Originally named after the '80s children's PBS television series Reading Rainbow, Bleeding Rainbow popped up on the skirt of the lo-fi indie trend in late 2009.
Philadelphia transplants and eventually married couple Rob Garcia and Sarah Everton formed the band from the ashes of a screamy Richmond, Virginia no wave band called Forensic Teens. After their drummer bailed on a gig, Everton (a singer with limited musical abilities, who was essentially making noises on a circuit-bent keyboard) turned to the drums herself, and in about two weeks learned how to accompany guitarist Garcia on a stripped-down kit comprised of merely a snare and a floor tom. Embracing minimalism, heavy reverb saturation, and an analog aesthetic, the duo started recording with a Tascam 388 eight-track reel-to-reel, and debuted with an EP of demos and a vinyl LP titled Mystical Participation before making plans to release Songs to Sing in early 2010. A second album, Prism Eyes, also arrived in 2010. In 2012 the band changed its name, going on record with various reasons why, including being sick of dumb interview questions about the moniker as well as Sleater-Kinney/Portlandia mogul Carrie Brownstein not caring for it too much. Along with the name change, the group expanded its lineup, Everton giving over the drum stool to Greg Frantz and Al Creedon joining as an additional guitarist. The quartet members worked together on the darker, more feedback-laden 2013 full-length Yeah Right. They returned the following year with the more concise, punk-leaning Interrupt. ~ Fred Thomas, Rovi