R.Ring is the new project from Kelley Deal of The Breeders and Mike Montgomery of post-hardcore outfit Ampline. With little more than guitars, voices and keys, the duo create music that’s sparse, abrasive, chaotic and lulling…often within the same song. Those expecting Deal andMontgomery to make music that sounds like their other bands will be surprised by how much of a departure R. Ring actually is.
On April 28th R. Ring release their debut album Ignite the Rest via SofaBurn Records. To pull it off, the duo enlisted the help of a few friends – many of which come from other notable bands – to flesh out some of the material. The bits of drumming that appear are courtesy of Laura King (Mac MaCaughan and the Non-Believers, Fleshwounds), Leo DeLuca (Southeast Engine) and professional skateboarder Kristian Svitak. The compelling cello arrangements are by Lori Goldston (Earth / Nirvana). The result is a collecting of tracks that run the gamut from plaintive meanderings to noise pieces to mid-tempo swoons to raucous barn-burners.
Today Glide Magazine is excited to premiere the music video for “Steam”. The song is hypnotic and whispery, and given beautiful textures by the presence of Lori Goldston’s cello and Kelley Deal’s enchanting backing vocals. This is fitting for the video, which is simply a slow tracking shot of a train state platform.
Reflecting on the video and the song, Mike Montgomery has this to say:
“Steam is one of the first songs Kelley and I started playing together. She used to accompany my guitar and singing on keys. One night on a tour, her keyboard broke as we went to start the song and she ended up just singing her melody through some guitar pedals to get us through it. We’ve done it that way ever since. With the addition of Lori Goldston’s cello on this album version it’s really a nice setting for the narrative: subjects trapped in time ignoring the looming futility of stubborn adherence to an ideal. Chris Glass’ captivating slow motion video captures the mood perfectly.”
R.Ring’s debut studio album, Ignite The Rest, will be available April 28th on limited vinyl, CD, digital and streaming formats via SofaBurn Records.
Pre-order R.Ring’s Ignite The Rest CD HERE.
R.RING 2017 TOUR DATES:
Apr 19: Newport, KY at Southgate House Revival
Apr 20: Columbus, OH at Rumba Café
Apr 21: Detroit, MI at Trinisophes
Apr 22: Chicago, IL at Schubas
Apr 23: Cleveland, OH at Happy Dog
Apr 24: Philadelphia, PA at Everybody Hits
Apr 25: Kingston, NY at BSP Kingston
Apr 26: Brooklyn, NY at Babys All Right
Apr 27: Baltimore, MD at Ottobar
Apr 28: Washington, DC at Comet Ping Pong
Apr 29: Chapel Hill, NC at Night Light
May 17: Live on WYSO Yellow Springs, OH 9pm
May 18: Louisville, KY at Monnik
May 19: Murray, KY at Terrapin Station
May 20: Lexington, KY at Green Lantern
May 21: Wooster, OH at Lucky Records
Top photo: B Smitty