Rainbows in the Dark: History — “History”

History is a band that doesn’t exist,” reads the bio.  While that may seem like a pretty cryptic way to sell the post-punk duo, the truth is pretty damn close to that.  History’s history, if you’ll pardon the expression, is full of a multitude of reasons why they shouldn’t exist, not the least of which is the almost ten-year gap between when their self-titled debut was recorded and when it finally got to see the light of day.  Regardless of how or why, the important thing is it’s here and it feels like it came not a moment too soon.

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Rainbows in the Dark: Theyrgy — “Exit Strategies”

It’s no secret that surviving as a musician is tough these days, but let’s not pretend like it wasn’t before this whole situation began.  Being at the whims of record companies, fighting day to day for every scrap of exposure you can get, and feeling like there’s no way to make it unless you’ve already made it have been symptoms of a larger problem in the industry for a long time now, but Theyrgy are attempting to fix these problems and put out some killer shoegaze-inspired post punk at the same time with their debut EP Exit Strategies.

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Rainbows in the Dark: Ötzi — “Storm”

Post-punk is a genre that I’ve loved since before I knew what it was called, from back when my mom would play The Cure for me, to when I went through the obligatory Joy Division phase circa high school, to today, when a groovy bassline, chorused guitar and four-on-the-floor beat is enough to stir my soul.  Ötzi are a band that can take all the classic trappings of post-punk and throw them headfirst into the modern era with a healthy dose of radical attitude as they do on Storm.  This is Rainbows in the Dark, featuring the best of all things non-metal and metal adjacent. Continue reading

Rainbows in the Dark: Fotocrime — “South of Heaven”

I don’t know about you, but life has been a little crazy for me.  Still, there’s always time for some good tunes, especially if you’re looking for a distraction or something to vibe with, and today we’re bringing you an album that’s got vibes to spare.  Fotocrime’s sophomore release South of Heaven is a post-punk workout, with dark grooves that breed as much introspection as they do ass-shaking.  This is Rainbows in the Dark, featuring the best of all things sort of metal and metal-adjacent. Continue reading

Album Review: The Wraith – “Gloom Ballet”

The Wraith - Gloom Ballet

Somehow the seedy dive bar you enter is darker than the night outside.  The music throbs, sending out pulses your cerebral cortex can’t process but some older, primordial part of your brain instinctually knows, and understands.  It’s that crux, that convergence of the primal beat that falls partly between the post punk of the early 80s and the tradition of gothic rock and roll, where early Danzig meets The Cult and howl into the moonlight.  Call it whatever you want, “death rock” or otherwise; there’s no mistaking the bleeding heart of influence laid bare on the sleeve of The Wraith.  To have something like Gloom Ballet arrive like a shot so late in the year is like that one drink at said bar that puts you over the edge from wary observation to full-on goon dance, and it’s a marvel to experience. Continue reading