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Colour Trip (Sonic Unyon)

Even if the first notes – and, well, most of Colour Trip – sound awfully derivative of British bands from the late 1980s, this Austin trio glitzes it up royally on its full-length bow, especially compared to its 2007 debut EP. Now, singer/guitarist Elliott Frazier is joined by bassist Alex Gehring on vocal duties, a soft, welcomed addition to the low-end rumpus. Does this male/female tandem make them sound even more like My Bloody Valentine? Ringo's never hid its feelings for the seminal noise group, and the double-punch of "So High" and "Two Girls" highlights that crush. Still, props for advancing the sound here and there rather than just blasting more reverb. The second half of Colour Trip is where Ringo Deathstarr finally warms up, "Tambourine Girl" its most frenzied moment of sonic abandon. (Fri., 11pm, Easy Tiger)


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