One to judge a book by its cover, I knew Reading Rainbow was going to be good before I heard the first hook. Birthed in the current highly creative and unpredictable Philadelphia scene, the guy/girl duo creates a layered garage sound coupling Jesus and Mary Chain fuzz with the emergency of Love is All (minus the no-wave saxophones). At times simplicity is the rule, but I’m hoping the two can avoid banality and impress with their contrasting vocals. The show doubles as a preview for their forthcoming Hozac debut, Prism Eyes, out 11/23; singles so far sound cleaned up from earlier releases while still retaining an analog charm.
Aesthetic similarities with Reading Rainbow will be obvious at first, but Radar Eyes have the advantage of Joey Ramone incarnate helming the vocals. Revved up tempos drive these guys out of the garage and into a league with local brethren the Smith Westerns, replacing the glam with a pinch of psychedelic. Although I’m still skeptical of the format, the static and entropy created by cassettes can only enhance the grit and oil-stained guitar sound. Pick up the self-titled plastic and film on Plus Tapes.