The Upshot: Abrasive guitars with strong pop melodies—Breeders’ Kelley Deal and Ampline’s Mike Montgomery kick out da jams.
BY JOHN B. MOORE
You need to go back to Bob Mould’s brilliant ‘90s band Sugar to find a band that so deftly blends abrasive guitars with strong pop melodies as R.Ring does on their debut LP, Ignite the Rest. The duo—The Breeders’ Kelley Deal and Ampline’s Mike Montgomery—have turned in an impressive collection of alt rock ditties that prove guitar rock is far from dead.
Despite the album including a number of singles the band has released over the past several years, there is still a strong cohesiveness to the album. A song like “Fallout and Fire,” going back to 2012, sounds like it was written and recorded at the same time as some of these newer singles. While Deal’s vocals are front and center on most of the songs, Montgomery’s turn at the mic, on a song like the album closer “See” is just as powerful. The pair bring in a handful of guests to flesh out the record, like celloist Lori Goldston who played alongside Nirvana and professional skateboarder Kristian Svitak.
Considering how long R.Ring has been together putting out singles, it’s surprising it’s taken them this long to finally put out and LP. Hopefully we won’t need to wait as long for a follow up.
DOWNLOAD: “Cutter,” “You Will Be Buried” and “See”