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Bosnian Rainbows

Bosnian Rainbows is Teri Gender Bender, Deantoni Parks, Omar Rodriguez Lopez and Nicci Kaspe.

Bosnian Rainbows is an American art rock band from El Paso, Texas, formed in 2012. The band consists of former The Mars Volta members, Omar Rodríguez-Lopez (guitar, backing vocals) and Deantoni Parks (drums, keyboards), alongside Le Butcherettes vocalist Teri Gender Bender and Nicci Kasper of ...read more

Bosnian Rainbows is Teri Gender Bender, Deantoni Parks, Omar Rodriguez Lopez and Nicci Kaspe.

Bosnian Rainbows is an American art rock band from El Paso, Texas, formed in 2012. The band consists of former The Mars Volta members, Omar Rodríguez-Lopez (guitar, backing vocals) and Deantoni Parks (drums, keyboards), alongside Le Butcherettes vocalist Teri Gender Bender and Nicci Kasper of KUDU and Dark Angels (keyboards). Initially billed as a variation on the Omar Rodriguez Lopez Group, the band was formed following a decision to put Rodriguez-Lopez's primary project, The Mars Volta, on hiatus.

In March 2012, The Mars Volta released its sixth studio album, Noctourniquet, following a lengthy three year recording period. Only 19 tour dates were announced in support of the release, of which 18 were in Europe and one in Israel. Following the tour's completion, Rodríguez-López moved back to his home town of El Paso, Texas, and subsequently formed Bosnian Rainbows with frequent collaborator Teri Gender Bender of Le Butcherettes, The Mars Volta drummer Deantoni Parks and Nicci Kasper, who previously worked with Parks in Kudu and also as the writing duo Dark Angels.

Regarding the band's conception, Rodríguez-López noted, "I found myself lonely and bored. So it's like, 'OK, new phase — let's get into it and let's create a dialogue. Let's find some things out. In September 2012, Bosnian Rainbows embarked upon its first tour under the banner of the Omar Rodriguez Lopez Group with Rodríguez-López noting, "The tour was booked five months before it happened, and it was going to be another solo tour, and then at some point, I decided to start a new group and have a team effort. So it got booked one way, but I try to make it clear every night that this is a new group, and these are the names of the players, and “thank you.” The band chose to rehearse at Clouds Hill Studios in Hamburg, Germany and also used the studio as a base for the tour. Rodriguez-Lopez and Johann Scheerer, founder of Clouds Hill first met in 2009 when recording for Johann's project Taka-Takaz. During the rehearsals Bosnian Rainbows recorded a live session, which was released on 10" vinyl and DVD as a part of Live at Clouds Hill limited edition box set in December 2012. After the European leg of the tour they returned to the studio to record their debut album. The album was recorded and produced by Scheerer.

Regarding the band's influences and aesthetic, Rodríguez-López noted, "These are very much shorter, more to-the-point songs [than The Mars Volta's]. They still have spaces that stretch out, but what I mean to say is that it’s all the same influences that have been in most of my writing and all the people in my bands’ writing. Can is there, Siouxsie and the Banshees is there, Gang of Four is there, all the Led Zeppelin, whatever... all those things are there, it’s just different elements of those things. You make it shorter. It’s stripped down, it’s starker. The very melodic side of Can; the very textural side of Siouxsie. You take all those elements, and you take elements that maybe you weren’t exploring as much before.

On January 23, 2013, the band released their first single entitled "Torn Maps" on Soundcloud. Later, the song was released as a digital single on the band's Bandcamp page. On February 12, 2013, the second studio track, "Turtle Neck," was released on the band's Soundcloud and bandcamp pages. The debut self-titled album by Bosnian Rainbows was released worldwide via Clouds Hill Ltd on June 25, 2013. On October 4, 2016, it was announced that Teri and Omar would join The Melvins Buzz Osborne and Dale Crover in a new band called [L]Crystal Fairy[/L]. « hide

Similar Bands: The Mars Volta, Le Butcherettes, Antemasque, Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, Siouxsie and the Banshees

LPs
Bosnian Rainbows
06/25/2013

3.4
104 Votes
Live Albums
Live @ Clouds Hill
12/14/2012

3.8
4 Votes

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