11 Songs, 50 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

First named Forensic Teens and then reconfigured to Reading Rainbow, this Philadelphia quartet settled on Bleeding Rainbow before recording its 2013 album Yeah Right. “Go Ahead” opens as the married duo of Rob Garcia and Sarah Everton sing endearing twee-pop harmonies over fingerpicked electric guitar. A swirling background of amp feedback slowly builds into thunderous sonics propelled by drummer Greg Frantz’s minimal approach to timekeeping. The following “Pink Ruff” is a better example of the band’s power for detonating explosive walls of sound, à la Isn’t Anything–era My Bloody Valentine. Here, Bleeding Rainbow boasts more audible singing and catchier melodies, balancing out the distorted, dive-bombing guitars. The band's worship of Kevin Shields works its way deeper into “You’re Not Alone,” sounding as if guitarists Garcia and Al Creedon decided to create their own sequel to Loveless while patiently waiting for m b v to finally drop. With the balance of bygone shoegazing effects and playful indie-pop vocal melodies in “Losing Touch,” don’t be surprised if Bleeding Rainbow's next album appears on Slumberland Records.

EDITORS’ NOTES

First named Forensic Teens and then reconfigured to Reading Rainbow, this Philadelphia quartet settled on Bleeding Rainbow before recording its 2013 album Yeah Right. “Go Ahead” opens as the married duo of Rob Garcia and Sarah Everton sing endearing twee-pop harmonies over fingerpicked electric guitar. A swirling background of amp feedback slowly builds into thunderous sonics propelled by drummer Greg Frantz’s minimal approach to timekeeping. The following “Pink Ruff” is a better example of the band’s power for detonating explosive walls of sound, à la Isn’t Anything–era My Bloody Valentine. Here, Bleeding Rainbow boasts more audible singing and catchier melodies, balancing out the distorted, dive-bombing guitars. The band's worship of Kevin Shields works its way deeper into “You’re Not Alone,” sounding as if guitarists Garcia and Al Creedon decided to create their own sequel to Loveless while patiently waiting for m b v to finally drop. With the balance of bygone shoegazing effects and playful indie-pop vocal melodies in “Losing Touch,” don’t be surprised if Bleeding Rainbow's next album appears on Slumberland Records.

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About Bleeding Rainbow

Originally named after the '80s children's PBS television series Reading Rainbow, Bleeding Rainbow popped up on the skirt of the lo-fi indie trend in late 2009. Philadelphia transplants and eventually married couple Rob Garcia and Sarah Everton formed the band from the ashes of a screamy Richmond, Virginia no wave band called Forensic Teens. After their drummer bailed on a gig, Everton (a singer with limited musical abilities, who was essentially making noises on a circuit-bent keyboard) turned to the drums herself, and in about two weeks learned how to accompany guitarist Garcia on a stripped-down kit comprised of merely a snare and a floor tom. Embracing minimalism, heavy reverb saturation, and an analog aesthetic, the duo started recording with a Tascam 388 eight-track reel-to-reel, and debuted with an EP of demos and a vinyl LP titled Mystical Participation before making plans to release Songs to Sing in early 2010. A second album, Prism Eyes, also arrived in 2010. In 2012 the band changed its name, going on record with various reasons why, including being sick of dumb interview questions about the moniker as well as Sleater-Kinney/Portlandia mogul Carrie Brownstein not caring for it too much. Along with the name change, the group expanded its lineup, Everton giving over the drum stool to Greg Frantz and Al Creedon joining as an additional guitarist. The quartet members worked together on the darker, more feedback-laden 2013 full-length Yeah Right. They returned the following year with the more concise, punk-leaning Interrupt. ~ Fred Thomas

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