One of several sets Philly punk band Bleeding Rainbow played during SXSW last month was for BreakThruRadio and the New York-based video producers captured a portion of Yeah RIght single “Pink Ruff” on film. Sandwiched between “skronk pop” band UUVVWWZ and singer-songwriter Dana Falconberry, the four-piece talked tacos, hotel amenities and roadtrip music with their stage hosts in a short interview. Watch the recap of BTRtoday’s SXSW Day Party, Part 1 below and check out Bleeding Rainbow’s appearance beginning at 3:42.
Bleeding Rainbow | Photo by Kate McCann | katemccannphotogrpahy.com
Psychedelic Seattle four-piece The Cave Singers headlined Johnny Brenda’s on Thursday, touring in support of their fourth full-length, Naomi, released last month on Jagjaguwar Records. Joining them was Philly’s Bleeding Rainbow, whose new drummer, Dominique Montgomery, was making her Philadelphia debut. Check out scenes from the show in the photo gallery above.
Indie rockers Darwin Deez play the First Unitarian Church tonight. The Asheville, North Carolina band formed in New York City in 2009, feeling at home at the Sidewalk Cafe, a launching pad for off-beat pop acts including Kimya Dawson and Adam Green. The band released their self-titled debut of upbeat, dance-along tracks shortly after in 2010. Now the Darwin Smith-led quirk pop outfit are working the road for sophomore effort Songs For Imaginative People, released via Lucky Number in February. Tickets and information for tonight’s all-ages show at the First Unitarian Church with Caged Animals and Cheers Elephant can be found here. Watch the video for Darwin Deez’s “Free (The Editorial Me)” below.
Citing breakfast cereal commercials, zebra print spandex, Elfquest comics, film noir, beat poets and nature as sources of inspiration, Wrong World are a high-energy four-piece out of Philadelphia that got their start playing two songs over and over in a basement as an instrumental trio before scrapping that approach and adding a vocalist. That exact recipe for their eclectic potpourri of influences may not be apparent when listening to the three tracks posted on their Bandcamp, but what is apparent is that Wrong World’s balance of raw garage-ness and bursts of melodic poppy-ness makes them an instant-crush worthy band. Stream “See These Streets” below and catch them at Johnny Brenda’s on April 4th opening for Bleeding Rainbow and The Cave Singers. Tickets and information can be found here.
Philly noise-pop force of nature Bleeding Rainbow (they’re in between drummers at present, hence the moody new band photo) shared a “long lost B-side” with RollingStone.com today. Actually, it’s an outtake from the Yeah Right recording sessions that is being released as a digital single via Kanine Records, but it sounds badass either way. From the song’s premiere:
“We recorded Oblivion during the first of three recording sessions for our album Yeah Right,” bassist and singer Sarah Everton tells Rolling Stone. “We wanted to take our harmonies to the extreme – we were listening to a lot of Everly Brothers at the time – and as a way to create tension that’s broken by the pop chorus dropping in.”
Listen to “Oblivion” below. Bleeding Rainbow returns to the Johnny Brenda’s stage next Thursday, April 4th, when they open for The Cave Singers. Tickets and information on the show are available at the venue’s website.
Bleeding Rainbow at SXSW 2012 | Photo by John Vettese
The music portion of the Austin’s annual South by Southwest festival kicks off today, and many of our city’s finest up-and-coming bands have been spent the last week crammed in hatchbacks or vans with amps and instruments, making their trek to Texas. Several have, over the past couple years, recorded Key Sessions in our studio, and today we present you with a downloadable sampler of artists who are repping Philly in in Austin this week.
Beginning with a snappy performance of “Jackie” by Philly pop-rockers Cold Fronts, who won a JanSport competition to be a SXSW featured artist, all the way to the doom-y “Downward Years to Come” from Nothing, it showcases some of the rock (Cheers Elephant), hip-hop (Lushlife) and punk (Lantern) Philly bands on the various bills across Austin. Listen to the set below, download at Soundcloud. And check out some bonus video after the Jump – West Philly’s Waxahatchee performs a ton of shows this week, including an NPR Music showcase with Nick Cave tomorrow, while Bleeding Rainbow is making the rounds as well. See videos of the former playing “Dark Moon” in our studio and the latter tearing up “Get Lost” at Johnny Brenda’s.
For the final segment in their week-long Unlocked series, Philly punks Bleeding Rainbow chose to make a playlist of their fave songs and influences, which you can check out below. The playlist features four picks from each of the four band members (that’s, in order, Rob, Sarah, Greg, Al)—which run the gamut from cheesy ’80s pop (who doesn’t love a lil Fleetwood Mac?) to dense, instrumental ragers. Listening through is a bit like being offered a glimpse into the band’s collective mind—which is just as nuanced and unique as we’d expect. Continue reading →