Rainer Maria was an emo band originally from Madison, Wisconsin, later residing in Brooklyn, New York. Named after the German.
language poet Rainer Maria Rilke, they formed in the late summer of 1995 and released five full length albums, a live DVD,
numerous live recordings, and EPs. In its earlier days, the band had a dual male and female vocal line-up; later, Caithlin De
Marrais took over most singing. The gender ambiguity of the name Rainer Maria paralleled this and was one of the reasons it was
selected as the band's name.