Bleeding Rainbows - Yeah Right

by Miz DeShannon Rating:7 Release Date:2013-02-04

Labelled as 'psychedelic shoepunk post-gaze' (well, that's just unnecessary genre making for the sake of it), Bleeding Rainbow are so 90s throwback here: fuzzy, reverb-soaked, girly indie-pop; simple melodies and lots of chord strumming on the guitars. Is that any better a description? Yeah Right is noise-pop, feedback wails and heavy drumming but with Sarah Everton's vocal at times a bit B-52s. There are also lots of MBV influences ('You're Not Alone') but with more clarity, less distortion.

The acapella of 'Go Ahead' doesn't feel like the best start, especially when followed by the angsty girl-and-guitar of 'Pink Ruff' - one-note bass, guitar cut-out and build-up at the middle eighth, minimal notes on the vocal too, one of the best tracks on the album. There are more twee, girly vocals and easy-peasy guitar parts on 'Drift Away', which makes for a Bangles thing. No complaints there, then. In fact, that idea rolls through the next couple of tracks, something mimicked by the likes of The Dum Dum Girls and Frankie Rose lately. 'Shades of Eternal Night' is a perfect example of this approach mixed with pitch-bending eeriness.

'Fall into Your Eyes' falls heavy on an MBV feel, slow and dreamy and jam-packed with floaty vocal harmonies. The signature girly-pop smacks back on 'Inside My Head', though, one of the most catchy songs on the album. Or is it, because then you reach 'Waking Dream', where the twee guitar's interrupted by a heavy blast of guitar and drums. Grungy, boyish and again, so 90s, so melodic.

Boyishness continues with a surprising male lead from Rob Garcia on 'Losing the Touch', a snappy, upbeat fuzz-pop track. Dreaminess and fuzziness feature again on 'Cover the Sky', before we get sharp drumming and lots of top-end, with an out-of-character guitar melody, on 'Get Lost', probably the most upbeat track on the album, putting it all in at the end, scrabbling on guitar strings and going heavy on the bass.

There's not really a lot to say about this album, musically. Each track is much the same in ingredients: echoing guitars, drifting, dreamy vocals, repetitive drum beats and the odd bit of feedback to mix it up - rudimentaries and a default sound for so many bands, but it's still good. Bleeding Rainbows get the layers and tempos right, and the flow of the tracks is great: build up, slow down, add some weird sounds in the right places. I guess it's like making a cake, isn't it? You can have all the right bits but getting the mix right is another matter. So here, we've got a good mix, a nice rainbow cake, a very tasty Bleeding Rainbow cake.

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