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 .
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)
Deantoni Parks (Bosnian Rainbows) played drums and percussion on the Grand Theft Auto V game soundtrack and will be performing in NYC Tonight, September 30th, in this one time only live show of the games Soundtrack alongside the composers Tangerine Dream, Woody Jackson, The Alchemist & Oh No with DJ Sets from Flying Lotus and Gilles Peterson. The show is now SOLD OUT.
Deantoni will then fly back to Los Angeles to perform with his band Bosnian Rainbows as the headliners at this years Eagle Rock Music Festival on October 5th.
Delightfully weird. That’s the best way I can describe the Bosnian Rainbows featuring Teri Gender Bender also of Le Butcherettes and Omar Rodriguez Lopez formerly of Mars Volta. They are one of my favorite bands on the road right now and last night at the Crocodile they affirmed that for me.
Teri Gender Bender overwhelms the front of the stage while Omar Rodriguez Lopez, Deantoni Parks and Nicci Kasper form a unified line in the rear. Teri starts out looking sweet and innocent with a pretty smile and an almost shy presence. Then you see the lights go a little dark in her eyes. She starts grinding her fist into her forehead with what appears to be authentic intensity and then it’s on.
Before the rain came down on the last night of Rifflandia, eclectic four-piece Bosnian Rainbows performed what had to be the oddest, most exciting set of the festival. The El Paso band, featuring former the Mars Volta and At the Drive-In guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, played the overcast main stage in what amounted to 45 minutes of weirdo interpretive dance and strange behaviour from lead vocalist Teri Gender Bender (Le Butcherettes). But the highlight came near the end of the band’s proggy rock set, when Teri jumped down off the stage, speed-crawled through the festival grounds on all fours, stopped to dance like a maniac with a very excited crowd member, then made her way back to the stage in a serious of bizarre and questionable moves (including leaping onto an unfortunate security guard).
Driven by the same sort of ferocious inner demons and angels that affect the likes of Iggy Pop, Karen O. and PJ Harvey when they perform live, Teri ran through the full gamut of emotions in a creepy, The Ring-like way, grabbing at her stomach as if she was experiencing stabbing pains. The rest of the band, although overshadowed by Teri, were like a singular unit up there, Rodriquez-Lopez, drummer/keyboardist Deantoni Parks (also ex-the Mars Volta) and keyboardist Nicci Kasper were literally connected together in a semi-circle of keyboards and drums, which made their performance even more interesting. The goal of most bands is to be in sync with each other and, granted, being in sync with Teri and her oddball take on performance art tied to melody and chaos is a difficult task. They rose to the challenge and delivered one Rifflandia’s premier sets.
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).
Bosnian Rainbows are back in the van heading to Vancouver. They will be playing a few more shows and festivals for this year.. with new music coming.
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Watch Bosnian Rainbows TV Here
BOSNIAN RAINBOWS LIVE 2013
Sept 14, 2013 - Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret
Sept 15, 2013 - Victoria, BC @ Rifflandia Festival
Sept 17, 2013 - Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
Sept 18, 2013 - Portland, OR @ Dante’s
Sept 21, 2013 - Denver, CO @ Riot Fest
w/ Iggy & The Stooges, The Replacements and many more
Sept 28, 2013 - San Jose, CA @ C2SV Festival @ St James Park
w/ Iggy & The Stooges & Thee Oh Sees
Oct 05, 2013 - Eagle Rock, CA @ Eagle Rock Music Fest
Oct 26, 2013 - Asheville, NC @ Mountain Oasis Festival
w/ NIN, Neutral Milk Hotel, Animal Collective