From the onset of the evening, the couches aligning the Mercury Lounge were occupied by mushy, snuggly couples, dates, (and random hook ups?). Once any pair, or half a pair would get up to get another beer or pee, their spot was immediately snagged by someone else. It makes a lot of sense. With the lush hazy sweetness of Fat Creeps and Bleeding Rainbow filling a dimly lit room, intimacy was on everyone’s mind. The stage persona of both acts also made it a little too easy to forget you were in a public hot spot full of strangers and not your friend’s basement.
Fat Creeps’ mildly unsettling band name is counterbalanced by their an adorably awkward personalities, perfected by each member of the timid trio. Throughout their set, all three were extremely rigid, staying in their assigned area of the stage. Girl bassist on one side, girl guitarist on the other, boy drummer sandwiched center-stage between the two blushing sweethearts, whose knees would slightly bend in an alluring girl-next-door bashfulness whenever they eeked out a “thank you.” The drummer’s all arms, Daddy Longlegs drumming style gave him a spastic sort of posture. The brimming shyness didn’t convey artlessness in Fat Creeps’ act but, instead, reminded me of being at a loosely organized basement show in a friend’s house. No one was sitting on washing machines or dryers, but people were swaying and head-bobbing clumsily to tunes they weren’t so familiar with, but wished they were. All the nuanced timidity in the room called for any pretentious flairs to be left at the door.
“Everyone move up” was the friendly greeting of frontwoman Sarah Everton of Bleeding Rainbow. Minimal time between the sets meant limited time to get another drink, but more time for the bands to play and the audience to enjoy the noise. Bleeding Rainbow brought a casual vibe to their performance, and playing after Fat Creeps made it even easier. Everton has a bubbly charm; she makes the band’s dreamy noise-pop look effortless. This effortlessness is heightened by crowd’s familiarity with the riffs and the hooks of breezy numbers like “Pink Ruff” and “Drift Away.” For fans of this year’s Yeah Right, it looks like another album may soon be on the way. Bleeding Rainbow played two new songs, and both tracks hinted that the next album will be yet another dose of blithely filthy Philly shoegaze. Fingers crossed.