bleedingrainbow

Despite having a name like your school’s answer to Placebo, Philadelphia four piece Bleeding Rainbow (formerly known not completely differently as Reading Rainbow) sound a lot different to a bunch of teenagers rehearsing in the garden shed: oh wait… no they don’t. Not that this is a bad thing, though. Combining ’90s shoe gaze and a lo-fi rawness to what is essentially pop music, the band’s fourth album, ‘Interrupt’, harks back to a time of messy fun and youthful instability. Polish away the amorphous fuzziness and some tracks could almost be Blink 182 creations in disguise.

“I want you to tell me what to do because I don’t know,” sings Sarah Everton and Rob Garcia in second track ‘Tell Me’, against a backdrop of pop-punk riffs and kicking drumbeats. The rest of the album continues in a similar vein; angsty lyricism, raucous drums, tangled together with a hypnotic sonic drone. It’s a fun album but its only real moments of brilliance are when it gets grungier and dirtier than a flannel shirt caked in mud, and that’s just not often enough.

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