11 Songs, 48 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

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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EDITORS’ NOTES

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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Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
54 Ratings

54 Ratings

truegothcore ,

docl

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

manandmaschine ,

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.

ColletteTheCoolGirlYer ,

Change of pace

Le Butcherettes and The Mars Volta, converge into something pretty epic. While I saw Bosnian Rainbows live, without hearing any of the music. I came out a fan! Everyone is obviously disgruntled because it's not like The Mars Volta, whatsoever, and has a much slower pace, but that's not to say it's not good. This album is amazing! The lyrics are simple, and will get stuck in your head for hours. There's just something different about this band, I get the shivers listening to them, every time. They are worth your time, and with an open mind, may just blow your mind!

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