SXSW 2013: Bleeding Rainbow @ Valhalla – Kanine Records Showcase 03.14

Posted March 15, 2013 in
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Rob Garcia of Bleeding Rainbow made SLUG's Esther Merono swoon with his nerd-vibe swagger. Photo: Esther Merono

How did you hear about the band?
Back in November, Bleeding Rainbow actually toured with A Place To Bury Strangers. I missed their set in Salt Lake City, but I'd received a press release about the band and checked out their latest album, Yeah Right, which reminded me a lot of My Bloody Valentine, so I was super bummed I didn't get to see them then. Fortunately for all of you Salt Lake folks who were in the same boat as me, they're scheduled to come back through town on May 7 at Kilby Court.

Give a musical equation that describes the band’s sound.

(My Bloody Valentine + A Place To Bury Strangers) – mumbly, ethereal vocals + grunge + punk rock drum beats

If you had to marry one band member, who would it be?
Hands down, vocalist/guitarist Rob Garcia. He's got this nerd-vibe to him, and the way he croons into the mic, singing from one side of his mouth, makes me wanna kiss it. Unfortunately, the guitars were drowning out the vocals quite a bit, which I was a little bummed about because it felt like they were trying to cop APTBS' "loudest band" rep, when their album makes them sound a little more psych-ed out and airy sounding.  

Most memorable moment?

About three-fourths into their set, front woman Sarah Everton swapped her bass for Garcia's guitar and they even traded spaces onstage. The set got a lot livelier then, and for their last song, just as my ears were about to start bleeding (because I was standing next to a speaker without protection), guitarist Al Creedon rammed into Everton with his guitar until she playfully pushed him away.

Would this band be fun to party with? Why or why not?
Definitely. Everton had a grin on her face the entire time, Garcia was charming, Creedon totally had an attitude and their drummer (it was a girl who is apparently not usually part of the band, so I don't know her name) was energetic. They'd be the perfect group to play a round of drunk Cranium with.

Rob Garcia of Bleeding Rainbow made SLUG's Esther Merono swoon with his nerd-vibe swagger. Photo: Esther Merono Bleeding Rainbow created a dreamy, detached sound. Photo: Esther Merono