Omar Rodriguez-Lopez Says Bosnian Rainbows Killed His Desire to Be a Musical Dictator
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."
When it comes to rainbows, Bosnian or otherwise, the coolest thing about these streaks of floating paint is each color's ability to hold its own vibrant place in the atmosphere while together representing an innate oneness. Even before the release of Nocturniquet--the Mars Volta's latest and possibly final effort--Rodriguez-Lopez's thirst for collaboration after so many years of musical dictatorship in that band told him it was time for a change. It's not as though he needed to go very far to find the personnel he was looking for to hatch a new project. Much of the inspiration for Bosnian Rainbows was begotten from never-released recordings he'd made with thunderous Mars Volta drummer Deantoni Parks.
"When I recorded the last Mars Volta record, Deantoni recorded his parts in just a day. We had four days left over, and we just started messing around like I hadn't done in about a decade," Rodriguez-Lopez recalls. "We recorded all these ideas we had, and we kinda kept the dialogue going about that material throughout the years."
Tonight, Rodriguez-Lopez comes to OC for a second time to test out the newest of his stripped-down, psychedelic endeavors. Their eponymous, debut LP was released yesterday. After blitzing through Europe with Parks, guitar-playing wild woman Teri "Gender Bender" Suarez and synth player Nicci Kasper, the band recorded an album to turn this passion project into a concrete statement about Rodriguez-Lopez's new creative intentions. "That happiness that comes through sharing with people," he says. "It's a whole different thing than doing something in which only your opinion matters; you can only take that enjoyment so far. . . . There's no bigger high than serving something bigger than yourself."