Philadelphia has a very eclectic music scene to say the least. The city of brotherly love is home to the inventors of hip-hop blues G. Love & Special Sauce, funky folk-rockers Hoots & Hellmouth, trance fusion jamstars The Disco Biscuits, experimental indie rock band MewithoutYou and hip-hop group Jedi Mind Tricks just to name a few. Floating around under the radar (no pun intended to my radio show that airs live Wednesdays at 9pm of course) since 2008, psychedelic shoegaze band Bleeding Rainbow has their 3rd album Yeah Right currently out and it's musically impeccable.
Sounding like a mix of My Bloody Valentine, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Sonic Youth, The Cranberries and even a little bit of Siouxie & The Banshees, Bleeding Rainbow takes everything that was great about the music that came out during the alternative rock explosion of the late 80s and early 90s while giving it that old-school raw quality that anyone who loves plugging their headphones in and turning up the volume can admire. It's not everyday that you hear a band in 2013 including lo-fi, shoegaze styles into their music while there is such a huge concentration of folk and garage rock bands running wild. Bleeding Rainbow's Yeah Right sets itself apart from the rest by taking risks and rewarding themselves and the listener by making their music an otherworldly experience.
Have you ever set out to make an opinionated point about something that you absolutely love but in your heart you know that is doesn't even come close to how you actually feel? Well, welcome to me picking my favorite tracks off of Yeah Right. I love every track so it's obviously very difficult to narrow it down to just a few. Ok, enough of my whining and complaining! Here goes something: "Pink Ruff" explodes with guitar riffs coming at your ears in all different directions, the top track off of the album that I can't stop listening to. "Waking Dream" has that loud-quiet-loud structure reminiscent of The Pixies, with every downbeat having the guitars join right in to blow you away. "Losing Touch" has that gritty, fuzzy guitar that is featured across the whole album pushed to the forefront with psychedelic ambience in the background. "Inside My Head" mixes the droning bass to the digitized synth coming from the keyboards to make a song that maybe The B-52's would have made without the new wave pop. Regardless, you better get Bleeding Rainbow's Yeah Right to listen to an awesome band that you probably haven't heard of before.
Bleeding Rainbow will be undertaking a mini east coast tour starting at The Duke Coffeehouse in Durham, NC on January 18th, Cake Shop in New York City on February 12th, Glasslands in Brooklyn the next night on February 13th, DC9 in Washington, D.C. the following night February 14th and ending the tour by rocking Johnny Brenda's in their hometown of Philadelphia on Valentine's Day. Hopefully Bleeding Rainbow comes to play in the New England area soon but until then, grab a copy of their new album Yeah Right. Take it from me, it's a beautiful piece of music.
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