Published Feb 23, 2009I don't think anyone can get past the name without thinking of the great literary TV series of the same name, and I'm pretty sure this duo from Philadelphia aren't trying to convince you otherwise: their MySpace URL is "levarmotherfuckingburton" after all. But that is where the relationship ends, for Reading Rainbow don't follow through with any lessons in spelling. Instead Rob Garcia and Sarah Everton apply their enthusiasm and ability for picking up instruments and just pounding away at them. (I'm sure reading is also part of their skill set.) Influenced by the likes of the Urinals, Velvet Underground, Half Japanese, Sun Ra and the Magic Twig Community, Reading Rainbow formed as a duo when the drummer of another no wave band they were in couldn't play a show, giving Everton the opportunity to pick up the drums. Thank god for the no show, because Reading Rainbow further that lo-fi/girl group inspired garage that has made blogosphere darlings out of Vivian Girls and Dum Dum Girls. But where those two acts keep their emotions in check with monotone harmonies, this duo raise their spirits up to a level that recalls the unbridled emotion of Love Is All, most notably on "Feral Kids."
You can download a free eight-track EP by clicking here, and you can also order a copy of their 15-track CD, Songs to Sing to, for a respectable $8 at their MySpace page.
Reading Rainbow "Feral Kids"