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With Bosnian Rainbows, vocalist Teri Gender Bender is a long way from the garage grind of her band Le Butcherettes—but guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez isn't too far from the proggy vibe that threaded together much of his previous band, The Mars Volta. Yet where that band was lean, Bosnian Rainbows' music is lush. The tones are colored in vibrant psychedelic hues, but the clean production and shifting time signatures keep this work anchored in the prog-rock realm. That said, crisp synths and discernable lyrics add a punchy new wave flavor too. Bender’s vocals and occasional arrangements (“Dig Right in Me,” “I Cry for You,” “Morning Sickness”) recall Siouxsie & The Banshees. But an odd thing happens when Bender’s voice reaches a certain pitch wrapped in a particular polish: Terri Nunn of the band Berlin comes to mind, and the possibility of a commercial crossover starts to soften the more interesting edges. You can almost envision “Torn Maps” on the radio (both in 1984 and now). Bosnian Rainbows may be a tad discombobulating, but it’s also crazily satisfying.

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What I've been waiting for!


Very good sound, unique in a sea of copy cat alt bands. Small complaints, the "retro" sound is a bit forced. And in response to the itunes review, there is nothing "Siouxsie" about this album at all. That's neither good nor bad, just a reminder that hipsters shouldn't review what they don't know about. Here's hoping good things happen for Bosnian Rainbows

Great but...

My only disappointment is that while I am not naive enough to think it would sound like Mars Volta, there is certainly nothing "groundbreaking" here. The playing of Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Deantoni Parks are quite pedestrian. The keyboards and basslines (keyboard?) sound like a 12 year-old played them. However, Terri Gender Bender single-handedly makes this album amazing. She takes full control of the recording from beginning to end, and turns in an amazing performance. Her voice is gorgeous, and her lyrics are deeply insightful. Perhaps the band was created to be a vehicle for her. If that's the case, it is a complete success. If you're looking for musicianship, look to the new Big Sir, Palms, Atoms for Peace, or Zavalas. If songwriting is your passion, this is a great album to pick up.


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '10s

Following Mars Volta's 2012 album Noctourniquet, guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and drummer Deantoni Parks formed the alternative rock band Bosnian Rainbows with keyboardist Nicci Kasper and Le Butcherettes vocalist Teri Gender Bender. Born Teresa Suarez, Teri Gender Bender's sexy yet powerful presence affected the project heavily, taking the Mars Volta boys away from their usual experimental post-rock excursions and into a new musical...
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