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.