The Rainbreakers' self-titled EP.
‘A band so good they broke my laptop’
There’s a soundbite and a half…and it’s kinda true. Halfway through drafting this review, my trusty old laptop decided to throw the mother of all wobblers and forced me to revert to the primitive technology of handwriting to finish it. Which led me to two realisations; firstly, that writing hurts your wrist after a while, and secondly that I can’t actually read my own writing. Maybe I should have been a doctor. Specialising in wrist injuries. Anyhow, it was well worth the hand cramp and resulting stream of obscenities to bring you a few words on The Rainbreakers.
This Shrewsbury four-piece describe their sound as ‘Alternative Rock Pop with bluesy undertones’, cite their influences as Paul Weller, REM, Free and Counting Crows to name but a few, and have been gigging their arses off to get their music out to as wide an audience as possible. Just last week they played London and Wolverhampton within 48 hours of each other, and their schedule for 2014 looks packed already. Their self titled EP was released in July 2013, and it goes a little something like this…
Opening track Made it Back kicks us off with a mellow, Counting Crows/Matchbox Twenty/Eagles vibe, laidback riffs and a build-up to a lingering, toe-tapping chorus. Singer Ben has a wonderful tone to his voice, somewhere between Michael Stipe and Rob Thomas, lifting the sound and pinging it straight into your brain to hang around for a while. This is not a band who look to current indie trends for inspiration, not another shoegazey Interpol soundalike, they have taken more vintage rock elements, added a touch of grunge and moulded it together to make something that sounds classic yet fresh at the same time. Something New continues this feeling and chucks in an element of Shed Seven for good measure. As far as chilled out sounds go, this has got it spot on.
Unsteady is probably my favourite track on the EP. It’s the most bluesy, with its Life In The Fast Lane-type beginning and earnest lyrics delivered with that characteristic soulful rasp and a hands-in-the-air chorus. Whoever she is that leaves him unsteady, it’s made for a cracker of a song.
Last up is Silver and Gold, with its echoes of 90s pop rock - it could easily be straight from an REM album, though to think of it as a soundalike would do this band a disservice - the feeling is there but the sound is more evolved. It provides a great finish to an accomplished, well-arranged debut EP by a band that deserve to go places. Check out for more info including live dates this year. You can find them on Twitter @TheRainbreakers and in the usual Soundcloud type places.
They may have broken my laptop, but I’ll let them off since I love their songs. Although if they release an album, I’m hiding everything electrical just in case.