Hello people who love music! It’s been too long. How have you been? That’s nice. Anyways, enough with the small talk. Let’s get down to business: Rainbow Danger Club has an EP, The New Atlantis. Download it for free now.
For those uninitiated, no, Rainbow Danger Club is not an elite squad of gay assassins. They’re an expat quartet that’s been a mainstay on the Shanghai scene for the past year or so. We here at Layabozi have been admirers for some time. Our former editor/ current babydaddy has noted the drummers “economy of motion” with the kind of slack-jawed admiration so rarely displayed these days. Me, I’m just a sucker for a wild show, which these guys pull off with aplomb: Facemasks, props, an arsenal of drumsticks to supply their raging tomtom habit/noisy breakdowns. During a show they manage to keep things noisy and raucous without ever falling into chaos. I was excited to hear that they had an album coming out so I could rock out to some RDC on the ol’ knockoff iPod, but I was not expecting thisThe album is a neat concept record based on nautical themes and death. No, really, and it’s awesome. A strong guitar riff on the opening track leads us into a burst of drums and anthemic chords that turns into a solid rock jam, and the same riff becomes our haunting and echoing lead out of the album 27 minutes later. The tunes in between show a stunning talent for hooks and a range of depth and textures. The first proper tune, “Drown the Creatures” combines a fun sing-a-long style with boyhood paranoia and darkness. Songs like “We Can be Friends” and “Neighbors on the Rooftops” show a range that is dark and experimental to uplifting pop.
My favorite track is “Laying the transatlantic cable”, a more dance-rock tune with some seriously fun guitar riffs and a broken-piston sounding beat. It causes me to break out in a robot dance no matter where I am listening to it. The next instrumental brings us back into the uneasy haunting atmosphere with some reverbed vibraphones and guitar noise, all leading up to: Death. “Live on in Photographs” kills off everything we’ve been rocking out to for the past half-hour with asedning and decending scales lapping in the song like waves against a ship’s bow. The New Atlantis plunges into a watery grave; Rainbow Danger Club ascends new highs of creativity and fun.
Keep treading, gentleman! Let me throw you a musical life-raft, so you can live to put out that full album!