On last year’s Yeah Right, Philadelphia garage pop outfit Reading Rainbow became Bleeding Rainbow. The band explained the name change on Tumblr, and many latched onto the last detail: Carrie Brownstein didn’t like the name Reading Rainbow. The key bullet point of their explanation, in retrospect, is far simpler. “It is trippy as shit,” they wrote of their new moniker; the psychedelia is all the justification you should need. Accordingly, Yeah Right delved headlong into shoegaze exploration, and Bleeding Rainbow’s relatively straightforward crunch exploded into puddles of guitar soup. After letting their new recipe simmer for a while, those additions have reduced some on follow-up Interrupt, as the band combine aspects of the old persona they grew out of with new, darker interests.
This dichotomy is mirrored in the juxtaposition between founding members Sarah Everton and Rob Garcia. Everton sounds as strong as ever on “Time & Place”, her controlled tones leading the way over a throwback to the scuffed up, rambunctious days of Dinosaur Jr., though her vocals are nowhere as weary as Mascis’s. When Garcia takes the lead on the punchy, fantastic “Start Again”, the verses echo Thurston Moore’s intense, flat delivery, spirals of clenched-jaw guitar rippling off each ragged edge. When the two combine for the chorus on that track and the equally hyper “Images”, their affects pair sweetly.
Interrupt never quite gets into the My Bloody Valentine territory Bleeding Rainbow started to explore on their last album, but “Monochrome” comes closest, wordless moans lingering in a few layers of sweater. Bleeding Rainbow pumps serious hooks into the rest of the tracks, almost daring the swirling, sticky garage fuzz to overtake them, rather than reveling in the muck itself. Most of the time, the choruses ring out strong enough, but a couple (like the overpowered “Out of Line”) get a bit lost. Everton and Garcia are clearly still on their way to perfecting the blend of their previously proven pop knack and their noisy strength, but Interrupt is a serious step towards fusing those halves.
Essential Tracks: “Start Again”, “Images”