Omar Rodriguez-Lopez Has Got A New Band, It’s Called Bosnian Rainbows!

Bosnian Rainbows (photo by Robin Laananen)

Bosnian Rainbows (photo by Robin Laananen)

If you have too much time on your hands, trying to run to keep up with Omar Rodriguez-Lopez’s prolific output could turn into a full time occupation.

With six studio albums released under the now defunct banner of The Mars Volta, not to mention a mere 34 albums counted on his own Bandcamp page (ok – some of these might be EPs or singles, you’re welcome to find out!), chasing after Omar is the pursuit of an obsessive, and he’s, (and it will be a “he”, I’ve no doubt) welcome to it.

The easiest thing to do is stand still, there will be one along in a minute…and here it is, hoving into view, soon to be in our anticipating hands in the form of the first self-titled album by the cryptically named Bosnian Rainbows.

There were too many brackets in that last paragraph but one, which neatly sums up Omar’s convoluted musical passage. After a brief re-union of pre-TMV band At The Drive-In, Omar, along with the last drummer for TMV, one Deantoni Parks, got together with singer Teri Gender-Bender, and Nicci Kasper on synths and keyboards and formed Bosnian Rainbows.

The result is akin to handshake across generations, with a fusion of punky attitude à la Siouxsie crossed with Patti Smith from Ms Gender-Bender, backed by some energetic new wave spikyness from the band, all present and correct in single Torn Maps, fused with Omar’s unique acid-jazz-prog-punk fusion, which comes to the fore on the only other track we are privy to before the 25th June release date, Turtle Neck.

I’m intrigued, as this is a definite departure from The Mars Volta’s propensity for pointless noodling, especially in the middle period of their tortured journey.

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Written by Roger T

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