“It’s loud in there,” says Omar Rodriguez-Lopez in a dark alley behind the Troubadour. It’s a cool autumn evening in West Hollywood and inside the venue they’re sound-checking for the first Bosnian Rainbows L.A. show, a new project spearheaded by the renowned Mars Volta/At The Drive-In guitarist. While his new band is set to make their L.A. debut tonight, and with dozens of fans lined up at the front of the venue hours before the sold-out performance, Rodriguez-Lopez is calm and focused. His immediate task: to find a quiet place to do this interview. “Do you guys know the area?” he asks, peaking around the dimly-lit street corner.
It’s the last day of the Summer Slaughter tour and things are hectic in Anaheim.
“They won’t let us take our food inside,” guitarist Paul Waggoner says, adjusting the window blinds at the front of the group’s RV.
“I was thinking I was a big buff guy that wanted to fight people at every show,” Ian Watkins jokes.
On a hot August evening outside a restaurant on the Sunset Strip, the Lostprophets frontman tells stories of Public Disturbance, a mid-90s UK hardcore band who he drummed for. He says shows during that era were “a bunch of cool times” and remembers being in a two-man mosh pit for Vision of Disorder. “It was a good vibe.”
“I opened the door and it was all white,” Josh Scogin recalls of throwing flour on Alesana during The Chariot’s 2008 tour with the band. “They went up to play and every time they’d headbang there would be this powder of flour [everywhere],” he laughs.
“It was surreal being there,” bassist Johnny Adger says of touring Europe in 2010 with Them Crooked Vultures. “On the first night, [Dave Grohl, John Paul Jones, and Josh Homme] introduced themselves to us. I was like ‘yeah, I know who you are,'” he laughs.