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June 18, 2013

New Rodriguez-Lopez creation disappoints

COMMERCE — As an avid Omar Rodriguez-Lopez fan I am a bit disheartened that his artistic instinct led him to create a band that can be categorized. Bosnian Rainbows, comprised of Deantoni Parks, Nicci Kasper, and Teri Gender Bender, has an alternative pop sound that reflects music of the 80s with the occasional genius guitar rift snuck in by Rodriguez-Lopez.

He is known for following his instinct and making music that reflects his current emotional state, and is best known for his work in the bands At the Drive-In and The Mars Volta where he had full artistic control with his partner-in-crime, Cedric Bixler-Zavala. He has also made numerous solo albums. It seems he is no longer as selfish with his creativity and that he has finally matured into a band leader who craves a community band, with each member responsible for every process from writing to recording.

I have listened to Bosnian Rainbows, whose self-titled album hits the shelves June 25, and seen them live and, although I am looking forward to the album release, I am not fully satisfied. I understand growth and instinct, I know he can’t play the same kind of music forever, but I got over the fact The Mars Volta will never exist again when I saw how impassive he was while playing the At the Drive-In reunion shows earlier this year.

The fact is, I am disappointed in his next step, the fact that certain songs remind me of other music-something that is unprecedented with his works. Their song “On the Run” sounds like it was stolen from an unreleased tape by the 80s band The Missing Persons, and “Cry For You” sounds annoyingly similar to the opening of “Everlong” by Foo Fighters, not to mention the vocal styling of Terri Gender Bender are all too reminiscent of Karen O. Speaking of, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs are actually currently opening for Bosnian Rainbows, which brings my point to a close.

The music is good and I think audiences will be able to connect with this band, but I am still baffled that Omar Rodriguez-Lopez is connected to it, and, worse, that he is proud of it.

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