Always on the lookout for exciting new music, I stumbled across a genre-defying gem whilst trawling Soundcloud. Southwest four-piece rain combine 90s-esque shoegaze and bruising post-punk to create a brilliantly loud blend of scuzzy grunge-pop. Think My Bloody Valentine raised on a steady diet of West Coast grunge.
Supporting the likes of Virginia pop-punkers, Turnover, as well as Brooklyn indie/garage outfit, Sunflower Bean just shows how the band refuses to be pigeonholed into a genre. Whether you’re into emo bands like Moose Blood and Modern Baseball, or the heavier side of shoegaze, then RAIN will be right up your street.
Brooding new single ‘Lethargy’ matches overdriven guitar and dreamy vocals to produce 4 minutes of infectious fuzz, whilst early breakthrough track ‘Slur’ (as the name suggests) draws you in with a slashing guitar line before exploding into a hazy mess of thick reverb and pounding percussion. The bands earlier tracks (those from the EP) are considerably heavier and more instrumental than the newer singles.
Debut EP ‘Symphony Pains’ introduces a different side to RAIN’s crunching sound. ‘Indigo In Blue’ opens up with an intricate guitar riff that could easily belong to an Jaws song, whilst ‘Dandelion’ is a slower paced number, which rumbles along beneath distorted lyrics. Perhaps my only criticism of the EP is the lack of a real sense of variety in the 3 tracks (then again, there are only 3!)
With the band opting for a more melodic and lighter approach on their new single, i’m excited to see where RAIN will go next. If you haven’t already listened, check out their Soundcloud below, or get yourself down to Bristol’s Thekla tonight (14/10) to catch them support Turnover.