For Philly’s Bleeding Rainbow, it must finally feel like the past year and a half of hard work is paying off. The four-piece band’s third full-length, Yeah Right, dropped last month to their largest audience yet, thanks in part to new record label Kanine. And thanks in part to the sort of quirky, hooky back story that bloggers and music geeks can’t resist: that the name change (to Bleeding Rainbow from Reading Rainbow) was inspired by a disparaging remark from Carrie Brownstein.
The Carrie Brownstein story, it turns out, is mostly embellishment. “It’s barely true,” says one half of founding duo, Sarah Everton (more on that later), who also adds that it’s “total coincidence” that the change coincided with line-up changes (the band grew from a three-piece to a four-piece.) “I actually didn’t like making so many changes at once,” she explains. “Because I didn’t want people to dissociate everything we did before with what we’re doing now. … I didn’t want people to think we were a new band. We would have continued to evolve anyway, even if it was just me and Rob, or me and Rob and Al.”
Rob and Al are, of course, Rob Garcia, Everton’s husband and guitarist/vocalist, and Al Creedon, guitarist. Together with drummer Greg Frantz, they craft the sort of wicked, mind-bending jams that rile live audiences and reel in headphoners—the final and key ingredient to Bleeding Rainbow’s growing fan base. Continue reading →
Local indie group Turning Violet Violet play Kung Fu Necktie tonight. The Key Studio Session alums carve out chamber alt-rock songs on the fringe of art-rock that seem bathed in a purple glow, though that might just be residual effects of their band name. Either way, the songs on Turning Violet Violet’s debut full-length Double Cure are swathe-y, sweeping compositions that strike all the right feelings chords. Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with TeamMate and Donora can be found here. Revisit Turning Violet Violet’s Key Session here and watch their video for “Cold Bread” below.
Bleeding Rainbow certainly bring it on new record Yeah Right (it, of course, being angst and vibes)—but there’s something about a live performance that really showcases a group’s true mettle. On this live vid of standout single “Pink Ruff,” the Philly foursome totally kill it, infusing each note with real rock’n roll revelry. Note how Rob Garcia attacks his guitar, as if it’s inhabited by demons who must be pushed out—and how Sarah Everton belts each note with fervor. Al Creedon’s excellent pedal work and Greg Frantz’s madman drumming put the whole thing over the top—to say nothing of…the fog?
“This video cracks me up because you can hear the fog machine,” says Everton. “All that stuff is so goofy. It’s like… ‘Look at us on stage! This is a ROCK show!’”
Leave it to Bleeding Rainbow to make cheesy seem totally punk.
Experience the raucousness yourself tomorrow night when the band plays Johnny Brenda’s. Vibes guaranteed; fog machines optional.
Yeah Right is the featured album in this week’s edition of Unlocked;check outspotlighted single “Waking Dream” inMonday’s post, read yesterday’salbum reviewand check back later in the week for more on Yeah Right.
You can’t accuse Bleeding Rainbow of doing anything half-way. The Philly foursome has long been focused on taking the steps necessary to achieve their goals—whether it be adding two more band members to flesh out their sound, or maintaining a constant, crazy tour schedule to attract buzz and a label. On record, this translates to untrenchable sonic consistency: from the lo-fi hiss of early recordings (more a product of limited means at the time) to the thick, reverb-drenched ‘60s vibes of 2010’s Prism Eyes. On Yeah Right, the band opts to embrace a ‘90s dream-pop/shoegaze aesthetic, with vocalist/bassist Sarah Everton’s vocals ringing clear atop hazy guitars, and Greg Frantz’s rapid drumming propelling things forward. It’s a ratio the band worked hard to get just right, even remixing the record again once it was finished, and for the most part, it works. Bleeding Rainbow as a four-piece means the band can be fuller and more nuanced, and the added criss-crossing riffs and layers of feedback reflect an evolution towards something more confident and developed.
The dark, dreamy vibes are well-suited for the subject matter as well—Yeah Right teems with images of stars, and space, and drifting along, and songs like “Drift Away” come to life with wiggly guitar and hazy, far-away vocals that feel like they’re wafting towards you in the vacuum of outer space. Continue reading →
2013 is already shaping up to be a big year for Philly rockers Bleeding Rainbow. Last month saw the release of their third record and “big” indie debut Yeah Right, which launched the previously little-known foursome to solid buzz band status. It’s the band’s first release since they morphed from a duo to a quartet—and from Reading Rainbow to Bleeding Rainbow—and with the new record comes a new sound. Compared to its predecessors, Yeah Right is thicker, moodier, and dreamier, recasting the band as Philly’s new purveyors of shoegaze.
This week, we’ll be exploring Yeah Right every day on Unlocked, The Key’s regular showcase of new and significant releases from Philadelphia-area artists—in advance of the band’s Valentine’s Day show at Johnny Brenda’s. Tomorrow I’ll review the album; later in the week we’ll share a live video, and chat with the band. Today, we feature a stream of “Waking Dream,” an undeniable record highlight, and sunny journey through beaming guitars and resplendent harmonies. Check it out below — then check back all week for more Yeah Right on Unlocked.
Titus Andronicus off-shoot Hilly Eye play the First Unitarian Church Side Chapel tonight with Attia Taylor. Hilly Eye, the new Brooklyn-based duo project of drummer / vocalist Catherine Tung and guitarist / vocalist Amy Klein, have made fast moves in their short time as a band. They released their first EP in 2010, followed by a 7″ on Don Giovanni last year and this year’s subsequent full-length Reasons to Live. Pulling from the avant-noise tapestry of Lightning Bolt, Sonic Youth and the 90s “riot grrl” movement, Hilly Eye focus on transcendence both in their message and their sound with breathy vocals set against a backdrop of angular, heavy arrangements. Tonight they play with Philly-to-Brooklyn transplant Attia Taylor, who just shared a few cuts from her upcoming album Luxurious Corners. Tickets and information for the all-ages show can be found here. Below, watch Hilly Eye perform “Amnesia” at 285 Kent in Brooklyn.