The moment I heard Bleeding Rainbow play, I thought to myself, “Wow! It’s like I’m hearing the 90’s.” With their distorted noise-pop, 90’s-influenced sound, Bleeding Rainbow can boast that both Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic have expressed their appreciation for their band. Yes, that’s right – the two surviving members of Nirvana are fans of this band. Take a moment to process this. If this means nothing to you, then just… nevermind.*
Hailing from Philadelphia, PA, the four-piece Bleeding Rainbow is fronted by Sarah Everton (guitar/bass/vocals) and Rob Garcia (guitar/vocals). Their vocals complement each other perfectly in boy-girl harmony (my favourite kind of harmony!) on most songs; while in others, Everton’s voice takes the reins. Al Creedon and Dominique Montgomery round out the band on guitar and drums, respectively.
The Drake Hotel Underground was disappointingly sparse during Bleeding Rainbow’s headlining set, but those who were there seemed to be enjoying themselves. The band closed their set with a cacophony of distortion, screeching and squealing guitars and relentless drumming. In a larger crowd, head-banging and maybe even a bit of moshing wouldn’t have been out of place. But alas, the small crowd could only muster up some enthusiastic head nodding and foot tapping.
With a breathless thank you after the band’s last song, the Underground’s music immediately started blaring again – not sure why this is, but I’ve never seen a single band do an encore set at the Drake. I feel like Bleeding Rainbow might’ve fared a better audience at The Garrison or The Shop at Parts & Labour. Next time!
*Yes, this is an actual corny reference to Nirvana’s album, Nevermind.