I really did like the Breeders back in the day, but truth be told I was so addicted to the song “Cannonball” that I can’t remember much else about the band or any other track on the 1993 album Last Splash. That’s probably not the Breeders’ fault so much as the consequence of a really good ear worm.
In the case of Bleeding Rainbow, a Philadelphia band whose sound carries the torch for 1990s “alt-rock,” you don’t really have to be so one-track minded. I’ve listened to Interrupt, released a couple of months ago, dozens of times and the whole thing gets stuck in my head. Besides the Breeders it reminds me a little bit of a shoe-gaze version of the Soviettes. Maybe no one particular song will climb to iconic “Cannonball” status, but it’s a collection that works really well as an entire listening experience. In the rain. On the highway. Walking through the park on a sunny afternoon.
Tonight, the guys of Weird Missoula present Bleeding Rainbow, who shares the stage with locals Vera and Magpies, bands that both deal in riffage that hearkens back to that good old 1990s rock distortion that made Sonic Youth, the Pixies et al so delicious. Though perhaps of the same species, these bands each have their own style. It’s bound to be a wonderfully shiny, minor-key chord-infused, rock and roll night.
Weird Missoula present Bleeding Rainbow at the VFW along with Vera and Magpies tonight, Wed., April 23, at 10 PM. $5.