Philly punk band Bleeding Rainbow are coming home for a show at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. With a new record out next January, the nervy, harmonizing four-piece have been hitting the touring life hard lately, playing CMJ showcases in New York last month and spending September out on the west coast. The new record, which follows up this year’s Yeah Right debut, was recorded at Fancy Time Studios here in Philadelphia. Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with Potty Mouth and Batty can be found here. Watch Bleeding Rainbow perform new song “Start Again” below.
California-based alternative pop-rock group The Neighbourhood made a stop at Union Transfer Tuesday night as a part of their tour in support of their debut album, I Love You, released this past spring. The upbeat quasi-hip-hop band staged their performance to run in conjunction with their unusual self-description (for music, that is) as sounding “Black and White”. Hence these images being, you said it, in black and white. The notion of high contrast and impact brought to mind by this image is undoubtedly present in their music, frontman Jesse Rutherford offering a charismatic mélange of melody and rhythm in his distinctly formulated vocals.
The group kicked off the show with the first track off their new record, “How,” whose lyrical self-deprecation verged on irony, Rutherford’s stage confidence resembling that of a well seasoned performer. Also notable from I Love You was “Let It Go”, wherein the radiantly anthemic and musing refrain was echoed by throngs of teenage girls and grown men alike. Speaking of crowd participation, not one song later Rutherford had the audience playing the role of his vocal doppelgänger repeating the word, “What?” on “W.D.Y.W.F.M?”. Late in the set, the group performed a track he describes as the song that best exemplifies the band’s “mission statement”, “Afraid”, whose blatantly hostile affront of a chorus can only come from a deeply passionate place (I’ll leave it to you to look up the lyrics). I wouldn’t hesitate a moment to say that, especially onstage, The Neighbourhood succeeds in their endeavors to create a musical experience that is genuinely unique.
Joining The Neighbourhood was The 1975, whose tuneful performance was an incredibly refreshing relief to whom I’m going to call the “Mystery DJ”, whose apathetically deadpan attempt to warm up the crowd was puzzlingly out of place and poorly executed. Regardless, the Manchester natives were a win in my book, cleverly working the yiddish word, “chutzpah”, into complementary banter. Somewhat resemblant of fellow British post-punk alternative rock group, The Kooks, The 1975 will be returning to Union Transfer this October, and would definitely be worth seeing. Check out photos in the gallery below and the setlist after the jump.
Below, listen to a new song, “Haunt // Bed,” from Manchester Brit-rockers The 1975 from the band’s forthcoming IV EP, out on May 20th. The band is playing on a bill with The Neighbourhood on Tuesday, June 25th; due to popular demand – the show, originally scheduled to be at Johnny Brenda’s – has been moved to Union Transfer. Go here for tickets to the show.
The Neighbourhood and The 1975 are playing Johnny Brenda’s on Tuesday, June 25th. The show offers the promise of two hotly buzzed bands “before they get big.” From Manchester, England, The 1975 bring a convincingly fresh take to the world of classic Brit-pop. From LA, The Neighbourhood are a stylish, pop minded group whose song “Sweater Weather” is shaping up to be a fan favorite (watch the video below). Tickets to the show go on sale here this Friday, April 26 at Noon.
British ska revival group The English Beat will be performing this evening with The Paul Collins Beat at World Café Live. The English Beat, spearheaded by Dave Wakeling, recorded three albums together between 1980 and 1982. The all-ages show tonight will start at 8; more ticket information can be found here. Below, watch The English Beat perform “Save It For Later” from their 1982 record, Special Beat Service.