American Dream

by Rainbow Girls

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"We've been gravitating toward a more thoughtful sound than we've had in the past. It seems more minimalist, wider - a bit darker. Like a gang of sweet angels punching you in the heart." - Rainbow Girls

Rainbow Girls spent their first 5 years together playing as a fully electric band, but since mid 2016 they have begun to play more frequently as an acoustic trio. They recently recorded an album of this material on their property in the countryside north of San Francisco.



The Bluegrass Situation:
“There are a couple underlying themes throughout our music, but I feel the most pervasive one asks people to look at and really examine things the way they are — to be honest with yourself and the people around you. There is so much information coming at us all the time, and I think a lot of people become jaded or numb to hearing the reality of what’s going on, but the terrible things you read/hear about have real consequences for real people. It’s so easy to remain in your own little bubble, wag your finger at politics, and shrug your shoulders at the people who continue to destroy the world, but it is incredibly powerful to take charge and unwaveringly stand up for what you believe in.” -Erin Chapin

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POP Matters:
" 'American Dream' was one of those songs that spilled out pretty fast. I was messing around with a new finger-picking progression and just kept muttering phrases to myself that had been marinating. It's a song to bring up the dissonance between the Dream this country has been selling for decades and all the folks trapped under the weight of money who aren't able to access it due to oppressive systems of power. People who are told their lives aren't worth anything through the actions of government, police, and inaction of the justice system. Other's experiences are not my stories to tell, but the desire for security, love, family, the money-related fear, grief, and hope for eventual happiness can be shared by everyone on some level." - Caitlin Gowdey

"We're calling the album 'American Dream' because The American Dream is a thing that's been proven time and time again to be a fantasy. The ideal of The American Dream is this paradise that you achieve after you reach some sort of finish line. But what we're learning is that you need to find the paradise in the small moments, and find the 'dream' in your everyday truth. We often separate ourselves from our dreams, by choice and design, and we don't have to do that." - Erin Chapin

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AOL's The Boot:
"I was playing with this symbol as an idea of strength [for the album cover]. It was cathartic, ripping up this symbol and putting it back together in a different, deconstructed form. And now that we've put it back together, it's beautiful, it's intentionally torn and ragged." - Vanessa Wilbourn

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“The news is something we all keep a pretty close eye on, despite how hard it can be to stomach. One song in particular (‘Cameron Sterling’) was actually directly inspired by listening to and coping with the news. We were in the van last July, listening to Democracy Now!’s report about the killing of Alton Sterling by Baton Rouge police. This news source is one we all value and respect greatly, but I couldn’t really take in anything anyone was saying once they played a sound clip of Alton Sterling’s wife addressing the public/media for the first time. And then I really couldn’t even hear what she was saying either, for the pain and grief of their 15 year old son, Cameron, crying beside her, struck me so hard I don’t think I’ll ever be able to get it out of my head." - Erin Chapin

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released November 8, 2017

Erin Chapin, Caitlin Gowdey, Vanessa Wilbourn

Jerad Fox/"Baberham Lincoln" at Windy Bitches in Bodega, CA

"Magic" Matt Wright at Prairie Sun Recording in Cotati, CA
Stuart Markham at White Whale Studios in Santa Rosa, CA
Nate Nauseda at Windy Bitches in Bodega, CA

Scott McDowell at Hyde Street Studio C in San Francisco, CA

Jonathon Kirchner

Bradly Cox/"Bobby Sweets" of Giant Eye Photography

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Rainbow Girls Bodega, California

Rainbow Girls is a collaborative of songwriters, multi-instrumentalists, vocalists, and California natives who spent their first 5 years touring Europe and the US as a rock n' roll band. Since 2016 they've returned to their folkier roots. The current trio version of the band highlights their rich harmonies, ageless songwriting, and soulful, bluesy sound at its rawest form. ... more


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