Supporting Acts: Marriages Bosnian Rainbows (Feat. Omar Rodriguez Lopez)
Bosnian Rainbows is an American alternative rock band from El Paso, Texas, formed in 2012. The band consists of The Mars Volta members, Omar Rodriguez Lopez (guitar, backing vocals, keys) and Deantoni Parks (drums, keys), alongside the enigmatic Le Butcherettes vocalist Teri Gender Bender (vocals) and Nicci Kasper (keyboards, synths). Initially billed as a variation on the Omar Rodriguez Lopez Group, the band was formed following a decision to put Rodriguez Lopez and Parks' primary project, The Mars Volta, into a hiatus. Regarding the band's conception, Rodriguez Lopez 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 Rodriguez Lopez 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". During the rehearsals at Clouds Hill Studios in Hamburg, Germany, Bosnian Rainbows recorded 33-minute live session, which is set to be 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 and is planned to be released in 2013. Regarding the band's influences and aesthetic, Rodriguez Lopez 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.