Midwest’s proto-heavy and psychedelic metal whirlwind RAINBOWS ARE FREE team up with Glide Magazine to premiere their upcoming live album “Heavy Petal Music”, to be issued this Friday 9th June via Ripple Music.
“Rainbows Are Free will leave you breathless by the end of a performance.” – Doomed & Stoned
“Imagine a band where the vocal worlds of Chris Cornell, Ronnie James Dio, and Ian Gillan rage with a singular mission to keep rock alive while expanding its psychedelic wonders.” Glide Magazine
“A hulking juggernaut of proto-doom, a frantic cacophony of swirling psychedelia and heavy metal.” – Distorted Sound Magazine
Experience the fire and fury of “Heavy Petal Music” at this location
Rainbows Are Free‘s sonic locus appears on the rock n’ roll family tree at the point where proto-metal and heavy psychedelia shared a common apocryphal ancestor before branching off into their own distinct lineages. “Heavy Petal Music” is a live retrospective of the band’s fifteen-year discography, featuring a comprehensive sampling from their three previous studio albums, as well as a few rarities performed from their eponymous self-released demo EP.
“Heavy Petal Music” was recorded live at the Summer Breeze music festival in RAF’s hometown of Norman, OK on August 8th, 2021 – their first live performance after the pandemic. The band’s pent-up energy bursts forth from the stage and through the speakers like a six-headed hydra that just broke free from its bonds after being confined to darkness for nearly two years.
Rainbows Are Free formed in late 2007 as the conglomerate of several long-time heavy rock bands from Norman, OK. In February 2008, RAF self-released an eponymous demo EP. A year later they began work on a full-length album Believers In Medicine, which was released in April 2010 on Guestroom Records Records (GRR). They followed up with their second album on GRR in 2014 with the release of Waves Ahead of the Ocean, which saw international distribution by Cargo Records UK. All three releases were recorded at the legendary Bell Labs recording studio (engineered and mixed by Trent Bell of Chainsaw Kittens fame) in Norman, OK.
The release of the Rainbows Are Free’s third full-length album, Head Pains, on Italian Stoner/Doom/Sludge label Argonauta Records with vinyl support from Horton Records, has firmly established the band as a mainstay of underground heaviness while further exhibiting the band’s unique voice — setting them apart from contemporaries of heavy psychedelic, doom, and stoner rock with whom they’ve shared the stage (High on Fire, Dead Meadow, St. Vitus, The Sword, Big Business, Pallbearer, Kylesa, etc.).
Often appearing in costumed stage dress, the band, fronted by the soaring and snarling nigh 7-foot cyclone of weirdness that is Brandon Kistler, continues to shock and amaze fans by introducing an element of good-humored theatrics to accompany their live sonic assault. This is achieved in no small part due to the guitar prowess and songwriting of Richie Tarver, joined by the ambient soundscapes of Joey Powell on rhythm guitar, and the thunderous low end of Jason Smith on bass, and Bobby Onspaugh on drums, and Josh Elam on synth.
Rainbows Are Free is
Brandon Kistler – Vocals
Richie Tarver – Lead Guitar
Jason Smith – Bass
Joey Powell – Rhythm Guitar
Bobby Onspaugh – Drums
Josh Elam – Synth