All the members of Bosnian Rainbows sat down in London and talked to writer, Stevie Chick about the birth of this band and the past and future of others.. all photos by Steve Gullick - Read the full article on Loose Lips Sink Ships Seven HERE .
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Bosnian Rainbows are on the cover and featured in Issue 8 of Music & Riots Magazine - see full online issue here.
Interview with Teri Gender Bender and Omar Rodriguez Lopez below. (En Espanol)
When At The Drive-In reformed for a handful of gigs last year, the motive was fairly obvious. The nostalgic pleading from fans and promoters became too great to ignore for the El-Paso pioneers and perhaps more importantly, so did the digits on the paycheque.
But as it turned out, that look back into the past sparked a new chapter of creativity for Omar Rodriquez-Lopez. Inspired by the democratic spirit of At The Drive-In, the guitarist went on to form his latest band Bosnian Rainbows – who performed a special show for RBMA Radio’s Panamérika show on June 28 and then dropped by RBMA Radio Berlin last week – with Deantoni Parks (drums) Nicci Kasper (keyboard) and fantastically named Teri Gender Bender (vocals).
CLASH FOUNDATIONS: Omar Rodriguez Lopez - His 5 Most inspirational LPS
Formerly a member of At The Drive-In, De Facto and The Mars Volta, and currently playing in alt-rock foursome Bosnian Rainbows, Omar Rodríguez-López is a musician who needs no introduction to anyone even vaguely into rock music since the turn of the millennium.
Bosnian Rainbows – ‘Turtle Neck’, from the album ‘Bosnian Rainbows’
Below, the guitarist talks Clash through five albums of absolute importance to his musical development – five truly foundational records.
Omar Rodriguez Lopez loves Orange Amps
Una de las presentaciones internacionales que más cautivo nuestra atención en la decimonovena edición de Rock al Parque fue la de la agrupación estadounidense Bosnian Rainbows; el nuevo proyecto liderado por el virtuoso Omar Rodríguez-Lopéz en compañía de su ex-compañero en Mars Volta Deantoni Parks, la talentosa Teri Gender, también viejos conocidos en Le Butcherettes y Nicci Kasper.
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DIY Magazine Feature on Bosnian Rainbows ( UK On Newstands Now)
Bosnian Rainbows tour starts up again on July 10th & More festivals and shows announced in September
Bosnian Rainbows tour starts up again on July 10th in Atlanta. Just announced are new shows in September in Canada and the Pacific NW including Rifflandia Festival & Riot Fest in Denver will still more dates coming..
SEE ALL BOSNIAN RAINBOWS SHOW DETAILS HERE
BOSNIAN RAINBOWS 2013
July 10, 2013 - Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West w/ Sister Crayon
July 11, 2013 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle w/ Sister Crayon
July 12, 2013 - Washington DC @ U Street Music Hall w/ Sister Crayon
July 13, 2013 - Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts w/ Sister Crayon
July 14, 2013 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom w/ Rye Coalition & Sister Crayon
July 16, 2013 - Hamden, CT @ Spaceland Ballroom w/ Sister Crayon
July 18, 2013 - Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair w/ Sister Crayon
July 19, 2013 - Hoboken, NJ @ Maxwell’s w/ Rye Coalition & Sister Crayon
July 20, 2013 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar w/ Sister Crayon
July 21, 2013 - Columbus, OH @ The Basement w/ Sister Crayon
July 23, 2013 - Cincinnati, OH @ Taft Theatre w/ Sister Crayon
July 24, 2013 - Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge w/ Sister Crayon
Aug 02, 2013 - Cork, Ireland @ Indiependent Festival
Aug 08, 2013 - Sibenik, Croatia @ Terraneo Festival
Aug 16, 2013 - Groningen, Holland @ Noorderzon Festival
Aug 17, 2013 - Hasselt, Belgium @ Pukkelpop Festival
Aug 31, 2013 - Copenhagen, DK @ Vega w/ Tomahawk
Sept 01, 2013 - Oslo, Norway @Rockefeller Music Hall w/ Tomahawk
Sept 02,2013 - Stockholm, Sweden @ Debaser Media w/ Tomahawk
Sept 04, 2013 - Helsinki, Finland @ Circus w/ Tomahawk
Sept 06, 2013 - Berlin, Germany @ Berlin Festival
Sept 07, 2013 - Prague, Czech Republic @ Smichoff Summer Festival
Sept 14, 2013 - Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret
Sept 15, 2013 - Victoria, BC @ Rifflandia Festival
Sept 17, 2013 - Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
Sept 21-22 , 2013 - Denver, CO @ Riot Fest
Oct 26, 2013 - Asheville, NC @ Mountain Oasis Festival
Total Guitar Rig Rundown Video - ORL rig for Bosnian Rainbows
Prog Rock Magazine Interview
There is a Spanish phrase that Omar Rodriguez-Lopez keeps in mind as he pushes forward with Bosnian Rainbows, his newest experimental rock band: con vivir. It is a motto not only for his new music, but for what he describes as a new way of living.
"In English, the only translation is ‘togetherness,’ but that doesn’t do it justice," the guitarist tells Rolling Stone, as the band celebrates this week’s release of their debut album, Bosnian Rainbows. “It’s the essence of the chemistry that happens when people come together.”
For Bosnian Rainbows, that togetherness has been unusually intense since the quartet formed a year ago, as Rodriguez-Lopez stepped away from At the Drive In and the Mars Volta. Joining him is Mars Volta drummer Deantoni Parks, keyboardist Nicci Kasper and singer Teri Gender Bender (Teresea Suaréz), the explosive leader of Guadalajara garage band Le Butcherettes.
Rodriguez-Lopez calls Bosnian Rainbows a collective of artists who spend virtually every moment together. “We wanted to create a microcosm for what we’d like to see in everyday life,” says the guitarist, who has openly admitted to being a creative “dictator” in previous bands. “I’ve awoken to a reality that has taken me 36 years. This is the project to us: our togetherness, the films we watch, nutrition, then the nutrition of the mind, the ideas that are coming into our head. If we stray true to that, music will happen.”
Bosnian Rainbows play tonight 6/26 at The Observatory in Santa Ana and in San Francisco at Great American Music Hall 6/27.
Most of Omar Rodriguez-Lopez’s music is defined by storminess. In the past, his creativity came in whirlwinds, thunderous opinions drenched in acid rain and an eccentric fogginess that left fans, friends and band mates no choice other than to blindly brace themselves for his next move. But that stressful excitement can take its toll after a while, even when you’re the guy orchestrating it.
But the 37-year-old genius recently decided to abandon this creative flurry in favor of uncluttered skies. And it’s no surprise it has resulted in a rainbow—more specifically, his new band, Bosnian Rainbows. “I’ve always taken comfort in being long-winded, and now I’ve really been trying to articulate myself in a clearer way,” he says. “In the same way that I now try to communicate with friends; everything else in music is simply a byproduct of what’s happening in your life.”
When it comes to rainbows, Bosnian or otherwise, the coolest thing about these streaks of floating paint is each color’s ability to hold its own vibrant place in the atmosphere while together representing an innate oneness. Even before the release of Nocturniquet—the Mars Volta’s latest and possibly final effort—Rodriguez-Lopez’s thirst for collaboration after so many years of musical dictatorship in that band told him it was time for a change. It’s not as though he needed to go very far to find the personnel he was looking for to hatch a new project. Much of the inspiration for Bosnian Rainbows was begotten from never-released recordings he’d made with thunderous Mars Volta drummer Deantoni Parks.
"When I recorded the last Mars Volta record, Deantoni recorded his parts in just a day. We had four days left over, and we just started messing around like I hadn’t done in about a decade," Rodriguez-Lopez recalls. "We recorded all these ideas we had, and we kinda kept the dialogue going about that material throughout the years."
Tonight, Rodriguez-Lopez comes to OC for a second time to test out the newest of his stripped-down, psychedelic endeavors. Their eponymous, debut LP was released yesterday. After blitzing through Europe with Parks, guitar-playing wild woman Teri “Gender Bender” Suarez and synth player Nicci Kasper, the band recorded an album to turn this passion project into a concrete statement about Rodriguez-Lopez’s new creative intentions. “That happiness that comes through sharing with people,” he says. “It’s a whole different thing than doing something in which only your opinion matters; you can only take that enjoyment so far… . There’s no bigger high than serving something bigger than yourself.”
Though the project revolves around the deep, lush synths played by Parks and Kasper (both collaborate on similar work for their own side projects, KUDU and Dark Angels, respectively), much of the electricity onstage runs through the limbs and vocal chords of Suarez of Le Butcherettes. (Rodriguez-Lopez currently plays bass in that band as well.) Their chemistry is palpable—and it’s no accident. Before playing their first shows earlier this year, Rodriguez-Lopez says, the band held rehearsals that were akin to hangout sessions. “It didn’t matter if we played a single note, whereas in the Mars Volta, I’d have the band practicing 12 hours a day,” he explains. “But here, we’d take trips together and watch movies together, so as a result of that, when we decided to exchange musical ideas, it all came together very quickly.”
One of the most noticeable challenges in Bosnian Rainbows is that aside from performing triple duty on drum machine, live drums and keyboards, Parks has stripped his kit of cymbals and toms. Coming into the project, that was an aspect of the sound that he and Rodriguez-Lopez agreed on. “At this point in my life, I fucking hate cymbals. Maybe it’s having been around rock & roll for so long,” Rodriguez-Lopez says. “But you’d say this to a normal drummer, and they’d have problems. But Deantoni just looked at me and said, ‘I don’t wanna play my toms either, then.’”
But more than the collaborative musicianship and digestible riffs, Rodriguez-Lopez has a new, practical mode of thinking in every aspect of his life. “Nowadays, when I’m out with friends, and people want to go to a restaurant that I’ve never been to, instead of making a fuss about it, I’ll loosen up and go along with it. Because in the end, I know that good living is only real when you share it with someone else, when you forget about your own desire and your own neuroses.”
By Nate Jackson
Bosnian Rainbows play the Observatory tonight at 8 p.m. Full show info here.
New track premiere from Bosnian Rainbows “Morning Sickness”
As previously reported, Omar Rodríguez-López’s new band Bosnian Rainbows with Teri Gender Bender, Nicci Kasper, and Deantoni Parks will release their self-titled, full-length debut on June 25th via Sargent House.
With this latest endeavor, Rodríguez-López has moved away from the pounding post-rock he was known for with At the Drive-In and The Mars Volta, crafting “alternative pop” like the sensual “Torn Maps” and the dreamy “Turtle Neck”. With the album’s third single, “Morning Sickness”, Rodríguez-López and Co. expand that formula to dizzying heights.
While Ms Gender Bender’s vocals sound as fragile and evocative as ever, the lads lay down this deliberate, hyper-inflated funk groove capped off by Rodríguez-López’s guitar that sounds like a mythical serpent weaving through a cloud bank. But even with the sweltering sex appeal cranked to 11, the track subtly reveals cracks of post-rock grime and intensity, paying slight homage to Rodríguez-López’s past while blazing a trail toward transcendent pop effervescence. Listen in below.