Stability isn’t in Bleeding Rainbow’s DNA. The Philly pop-rockers changed their name in 2010, from Reading Rainbow, endured multiple lineup changes, and have veered from bubblegum to biting rock to shoegaze-infused dream-pop over the course of only three albums. On Interrupt, their latest and arguably most focused effort to date, the band appears to have finally found their sweet spot: no-nonsense, fuzzy-guitar pop-rock.
This is a whiplash-tight set, all jump-cut energy and screeching guitars, with no gimmicks or poses. Sarah Everton’s mid-range vocals steal the show: They stretch out like silly putty on the Foo Fighters-channeling “Images,” perfectly pogoing off Garcia’s lacquered voice, and on the ecstatic “Out of Line,” her shriek tiptos the line of shrill without crossing. Some found the band’s first two albums too twee or cutesy, particularly the boy-girl vocal dynamics between Everton and Rob Garcia. Here though, the interplay is just off-kilter enough, stepping out of time with another on the rollicking “Cut Up.”
There remains the occasional impulse to swerve a bit: See the My Bloody Valentine-fanboy homage “Monochrome,” and the feedback-drenched “Phase.” Still, it’s never enough to cloud the album’s overarching pop-rock purpose.