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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 .


RedBull Music Academy: Interview with Bosnian Rainbows’ Omar Rodriguez Lopez

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).

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CLASH Foundations: Omar Rodriguez Lopez discusses 5 of his most inspirational LPS

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Formerly a member of At The Drive-In, De Facto and The Mars Volta, and currently playing in alt-rock foursome Bosnian Rainbows, Omar Rodríguez-López is a musician who needs no introduction to anyone even vaguely into rock music since the turn of the millennium.

Bosnian Rainbows – ‘Turtle Neck’, from the album ‘Bosnian Rainbows’

Below, the guitarist talks Clash through five albums of absolute importance to his musical development – five truly foundational records.

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Omar Rodriguez Lopez loves Orange Amps

Omar stopped by Orange while in Atlanta on tour with Bosnian Rainbows and chatted about his gear and why he loves Orange Amps. Big thanks to all the folks at Orange for their support.


Total Guitar’s Rig Rundown with Omar Rodriguez Lopez of Bosnian Rainbows

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Prog Rock Magazine Interview with Omar Rodriguez Lopez

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NPR Morning Edition: Bosnian Rainbows

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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.

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Rolling Stone: Interview with Bosnian Rainbows

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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.”

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OC Weekly feature with Omar Rodriguez Lopez on Bosnian Rainbows - Show Recommend for 6/26 at The Observatory

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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.”

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TERRA: In Depth Q&A with Teri & Omar of Bosnian Rainbows

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Bosnian Rainbows is a band that truly lives up to the phrase ‘the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.’ Since joining forces in 2012, The Mars Volta's Omar Rodríguez-López and kindred spirits singer Teri Gender Bender (born Teresa Suárez) from Guadalajara’s Le Bucherettes, keyboardist Nicci Kasper (Kudu, KRS-­‐ONE) and drummer Deantoni Parks (John Cale,The Mars Volta) have lived and toured together, developing an intimacy that’s evident in their self-titled debut. The album features their take on synth-pop and new wave sounds with an emphasis on groove, while Gender Bender brings vulnerability and passion to lyrics that go deep into your soul and never let go, not that you’d want them to. 

A week before they hit the road again, we had the pleasure of speaking at length with Omar and Teri about everything from the band, human perception, sexuality and what it means to be a Latino/a in 2013. WARNING: It’s a long read but worth every second!

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Stunning photo diary done by Georg Schmid and shot at Clouds Hill of Bosnian Rainbows while recording. See the whole diary HERE. Debut album out on June 25th on Sargent House and on June 28th in Europe on Clouds Hill.

Don’t miss them on tour NOW - SEE ALL DATES HERE


Paste Magazine: Bosnian Rainbows featured in “The Best of What’s Next”

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“You have no idea how lucky I feel,” Teri Gender Bender—born Teresa Suarez—admits about her new band, Bosnian Rainbows. As she talks this new sense of community that she’s found in her bandmates, there’s certain urgency in her voice, and she pauses for just a second after a few rapid-fire sentences. “Sorry,” she says after a longer pause. “I’m getting really emotional.”

“It’s like when you find your long, lost family,” she continues. “You’ve been an orphan your whole life, because it takes a lot of energy to fake it. It feels so good, [to have] people who understand you.”

Of course, to appreciate a sentiment like this, the vocalist had to already experience the opposite. Gender Bender, now 24, also fronted a garage-fueled punk band called Le Butcherettes, which got its start in Guadalajara, Mexico in 2007. And it was in Butcherettes that she first experienced the loss of a friend, drummer Auryn Jolene, an experience that would fuel her appreciation for this new four-piece family in music all the more.

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Bosnian Rainbows - Entschuldigen! (Live in Hannover)

another daily film from tour life and Bosnian Rainbows TV.


Bosnian Rainbows - Van Rest Stop Europe

another video from the daily videos from Bosnian Rainbows TV “tour life”


Bosnian Rainbows TV channel now live with new videos everyday through album release on June 25

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Subscribe to the Bosnian Rainbows TV on youtube and see a new video from the road each day leading up to the album’s release date on June 25th.