Newnan's Parks on tour with Bosnian Rainbows
by Wes Mayer
Pro musician and Newnan native Deantoni Parks has begun an Eastern U.S. tour with his new band, Bosnian Rainbows, which Parks is proud to say had its album debut at No. 2 on Billboard’s heatseeker chart on July 4. He played with Bosnian Rainbows at Terminal West music venue in Atlanta earlier this week to launch the tour, which will last until July 24. The band will be playing at multiple venues on its way up north and will hit a number of states before ending in Chicago. A week later, the band will be traveling overseas to play at numerous music festivals across Europe.
“We don’t really believe in taking breaks,” Parks said. “We have only been together for eight months, and we are closing in on 100 shows.”
Bosnian Rainbows was formed in 2012 by Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, co-founder of The Mars Volta, and he now takes position as Bosnian Rainbows’s lead guitarist. Parks, who was also the drummer in The Mars Volta, adds his drumming skills, and the two other band members are vocalist Teri Gender Bender and Nicci Kasper on the keyboard.
Parks said that Bosnian Rainbows just ended its first world tour, a tour that sent the band across Europe, Russia, North and South America, Australia and Japan. The band also just released its first album, titled “Bosnian Rainbows,” on June 25 in the U.S. and June 28 worldwide.
It was in its first weeks that “Bosnian Rainbows” debuted at No. 2 on billboard.com’s heatseekers chart.
Although Parks considers Bosnian Rainbows to be his greatest focus at the moment, he also has a few projects on the side. One is his “We Are Dark Angels” project, which he started in 2009 with Nicci Kasper. Dark Angels features musical derivations of a number of artists that Parks and Kasper hold iconic, Parks said. Dark Angels also includes a clothing sales line that will donate a portion of the proceeds to The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network.
On top of that, Parks still holds a position as an ensemble professor at Boston’s Berklee School of Music, where he went to college after graduating Newnan High School. Parks said he has not taught there for quite some time, though, because Bosnian Rainbows has kept him busy.
While traveling on its world tour, Bosnian Rainbows also put together recordings for a second album, Parks said. The album, which is currently being mixed, will be entirely in Spanish.
According to Parks, right now is a great time for Latin music as the demographic has become huge, and he considers it to be a great platform for his band’s music. The Eastern U.S. tour, however, will only include music from recent album “Bosnian Rainbows,” Parks said.
The band will actually be playing the album’s list in its entirety for each show. In addition to Bosnian Rainbows, the three-member post punk/new wave band Sister Crayon will be opening for the shows.