in late 2015. On it the band expanded their sound by adding in poppier, lighter elements, while at the same time making the heavier bits even heavier. After the album's release, the band spent their time with real-life concerns and touring -- including a trip to Japan in 2019 -- then returned with a self-titled album in 2020 that saw them experimenting further with dream pop textures." ~ Stewart Mason, Rovi

Pleasure Venom
-from Austin, TX
-Experimental punk outfit Pleasure Venom explores topics of love, sex, resentment, racial injustice, and the general “absurdity of it all,” blasting audiences with a firehose deluge of fierce femme-punk rock. In July 2018, Afropunk named Pleasure Venom one of the Top 8 New Punk Bands on the Planet, and they showcased at SXSW Music Festival in spring 2019. Momentum building, the band caught the attention of Scottish powerhouse Shirley Manson of Garbage, and they joined Garbage’s US tour in early Summer 2019. With several critically acclaimed EPs and video releases under their belt, Pleasure Venom set their sights across the pond and toured the UK, playing Loud Women Fest in London that fall. They opened a sold out show for Against Me! in Austin, TX, in late December 2019. After taking time to regroup in 2020, the band entered 2021 with a bang, releasing “Fascist,” and "We Get What You Deserve," and playing Austin's LEVITATION. 2022 has seen Pleasure Venom opening for the Spits at Hotel Vegas and playing the Linda Perry EqualizeHER and Punk Black official showcases during SXSW Festival, releasing new single and video “Severed Ties,” opening a sold-out show for Bikini Kill, and featuring on the Peacock Network’s “Queer as Folk” reboot. They performed at the 2022 Austin City Limits Festival in October, and are slated to open for L7 during Austin's LEVITATION over Halloween weekend. Their music and videos have been featured in NME, Kerrang!, Alt-Press, Afropunk, Okayafrica, and in numerous indie and local publications. Lead Vocalist Audrey Campbell was accepted into the Recording Academy in 2022.

The Spiral Electric
-from San Francisco, CA
-The Spiral Electric have been a part of the San Francisco psychedelic rock firmament since their formation in 2011, and are described by The Obelisk as "a band ready, willing, and able to space the hell out", who "bridge the generally disparate realms of heavy psych and riffer heavy rock". They have toured the US west coast many times, from Seattle to Long Beach, and their catalogue includes three releases-- from debut "Upon Your Shore" and second album "Ask The Sky" (both produced by Tommy Dietrick), to their most recent, a self-titled double-album (produced by Steve Kille of Dead Meadow). The band currently consists of founding members and songwriters Clay Andrews (Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards) and Nicolas Percey (Guitar), Matias Drago (Drums), and Ryan McKnight (Bass). A new album is in the works for a 2023 release.