Don Giovanni Records
R. Ring – War Poems, We Rested [Yellow Vinyl] – New LP
Regular price $ 26.00
From the haunting initial call of the album’s release, the muffled declarations and personal requests, sustaining strums of a distant guitar, and building to a crashing glockenspiel crescendo, this is the world you enter, and we’re just two minutes in. Mike Montgomery and Kelley Deal never asked for R. Ring, it found them via their own compulsions and highly skilled ability to recognize a good thing when they see it. A collaboration built on trust, mutual respect, and a desire to make undiluted music that “kicks the breath into you.” Undoubtedly indie rock but with the backbone and texture that you can only give it by having spent decades playing more aggressive music. Shellshag, Songs: Ohia, Superchunk, Guided By Voices might be the most straightforward way to explain the formula at work to someone who’s unfamiliar. But there’s this ethereal sub-realm that gives it its immortality. Bringing to mind: Dead Moon, The Great Unwashed, Suicide, David Kenneth Nance, Westerberg’s 49:00. This is an album that’s playing for keeps. You don’t just become a fan of, you let it into your life, reach for it when you feel hollow. – Daryl (Don Giovanni)
2023. R.Ring is Kelley Deal and Mike Montgomery. It is voices, guitars and keys. It is sparse, chaotic, abrasive and lulling often within the same song. It is a celebration of and departure from the music they make in their other bands; Kelley with the Breeders and Mike with Ampline. Kelley lives in Dayton, OH. Mike lives in Dayton, KY.