After a variety of name changes and band member additions and subtractions since their formation in 2009, Philly-based garage rockers Bleeding Rainbow are finally getting the chance to figure out who they really are. They tossed out almost all of the cutesy-ness that went along with their former moniker, Reading Rainbow, and came into Interrupt, their second album under their current name, ready to rage-rock.
Interrupt kicks off quickly with Time & Place, crushes any second guesses about the band’s ability to do heavy drums and guitar, and gets the listener bobbing his head. The track is not groundbreaking, but it is a lot of fun, and lead vocalist Sarah Everton gets an opportunity to showcase some of her newfound vocal power. Tell Me comes in next just as quickly, and with it comes the band’s first song where Everton and guitarist and vocalist Rob Garcia share vocal duties. Together, their voices create a fuller, unique sound that is missing from some of their earlier stuff.
Cut Up is another highlight, featuring the punk anger that Bleeding Rainbow can pull off so well. But it isn’t as much of a swift punch to the gut as other tracks on the album. With lyrics like, “I fall all the time, I fall over you,” the track isn’t eloquent, but it’s grungy and it’s honest.
A few of the mid-album cuts, like “Start Again” and “Dead Head” seem to bleed together, with the same coming-in-swinging aesthetic. Not to say this is completely a bad thing. These songs are enjoyable, but there’s not much distinctness between them. In the past, Bleeding Rainbow has seen plenty of comparisons to My Bloody Valentine. Interrupt is a slight step away from that comparison, until the eighth track, Monochrome. Monochrome is full of that classic shoegaziness, full of pitch bends and a sound that swells, calms, and swells again.
These guys have gone through some major shifts, and that seems to have hindered their growth and formation of their own distinct sound. And yet, Interrupt could be the beginning of the band’s self-discovery. The album is not a perfect work of art, but it is a good stepping stone for Bleeding Rainbow to become the band it has the potential to be.