"We're Bleeding Rainbow from Philadelphia and we have no stage banter, I'm sorry." A more densely packed crowd might have offered a retort but there was no hiding the sparse spread of 40 or so people sprinkled across the Old Rock House like dust bunnies.
Bleeding Rainbow sounded pretty heavy for a band with rainbow in the name. Their forceful songs featured snug timing that bookended tightly wound melodies from a lead guitar player that sheared riffs like a sheet metal worker. It was as if he printed out the guitar lines from Sunny Day Real Estate's "Diary" onto thin sheets of aluminum and then pushed them through a paper shredder. If Bleeding Rainbows find a way to tap into the energy of their songs to fuel their stage performance it might better translate to the audience.
The Cave Singers proved to be one of the most aptly named bands. They have the ability to warm up into songs that gives them a most soft natural feel. It also slowly draws people in closer to the stage to watch the shadows on the wall of Plato's cave.
New bass player and all around musician Morgan Henderson made more than an impression on the band. His harmonic yet rhythmic bass, playing on not just the new songs from Naomi but other ditties such as "Summer Light," gives the band a properly bowed-out sound it may have been lacking before. Or as one crowd member put it, "Keep the bass player!" Peter Quick responded, "Oh we will. He talks the whole time and keeps him [the guitar player] awake on the drive. So the rest of us can watch each other sleep in the back and eat Corn Nuts."
The Cave Singers brought the complete package of banter, energy and hop-rocking tunes. After finishing their set the band single filed off stage and to the bar. The stunned and bemused crowd wasn't sure what to do. There was no cheering, no whistling and no clapping. Maybe we have become too entitled to think we just deserve encores. After a couple of minutes the rabble started rousing and the band returned to stage. Lead singer Pete Quick said, "We hoped you wanted us to play more, because we really don't have anything else to do."
Cave Singers set list:
At the Cut
It's a Crime
Have to Pretend
When the World