I think we can collectively admit we indulge in nostalgia from time to time (no pun intended). When the 90s’ were in full effect, it didn’t seem all that great. But that’s how it always works right?
If you happen to see the Alice In Chains nowadays (who absolutely kill it, btw) you can’t help but shake your head and think of Lanye. Or to amuse the idea that Courtney Love killed Kurt Cobain, or whatever other Nirvana conspiracy theories are making their way around the web. Holding onto things that once was, but never will be. I guess all we can really do is hope old school Nickelodeon indeed releases archived cartoons and that film photo never (actually) dies.
However, I’m happy to tell you – you’re in luck. The Nashville-based Idle Bloom is a fresh contemporary fix for your 90s’ alternative longings and their debut EP, Some Paranoia, premieres today via Theory 8 Records. I liked Idle Bloom before I even took a listen because of their gloomy day film press photos and the fact their EP is being released on cassette.
The female-driven (+1 dude) band comprises of a grungy psych-rock base with textures of confident pop vocals (righteously compared to Speedy Ortiz by PopularTV) and a lo-fi, melodramatic feel – best illustrated by the fifth song off their EP, titled “Pride Line.”
From start to finish, “Pride Line,” conjures a white heat energy. It begins as an angsty march of clashing drums, dissonant riffs and cynical words that occasionally come up for air – only to plow even harder back down into haunting breakdowns and crescendos of noise.
“But no we won’t find out the truth, because there is no such thing and we swallow it down-down and we pull the dream,” vocalist Olivia Scibelli sweetly sings, while at the same time radiating a bold, self-assured power. Very different songs — but the vocal style, pop elements and obvious 90s’ grunge really reminds me of “Moaning Lisa Smile” by Wolf Alice.
“Pride Line” constantly changes throughout. It’s refreshing. You think you know what direction it will go in and then you’ll go oh shit did not expect that. Idle Bloom definitely does not confine themselves to just one genre and “Pride Line” exemplifies their repertoire of what they can really do. The guitars play a large role in rounding out the sound; they definitely lead the song in both chilling and optimistic twists. Although Idle Bloom formed less than two years ago, they clearly know how to create a kickass song and I have no doubt the rest of the EP is full of unexpected yet cohesive turns.
Tip: You’ll want to up the volume when you listen to this one. And if you really dig it, Idle Bloom is playing Silent Barn tonight in Bushwick.
Upcoming Tour Dates:
12/04 – New York, NY @ Silent Barn
12/05 – Philadelphia, PA @ Hong Kong Garden
12/06 – Richmond, VA @ Sour Haus
12/07 – Asheville, NC @ The Odditorium