Artist: Reading Rainbow
Title: Restless 7"
Label: Zoo Music
Release date: Late 2009
Here we are in March, and I'm still discovering awesome releases from 2009. The latest keeper from yesteryear to arrive in the mail was Reading Rainbow's "Restless" 7", from San Diego's Zoo Music label.
Reading Rainbow is a guy and girl two-piece, kinda like Cars Can Be Blue but with lots of reverb and, based on this release, fewer penis jokes. The Philadelphia-based duo likely has a juvenile sense of humor we can all appreciate, though, as their MySpace URL is the guffaw-inducing www.myspace.com/levarmotherfuckingburton.
"Restless" is the perfect mix of pop vocals and reverb-drenched noise rock, reminiscent of Dum Dum Girls' recent "Jail La La" single. It shares the A-side with "Into the Void", a fast-driving song where some of the vocals sound like harmonized incantations.
The B-side is a cover of The Velvet Underground's "Stephanie Says" that is true to both the original and the band's own sonic vision. Had The Velvet Underground fit the near-meaningless term "post-punk" instead of fitting the stupid-sounding yet meaningful "protopunk" label, their earliest demos might have sounded like this.