You may have already encountered Philadelphia fuzz-rockers Bleeding Rainbow under their previous name, Reading Rainbow. Starting life as a girl-boy duo comprising of Sarah Everton and Rob Garcia, the band released two albums through their own label before a word from Sleater-Kinney's Carrie Brownstein prompted them to shed the name they shared with a long-running children's television series in favour of the arguably much more hip sounding Bleeding Rainbow. Since the 2013 release of their third long player Yeah Right via Brooklyn-based Kanine Records (Chairlift, Splashh, Fear of Men), the first under their new moniker and with the addition of guitarist Al Creedon, there's clearly been no slacking on the Bleeding Rainbow front as they gear up to release their fourth record and debut UK release, Interrupt.

Where Yeah Right marked a step away from garage pop into scuzzier shoegazing territory, Interrupt continues on this journey, inching further towards shoegaze whilst adding an altogether darker, more atmospheric flavour into the mix. Opener 'Time & Place' is a rattling, '90s alt-inflected stomp, immediately displaying the harder edge Yeah Right lacked, with Everton's vocals flitting with ease between seductive harmony and confident holler. 'So You Know' works a self-assured snarl into its bittersweet melody; the melancholy clatter of this mid-tempo number being the perfect example of Bleeding Rainbow's successful progression from sunny garage stylings to a subtle yet raw sense of aggression.

'Monochrome' is perhaps the most quintessentially shoegaze track on Interrupt, eschewing any lyrics for a sweet cooing which wouldn't sound out of place in a My Bloody Valentine song. In fact, 'Monochrome' could be a pumped up MBV tune, though here it feels slightly undercooked, acting almost as an interlude before the album's two remaining tracks. Closer 'Phase' is similarly shoegazey, with Bilinda Butcher-esque vocals and swooning reverb-drenched guitars. It's a logical conclusion to Interrupt given the record's direction, yet it almost feels a little too derivative. Where Bleeding Rainbow really shine is when they take the shoegaze sensibilities and thrash out their own twist, taking that snarl and really letting rip as they do on two-minute stomper 'Images'. The Philly trio enlisted the help of A Place To Bury Strangers' Robi Gonzalez during recording, and his thundering drumming clearly benefits heavier tracks such as 'Images' and 'Start Again'. Though 'Images' owes a lot to Sonic Youth with its shredding riffs and desperately yelped vocals à la Thurston Moore, it's the stand-out track here, and hints at the wonderfully raucous yet controlled noise that Bleeding Rainbow are capable of creating.

It's clear that Bleeding Rainbow wear their influences on their sleeves, and the only problem with Interrupt is that sometimes it feels like its tracks can too easily be categorised between '90s alt-rock and shoegaze. When Bleeding Rainbow bridge the divide between the two, they create something special and very much their own, though given the impressive display of progression in only a year, perhaps it won't be long before Bleeding Rainbow truly hit their stride.