Rain are a five-piece band based in Swindon, UK, who take the staple formulas of Shoegaze and pair them seamlessly with grunge and 90s alternative influences.  

The band joined Close to Home officially during the tail end of 2015, although initial plans began earlier that year and we spent most of the Summer talking about working together on an EP they had already recorded, titled Symphony Pains.

After a lot of planning, we eventually released the first single, Slur, to a thunderous reaction online. After premiering the music video at DIY Mag, the likes of Stereogum also picked up on it. Before long the track was also being featured on BBC's Radio 1 Rock Show, as well as Seattle's legendary KEXP. 

Symphony Pains was released through Close to Home on 12" vinyl and digitally in February 2016.

Later on in 2016, Close to Home carried on teaming up with Rain to bring you their follow-up singles Solis and Lethargy. Although only released digitally, both singles have helped grow the bands audience and along with Symphony Pains, have helped cement them as a band to keep your eye on.

Powerhouse drumming carves a path through waves of fuzz and into murky melody. Grunge-heavy shoegazers might not be the rarest of fruit, but ‘Slur’ is backed by the potent weight of a band who’ve clearly been gagging for this emotional release.
— Tom Connick, DIY Magazine
Rain have taken shoegaze formulas and twinned them with a hint of new romanticism. It’s the kind of stuff to kiss and cry to, quite frankly.
— Emma Garland, Noisey
Somewhere between Ride and Basement.
— Ryan Barham, Spectral Nights


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