Deantoni Parks to perform tonight in NYC the soundtrack of Grand Theft Auto V - Then back to LA for Eagle Rock Music Festival on Oct 5
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.
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. By Jason Schreurs
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.
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
Bosnian Rainbows heads back out on International tour starting August 31st
Bosnian Rainbows will head back on tour starting in Europe with some club shows with Tomahawk and to play this years Berlin Festival. Then they will head to Canada and the USA for a few more festivals and club shows…. Tour Tour Tour.
Despite his legendary status as a leading figure of both At the Drive-In and The Mars Volta, Bosnian Rainbows guitarist Omar Rodríguez-López is deliberately understated in his role within this relatively new project; he’s focused and intense, eyes sealed closed as he shreds and solos, throwing psychedelic lead melodies over Nicci Kasper’s oddball synth lines and Deantoni Parks’ frighteningly precise drumming.
The stage is Teri Gender Bender’s playground – the Le Butcherettes founder roams around, never remaining stationary, pulling shapes and caressing the low ceiling, smiling ecstatically as she howls and wails her way through Eli, the stirring opener to the band’s strong debut release. Her presence is commanding, mesmerizing and weirdly spiritual. She’s constantly switching gears, going from tender and passionate (especially during the dreamy, sorrowful Worthless) to fierce and possessed as the group thrash through the hard rock stomp of I Cry for You.
The Thin Air (Ireland) Interview with Bosnian Rainbows
Broccoli, rock and a sixty-watt smile: From the ashes of At the Drive-In and The Mars Volta, Omar Rodriguez-Lopez returns as a happy man in a party of four.
The secret ingredient is broccoli. Bosnian Rainbows recorded their debut album in Berlin, but struck upon the green stuff when keyboardist Nicci Kasper discovered that there’s more protein per calorie in broccoli than there is in steak.
“Which is actually shocking,” he says. “I just take broccoli instead of meat now. It is meat.”
It’s a question of consciousness, of healthy living and happiness, says singer Teri Suarez. And her guitarist agrees.
“It’s all about a good high standard of living,” says Omar Rodriguez-Lopez. “We’re all concerned with what food goes into our body, what ideas come into our head, y’know? And if you believe it makes you feel good – if you know it makes you feel good – then it makes you feel good.”
The Guardian Live Show Review Bosnian Rainbows - Glasgow
Following Mars Volta's hostile split last year, Omar Rodríguez-Lopez's latest project, Bosnian Rainbows, were practically named in the divorce papers by disaffected frontman Cedric Bixler-Zavala, further suggesting this Puerto Rican-American alternative guitar god is better at starting bands than ending them.
Back in October 2012 I was under the impression that I was going to see the Omar Rodriguez Lopez Group at the Triple Door in Seattle, WA. I didn’t really care what it was going to be as it is generally an ever-changing entity. Little did I know. That was one of the best shows I saw all of 2012 and it was none other than Bosnian Rainbows.
Bosnian Rainbows are a kind of super group consisting of Omar Rodriguez Lopez, Terri Gender Bender, Nicci Kasper and Deantoni Parks. The album is nothing like the members’ previous projects other than the fact that it is some kind of awesome. In interviews I have read it seems that rather than focusing on past works or other bands they like to think of themselves as a part of a family. This is what is happening right now and it feels good. That is a fitting attitude to have considering what label they are on (so much love in the Sargent House).
Listening to this album is an adventure. It feels bitter sweet and the lyrics can be disturbingly beautiful. Each song really makes you think about the story that is being told yet at the same time will take you on a psychedelic break from reality where you can escape into your own thoughts. I can’t explain how much I love this album.
Omar Rodriguez Lopez has had a unique musical career. First came his heightened success in At the Drive-In, a band whose identity became synonymous with some of punk’s great and whose stage presence was laced in unbridled adrenalin. Next came Lopez’ work in The Mars Volta, a progressive project that initially carried on the traditions of Mahivishnu Orchestra and later moved into the psychedelic realms of experimental music. With both acts, Lopez drew interest and a following to his personal, spastic style of musical creativity. When The Mars Volta finally decided to hang it up, they had gained a very large following, and Lopez was at the peak of his success in the music industry. While I heard that he released a solo album or two after the breakup of The Mars Volta, Lopez went relatively under the radar for me personally until just around the beginning of July 2013 when I was told about a new band he had started called Bosnian Rainbows.I was fortunate enough to get the opportunity to see them open their latest tour in Atlanta on July 10th. I listened to a couple tracks very briefly upon hearing about them but didn’t have a full understanding of their artistic aim until I saw them live. And having said that, I have a name for you: Teri Gender-Bender.
Teresa Suárez, better known by her stage name “Teri Gender-Bender,” is fast becoming the Latina leading lady of the music genre “garage punk,” even once called the “Latina Björk.”
A performer of many facets, Suárez is best known as front woman to the explosive Guadalajara garage band Le Butcherettes. Notorious for her performances that include fake blood, flour, a pig’s head, and whole lot of red lipstick, Suárez is now the featured singer in the recently formed band, Bosnian Rainbows. And it’s her powerful voice that steals the show.
Suárez has left Le Butcherettes on hold for a bit and said the new band is a sort of new evolution for her. It’s been a good ride for Le Butcherettes though; their quick recognition led them to win both “Best New Artist” and “Best Punk Record” in the Indie-O Awards in 2009.
BOSNIAN RAINBOWS2013 July 19, 2013 - Hoboken, NJ @ Maxwell’s - SOLD OUT 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 04, 2013 - Glasgow, UK @ Broadcast Aug 05, 2013 - Manchester, UK @ Deaf Institute Aug 08, 2013 - Sibenik, Croatia @ Terraneo Festival Aug 09, 2013 - Croatia @ Big Yellow House Aug 12, 2013 - London, UK @ Old Blue Last Aug 13, 2013 - Brighton, UK @ Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar Aug 14, 2013 - Leeds, UK @ Brudnell Social Club 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 18, 2013 - Portland, OR @ Dante’s Sept 21, 2013 - Denver, CO @ Riot Fest Oct 26, 2013 - Asheville, NC @ Mountain Oasis Festival
Bosnian Rainbows played The Bowery Ballroom this past Sunday to fans and new comers alike. The band consists of former The Mars Volta members, Omar Rodríguez-López (guitar, backing vocals) and Deantoni Parks (drums, keyboards), alongside Le Butcherettes vocalist Teri Gender Bender and Nicci Kasper (keyboards). Opening up the show was Sacramento based duo, Sister Crayon. Lounge style singing paired with up-tempo, electro pop and live drumming really got the crowd going.
“Sí discriminan a las chicas en el rock”, Teri Gender Bender de Bosnian Rainbows
Tal vez recuerdes a Teri Gender Bender como esa granada de mano que hacía las voces en Le Butcherettes. Es 2013 y esta talentosa, explosiva y sexy mujer está al frente de Bosnian Rainbows, una especie de supergrupo que también incluye a Omar Rodríguez (ex At The Drive-In y The Mars Volta), Deantoni Parks (The Mars Volta) y Nicci Casper (Kudu).
Su música es como el resultado de una sesión de sexo entre Pink Floyd, Pixies y Sonic Youth, pero llevados a 2013, con todo el riesgo y adrenalina que ya le hace buena falta al rock (cualquiera que sea su encarnación).
Bosnian Rainbows lanzaron su primer álbum, con canciones 100% en inglés, el 25 de junio. Olvídate de ese rock facilón que hasta a tus papás les gusta, aquí sí hay intensidad violenta.
Para comprender un poco de qué trata Bosnian Rainbows, platicamos con Teri Gender Bender y le sacamos algunas verdades.
Ahora es posible hacer un disco entero en una Mac, ¿por qué decidieron grabar Bosnian Rainbows de una manera mucho más tradicional?
When Omar Rodríguez-López—formerly of The Mars Volta and At the Drive-In—tapped Teri Gender Bender (Le Butcherettes), Deantoni Parks and Nicci Kasper (KUDU) to fly to Europe and perform a string of dates as the Omar Rodríguez-López Group, a full-throttle collaboration wasn’t exactly on the agenda. It wasn’t until they hit a practice room in Hamburg, Germany, where the band was brushing up on some of the material they were touring behind off of Rodríguez-López’s Octopus Kool Aid that they started messing around with a few ideas they couldn’t wait for the return trip home to get down on tape.
"We realized, ‘Hey, we get along really well as people and we’re all really similar in ways offstage!’" says Gender Bender, calling in from the road somewhere in rural Georgia. "We’re from the same pack, the same tribe, and that’s when we realized that we should just do it."
Pro musician and Newnan native Deantoni Parks has begun an Eastern U.S. tour with his new band, Bosnian Rainbows, which Parks is proud to say had its album debut at No. 2 on Billboard’s heatseeker chart on July 4. He played with Bosnian Rainbows at Terminal West music venue in Atlanta earlier this week to launch the tour, which will last until July 24. The band will be playing at multiple venues on its way up north and will hit a number of states before ending in Chicago. A week later, the band will be traveling overseas to play at numerous music festivals across Europe.
“We don’t really believe in taking breaks,” Parks said. “We have only been together for eight months, and we are closing in on 100 shows.”
Bosnian Rainbows was formed in 2012 by Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, co-founder of The Mars Volta, and he now takes position as Bosnian Rainbows’s lead guitarist. Parks, who was also the drummer in The Mars Volta, adds his drumming skills, and the two other band members are vocalist Teri Gender Bender and Nicci Kasper on the keyboard.
Bosnian Rainbows On tour now and More Festivals and Shows added 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..
BOSNIAN RAINBOWS2013 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/ 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 - SOLD OUT 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 04, 2013 - Glasgow, UK @ Broadcast Aug 05, 2013 - Manchester, UK @ Deaf Institute Aug 08, 2013 - Sibenik, Croatia @ Terraneo Festival Aug 12, 2013 - London, UK @ Old Blue Last Aug 13, 2013 - Brighton, UK @ Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar Aug 14, 2013 - Leeds, UK @ Brudnell Social Club 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 18, 2013 - Portland, OR @ Dante’s Sept 21-22 , 2013 - Denver, CO @ Riot Fest Oct 26, 2013 - Asheville, NC @ Mountain Oasis Festival
Having released their first record just a few days before the secret show, the buzz around Bosnian Rainbows is undeniable, as every show they play is for a packed house of devoted fans despite only releasing their record two weeks ago. The workhorse band has generated a following the good ol’ fashioned way: shows, shows, shows.
Last week Red Bull Music Academy in Los Angeles announced a surprise invite-only performance to be held on Friday, June 28 at the Silverlake club Los Globos. With the only clue being that this show would be under Red Bull’s Panamerika brand, we waited until Wednesday night for the artist to be revealed via Twitter.
Bosnian Rainbows was announced as the surprise special performance. This new all-star indie group is comprised of Omar Rodriguez-Lopez (Mars Volta), Teri Gender Bender (Le Butcherettes), Deantoni Parks (Mars Volta) and Nicci Kasper (KRS-ONE).
They released their self-titled debut album recently, and have been on the road consistently since August 2012 touring extensively in North America, Europe, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan. They made their U.S. festival debut at last September’s Fun Fun Fun Fest, and appeared at Festival Vive Latino in Mexico City in March 2013.
Outside the clubs doors on Sunset Blvd., indie-rockers where lined up ready to see the band in this intimate setting.
To understand why Bosnian Rainbows' music stands out, you have to go back to 2007 in Guadalajara, Mexico. A singer named Teresa Suarez has taken the stage name Teri Gender Bender — adopted as a feminist statement while at the head of a band called Le Butcherettes .
With a snarl that could send Billy Idol off whimpering into a corner, she’s a mesmerizing and at times terrifying performer. Her style is part Iggy Pop and part Mick Jagger, with a Mexican punk soul. “Frightening and glorious” is how one audience member described her to me. There is no woman quite like her in Latin music, but she says that early on, that seemed to work against her.
During one particularly rough gig in Guadalajara, the power went out, but the band played on. It was a good thing it did, because somewhere in the audience was a Grammy-winning producer and musician named Omar Rodriguez Lopez. He was mesmerized: She was exactly what he was looking for in a collaborator for his new project.
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.”
Ultimate Guitar Reviews the new Bosnian Rainbows album
Sound: When Omar announced a hiatus for The Mars Volta it soon turned into the band completely dissolving. Omar began work on a solo project which grew into a full-fledged new band with collaborative effort from multiple members, which immediately set it apart from The Mars Volta. The band includes Teri Gender Bender (on vocals), Deantoni Parks (drums, keyboard), Nicci Kasper (synths, keyboards), and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez (guitar, backing vocals, keyboard). In a lot of ways this is a significant departure from the sound of The Mars Volta, asBosnian Rainbows incorporates modern elements (with a lot of synths and keyboards) and vintage recording techniques with a larger focus on songwriting. Teri Gender Bender is also the lead vocalist from the punk band, Le Butcherettes.
Bosnian Rainbows’ debut album is an album heavy with the weight of expectations thanks, in part, to the destructive aftermath of its creation but, also, because of the experience of the talent behind its roster.
Bosnian Rainbows began as a collaborative effort early last summer between artist Omar Rodriguez Lopez (The Mars Volta/At The Drive-In), singer Teresa Suarez (a.k.a. Teri Gender Bender of Le Butcherettes), drummer/keyboardist Deantoni Parks (The Mars Volta/Dark Angels), and keyboardist/bassist Nicci Kasper (Dark Angels). Lopez had worked with each member before in various capacities and the four decided to work together in a four-way partnership as Bosnian Rainbows. The collaboration is directly in contrast to his two-man reign over The Mars Volta with longtime artistic partner Cedric Bixler Zavala. Lopez wrote all the music for TMV while Zavala wrote all the lyrics, both with no input from any other members of the live group.