READ ABOUT BLACK RAINBOW
The members of Black Rainbow have been bringing DIY punk to basements,
clubs, and even city streets across the USA for two decades in bands like
Chickenhead, Los Canadians, The Dark Rides, Shotwell, Sharp Knife, Onion Flavored
Rings, and many more. Black Rainbow was formed in 2007 when longtime singer
and guitar duo (and lifelong partners in crime), Ivy Jeanne and Erick Lyle, persuaded
Tulsa's guitarist, songwriter, and frontman, Morgan Stickrod, to take up the drums
for a new band. Readers of Lyle's long-running magazine, SCAM, will be familiar
with the exploits of Ivy and Erick's previous bands, MIAMI, a band formed with
the late Matty Luv and Aesop of Hickey to play only illegal generator shows in
the streets of San Francisco, and ALLERGIC TO BULLSHIT, a band known for,
among other things, playing live on a flatbed truck in an anti-war parade and for
handing out free stolen cans of spray paint to audiences. Picking up where these
collaborations left off, BLACK RAINBOW quickly recorded a handful of 7"'s and
toured the country several times.
The band took a break from touring in 2010, while Ivy and Morgan went to school
and Erick pursued work in freelance journalism and art curating. The band never
quit working on new songs, though. With the addition of new bassist, Jacqui
Cornetta, formerly of Nate Powell's Bloomington supergroup, UNIVERSE, Black
Rainbow is now back with their first full length LP and their first nationwide tour in
Recorded in Portland, OR at Buzz or Howl Studios with Stan Wright (Arctic
Flowers, Broken Water), the new record continues the band's longstanding efforts
to bring together influences as diverse as Irma Thomas and Black Flag in the
same songs. Ivy Jeanne's lyrics blend the personal, political, and poetic, drawing
on inspiration from her involvement in Bay Area art and activism.
On this record, Ivy pays tribute to various literary influences, with lyrics inspired
by the works of radical feminist, Shulamith Firestone, queer Utopian thinker, Jose
Esteban Munoz, and transgender writer and activist, Samantha Dorsett.
On other songs, she directly incorporates the writings of novelists, Kathy Acker
and Clarice Lispector into the songs, in the process weaving together a complex
reflection on years of underground life as well as a path toward hard-won healing,
hope, and continued resistance.