One Little Indie: R. Ring

Dec 21, 2012 Web Exclusive By Frank Valish Bookmark and Share

R. Ring is the new project of Kelley Deal (The Breeders) and Mike Montgomery (Ampline). After releasing three limited-quantity homemade singles, "Fallout & Fire" b/w "See" is the duo's first official 7" release, out on Misra Records. And one should not wait on R. Ring. Despite its members acknowledging the wait-and-see dynamic to the project, R. Ring seems to pick up steam with each successive small release. The A-side of this single is a minimalist acoustic guitar-led track with Deal singing in a slow, measured tone with that distinctive tone and timbre for which she's made a name for herself. The flip side starts with Deal asking for the lights to be turned down before romping into just under two minutes of up-tempo electric guitar-driven rave, featuring vocals by both Deal and Montgomery as perfect foils for one another. As a pair, the two tracks represent distinct sides of R. Ring, both superbly played and terrifically engaging. Cheekily, the record's cover features a cartoon orange and banana, sitting on the floor in suggestive poses, seemingly about to consummate their bizarre inter-fruit marriage. Like anything so good, the music here is over too soon, and now we are relegated to waiting for more music from this pair. But what a remarkable start. (




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March 13th 2013

Thanks a lot for the info)) I am going to listen to them on