Bleeding Rainbow // Interrupt
Recommended Track: Out of Line
I’m going to go out on a limb here and disagree with Pitchfork.
They seem to feel that Bleeding Rainbow is in retrograde, devolving into a twee and forgettable band. First of all, I’d like to bring up the fact that Bleeding Rainbow is based out of Philadelphia. The city, which is full of decrepit buildings and outskirts full of apartments, brownstones and warehouses falling apart at the seams, is very conducive to recording scratchy shoegaze onto a four track with a few pedals you picked up at a studio closure.
Interrupt at it’s best is evocative of My Bloody Valentine at their best: swirling columns of noise with dissonant guitars. I like Bleeding Rainbow because they fall just short of being derivative. Call me old fashioned, but I don’t think a facsimile of a good band is decent art. I don’t perceive their effort of branching out from their early albums as selling out. Bleeding Rainbow should grow up, just like everyone else. Loss of innocence, if lousy in most areas, at least can be good for artistic growth.
The good songs aren’t up in front for this one, you’ve got to work for them. My favorite is “Out Of Line.” Beginning with a halting rhythm and building into an angry blast of noise, it follows the sonic pattern of an argument, building and receding, finally exploding into an angry and unnatural blast of guitar and drums. This band finds a sweet spot in dissonant harmony, and happily, Interrupt gets more dissonant as it goes on. Their male and female harmonies bring a less tone-deaf Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon to mind.
All these good things being said, Bleeding Rainbow isn’t some magical cornucopia of musical sex. They have some bad points, they’re just hard to pin down. The worst I could say about them is that they’re too laconic. Music of this type deserves more of a drug addiction, or death in the family. True tragedy and miserableness shines, and what Bleeding Rainbow gives us smacks a little bit much of yuppieism. They just aren’t crazy and doomed enough.