The members of Rainbow Black have been together for a total of about three months, but their musical experience goes back much further than that. The band was the brainchild of Arash Mafi and Alex Lackey, who have been making music together for years. More recently, the pair began working on new material and realized that they wanted to add some members. Enter bassist Ben Brennan and drummer Taylor Clark, who also plays with YYBS, and Rainbow Black was officially formed.
The group works hard to create a sound that will take you on a spiritual and emotional journey though eery organ sounds accompanied by a lead guitar with stories to tell.
The band plays their first show as a musical unit on Saturday. We thought we would get to know them before they take over the local scene.
How did you come up with the band name?
Arash • It was inspired by a poem that I wrote. Alex and I thought it would make a killer band name because it paints a great mental visual.
How would you describe your music?
We use a very haunting almost church-like organ sound to drive some of the songs. We also use the two lead instruments (organ and guitar) to intertwine our melodies and step outside of the standard singing melodies. The vocals are more of it's own instrument rather than the main focal point. Arash and Alex's guitar styles are uniquely different. Arash spices his sound up with Middle Eastern licks, while Alex delves deep into his off-color modes, which give body to our sound, as opposed to playing the same things. Ben drives his bass heavy and low to hit the sacral chakra and vibrate your soul. He takes a lot of influence from Waters and Geddy Lee to bring back the importance of a strong backbone. Taylor rips like a fire coming out of the snowy wasteland, keeping us in a tight-knit rhythm.
Arash • To have a good time and maybe hear something that they haven't heard before.
What would be your dream show lineup with you headlining?
In a dream world, we would love to play with Jimi Hendrix, but that won't happen. Our dream lineup realistically would be Radio Moscow, Dead Meadow, Man Man and The Black Angels. Radio Moscow because they are very energetic, loud and insane. Parker Griggs is like the modern Hendrix on the guitar. The Black Angels because they step into another realm of psychedelic drone. Dead Meadow because they send us into another world of possibility that just isn't too prevalent anymore in this day and age. Man Man is like adult children playing in a demonic playhouse, and we f--king dig it!