Omar Rodriguez-Lopez’s former bands the Mars Volta and At the Drive-In are the sort of acts that fans get tattoos of. But unlike the permanent nature of inking yourself, he’s moved on to another project with his new four-piece Bosnian Rainbows. On the band’s debut (out next month), we find Rodriguez-Lopez exploring a punchy goth sound with Le Butcherettes frontwoman Teri Gender-Bender, drummer Deantoni Parks and keyboardist Nicci Kasper of Dark Angels. Hive recently caught up with Rodriguez-Lopez before the release of their debut album to talk about the “virgin” experience of playing with a new band, why the At the Drive-In reunion was emotionally tough and the Mars Volta breaking up over Twitter.
The Mars Volta and At the Drive-In are bands that people are really passionate about. Is it a different experience for you touring with a band that nobody’s ever heard?
Totally. You can’t pay for the specialness of what it is when you just go play music when nobody knows anything about it. It’s that initial experience. I hate to use the word “virgin” — it’s so dumb — but it is like doing it for the first time. Just like when At the Drive-In went out for the first time, or the Mars Volta. People have no clue what to expect, and there’s that excitement about it. You’re just playing music, and there is no expectation, really.
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With At The Drive-In’s reunion tour now a passing memory and the recent acrimonious split of his mind-bending prog crew, The Mars Volta, prolific noodler Omar Rodriguez-Lopez is currently putting most of his energy into new post-punk-influenced outfit Bosnian Rainbows, who release their self-titled debut next month. Whereas he called all the shots for a decade in Mars Volta, he’s now happy to be sharing the creative load with his new band mates. Q sat down with him ahead of the band’s recent appearance at London’s 100 Club to discuss self-expression, his relationship with Cedric Bixler-Zavala and what really happened during the At The Drive-In reunion shows…
How does it feel to be part of a collaboration again?
“It’s amazing, it’s liberating and it’s invigorating. It all sounds so dumb. There’s nothing like the feeling of getting schooled by the band. That’s the main thing; that’s the only way you get better.”
Deafheaven’s new album Sunbather is reviewed in the July issue of Decibel Magazine and the picture they used is unreal. Album comes out on June 11, 2013 on Deathwish, Inc.
Don’t miss Deafheaven on tour with Marriages - SEE ALL SHOW DETAILS
Boris, Deafheaven at Echoplex May 23 & 24
with Marriages as well on May 23
TTNG, Tera Melos at The Echo - May 23
Echo Park based label Sargent House is set to take over the Echo and Echoplex this Thursday and Friday. Japanese post-noise trio, Boris, will be headlining both nights at the Echoplex playing a wide array of classics and never before heard tunes. San Francisco-based black metal quintet, Deafheaven, will be joining them both nights at the Echoplex, with Marriages opening the show on Thursday 5/23 (SOLD OUT) and Ides of Gemini (not on SH) on Friday night. Some hardcore math rock from Sargent House will be taking over the Echo on Thursday 5/23 (SOLD OUT) with NorCal band, Tera Melos headlining, and Oxford based This Town Needs Guns aka TTNG lending support. Marriages, features two members of SH’s Red Sparowes, and are the newest band to join the family, and are based here in Los Angeles. Having recently released their debut EP, Kitsune, they have announced a national tour in support of Sargent House Management’s band Deafheaven this summer. Alluringly sensual dramatic rock with shades of doom and psych, the 6 song EP from Marriages is streaming below. - Jacqueline Caruso
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Marcel Rodriguez-Lopez is usually known for playing percussion or keyboards in bands The Mars Volta or Zechs Marquise. As a child, his mother encouraged him to pursue the piano as an addition to the drums that he preferred, so he would always have the opportunity to perform as a solo act. While on tour with his other bands, Rodriguez-Lopez concocted with the synthesizer-driven sounds of Eureka the Butcher, his alter ego. Those works have been collected in the album Music for Mothers, set for release May 28. The full album stream for Music for Mothers is available today. Check out how he chops up alien synth lines and stuttering rhythms to create otherworldly electronica worthy of any momma’s praise. - Alexis Stephens
Eureka The Butcher’s Album Release show is on May 28 in El Paso
Stream: Deafheaven, “Sunbather”
BORIS & DEAFHEAVEN
May 22 - San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop w/ Boris
May 23 - Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex w/ Boris & Marriages
May 24, 2013 - Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex w/ Boris & Ides of Gemini
DEAFHEAVEN & MARRIAGES
Jun 19, 2013 - Tempe, AZ @ Yucca Tap Room
Jun 21, 2013 - Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
Jun 22, 2013 - Austin, TX @ Red 7
Jun 23, 2013 - Houston, TX @ Mango’s
Jun 25, 2013 - Orlando, FL @ Will’s Pub
Jun 26, 2013 - Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
Jun 26, 2013 - North Birmingham, AL @ The Forge
Jun 27, 2013 - Charlotte, NC @ The Milestone Club
Jun 29, 2013 - Raleigh, NC @ Kings Barcade
Jun 30, 2013 - Washington, DC @ Rock N Roll Hotel
Jul 1, 2013 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Barbary
Jul 2, 2013 - Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus Bar
Jul 3, 2013 - Cambridge, MA @ T.T. The Bear’s Place
Jul 5, 2013 - Cleveland Heights, OH@ Grog Shop
Jul 6, 2013 - Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
Jul 7, 2013 - Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick Lounge
Jul 8, 2013 - Kansas City, MO @ The Record Bar
Jul 9, 2013 - Denver, CO @ The Marquis Theater
Jul 10, 2013 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
Jul 11, 2013 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
Jul 13, 2013 - Portland, OR @ Bunker Bar
Jul 15, 2013 - San Francisco, CA @ The Bottom of the Hill
When listening to Mylets’ collection of remastered EPs, Retcon, it is easy to be impressed without even considering how the music actually sounds. Teenager Henry Kohen single handedly creates every aspect of the loop-based rock, singing, playing guitar and mixing in the occasional synth or percussion sample to round things out. Kohen’s youth and multitasking abilities are feats in and of themselves, but Retcon is ultimately a successful record because the songs are just really good.
Opener “Seven Diamonds Plus One” offers a good taste of what’s to come on the rest of the LP. There is a faint Animal Collective influence with Kohen’s Avey Tare-like scream blending with increasingly complex loops of guitar. There is sparse drumming to provide rhythm, but the real focus is on the songwriting and the interplay between repeating riffs. This style is present for most of the record and it’s impressive that, despite the eccentric and intricate nature of the music, Kohen has developed a strong, core sound.
More shenanigans from the Tera Melos trio on the road.. the track is Until Lufthansa from their album X’ed Out. Can’t wait to see them soon! and Happy Birthday to Nick Reinhart today!!
TERA MELOS & TTNG
May 21, 2013 - Scottsdale, AZ @ Pub Rock
May 22, 2013 - San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
May 23, 2013 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo - SOLD OUT
May 24, 2013 - Santa Ana, CA @ The Constellation Room
May 25, 2013 - San Francisco, CA @ The Bottom of the Hill
May 26, 2013 - Fresno, CA @ Star Palace Ballroom
A chorus of gyrating nudists lead the charge as we dive headfirst into Indian Handcrafts‘ last album “Civil Disobedience for Losers”. But this is only two guys? The sporadic funk of this album bleeds into the room as you are instantly transfused into the stale air of the studio. You can smell the folded beer caps. These are creative beings returning to earth at very angry speeds with the fury, the funk and the riffs crash-landing hard.
Bruce Lee‘s new video features a dialogue between rivals in the language of nunchaku, 70′s aesthetic and kung-fu mastery! Pay homage to the masters and Spread it.
Equal parts beer and LSD, Civil Disobedience For Losers, released last year, holds a piece of your soul in escrow on this anti-placating road-trip. The alien imagery strewn throughout makes perfect sense in the context of the goddamned MESSAGE of these riffs. The cocktail of motifs in this album somehow have been heading towards each other through uncondensed pure idea only to collide perfectly in this release. Bruce Lee, kill-the-clutch-riffs and rustic rudimentary psychedelic dirt play at home here together in your mind. Indian Handcrafts are the travelling landscape, filling us as listeners with speeds that warm our bodies flush as the rush is superimposed into our skulls.
Sargent House is proud to announce our very first Festival Stage at this years Indiependence Music & Arts Festival on August 2nd.
We will have And So I Watch You From Afar, Bosnian Rainbows, Chelsea Wolfe, Mylets, No Spill Blood & TTNG all playing our stage this year.
Below are videos and links to see and hear more from each of the bands playing our stage. (listed in alphabetical order).
AND SO I WATCH YOU FROM AFAR - (IRELAND)
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BOSNIAN RAINBOWS - (USA)
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CHELSEA WOLFE - (USA)
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MYLETS - (USA)
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NO SPILL BLOOD - (IRELAND)
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TTNG - formerly known as This Town Needs Guns (UK)
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Hell yes, see you Ireland!
He’s one of the best drummers in the world… and the cymbals he plays are Istanbul Agop and they are stoked about it. Full page ad for them featuring Dave Turncrantz of Russian Circles in this months issue of Modern Drummer Magazine. Of course he should also be on the Cover.. get with it MD!
The word “supergroup” can be a tricky term. It’s one of those words that has a habit of raising expectations, and that’s not always a good thing. Bosnian Rainbows are certainly an act who fit firmly into the supergroup category, made up of former The Mars Volta members Omar Rodríguez-López and Deantoni Parks, plus Le Butcherettes vocalist Teri Gender Bender, and Nicci Kasper on keys.
Considering this musical prog-punk pedigree, it’s no wonder how hard it is to get close to the stage of London’s 100 Club for the band’s headline set. This intimate venue has built its reputation on being the place where numerous punk legends, such as Siouxsie and the Banshees and The Adicts, have cut their teeth.
This proves to be a fitting lineage for tonight’s show. The low ceiling and tightly packed crowd give proceedings a sweaty house party feel. And as Bosnian Rainbows take the stage, cheers are hushed into near silence and the band launches straight into the sinister synths of ‘Eli’, the opening track from their forthcoming self-titled album.
The fact that the band have been constantly on tour since their inception in 2012 shines through as the four-piece instantly come together like a tightly honed machine. Rodríguez-López’s virtuoso guitar work fits seamlessly with the pounding beats and rhythmic synths of Parks and Kasper.
It’s clear, however, that the stage belongs to leading lady Teri Gender Bender. Having a name reminiscent of ’70s punk icons like Poly Styrene is no accident. Her stage presence is drenched in gloriously exhibitionist spirit as she dominates the stage like a cross between Alice Glass and Patti Smith.
Tera Melos are on the cover and there is a great feature story on them in Issue #136 of Submerge Magazine - Click to read it online or grab it in hard copy out this week in Sacramento, CA.
And don’t miss Tera Melos out on tour now - see all dates here.
Sargent House has taken over Made Of Chalk all this month with 9 live video premieres featuring three from each of our bands including Tera Melos, TTNG and Native. Here are the first three videos one from each. All shot live in Chicago. Big thanks to Made of Chalk for making these.