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Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes' "Dark Rainbow": A powerful musical universe between self-acceptance and redefining the rock star image
Hi and welcome to Lila's review!
There are only a few days left until the release of their new album "Dark Rainbow", that Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes celebrate with the release of their new single "Self Love" .
Getting to know yourself anew, reviewing old memories and welcoming change: themes of self-acceptance are not only explored in "Self Love" , but also on their new album, on which the band takes a moment to rediscover their sound.
Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes are for me one of those bands that don't follow the mainstream, but rather deal with the authenticity of their music. They write about what moves them, make the music they feel and, above all, remain true to themselves. As a modern punk band from England, they have written the autonomy of the genre under their skin since 2015 and carry this attitude to the outside world. Tours with the Foo Fighters, a sold-out concert in front of 10,000 fans at London's Alexander Palace, headlining at well-known festivals and much more are all part of the band, whose music has often been the voice for the silent.
Their new album "Dark Rainbow" opens another chapter in their lively story, which deals with the highs and lows of success, the search for the self, acceptance and the expectations of tomorrow. "Dark Rainbow"says Frank, revolves around the question and perspective of the well-known saying "rock is dead":
"We talk about how rock and roll will never die, but we never really talk about how maybe the idea of the rock star should die. The whole concept and what it means has always been this glamorized moment, but ultimately when I put that suit on, it didn’t go very well for me."
This motif is particularly strong in the opening song "Man Of The Hour", in which Frank literally puts on the suit and gives a glimpse behind the glamour with serious facial expressions, as they show in the music video.
Indie, pop, punk and rock come together here without taking anything away from the others. There is room for different styles, as well as for every single note and every feeling that resonates in the songs. Slowed down without losing the tension, loud without shouting: On "Dark Rainbow" time slows down and sounds expand into their very own universe. It is the often described "space", which you can clearly hear on their new album and which gives room for interpretation.
"Dark Rainbow" experiments with quiet, harmonious tones rather than plunging completely into familiar punk sounds. The band's style, which fans have come to appreciate over the last few years in particular, can still be clearly heard and leaves a nostalgic aftertaste.
Especially live, I can imagine that the sound of their new album and that of their predecessors harmonize very well and create an unexpected sound combination. In any case, you won't have to wait much longer, as the band will be coming to Germany in a month's time to fill the halls in Berlin and Cologne.
You can find tickets directly here.
Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes have created an expressive album with "Dark Rainbow" an incredibly emotional and harmonious album that is not only moving, but also captivating. I can therefore only give you an absolute recommendation - save the date: January 26!
Photo credit: Brian Rankin