Rainbow Beast & The Rock Band Land Rockers Release New Album
Embracing the long, rich history of dark, mysterious, and playful subject matter à la The Brothers Grimm, Roald Dahl, Lemony Snicket, Neil Gaiman, and Tim Burton, San Francisco's beloved band Rainbow Beast celebrate's today's release of Tales from the Monstrosity Scrolls, a collaborative effort with the youthful Rock Band Land Rockers.
Imagine if Yo Gabba Gabba and Tim Burton started a DIY, punk rock theater with The Flaming Lips as the house band, and you'll get some sense of this album.
The members of Rainbow Beast -- Marcus Stoesz (vocals, guitar, keys), Brian Gorman (drums, backing vocals), and Jen Aldrich (bass) -- act as interpreters, mentors and curators for the youth of Rock Band Land, and all the music that the band records and performs was written with the Rock Band Land Rockers.
In 2009, after years of performing as touring musicians, Gorman and Stoesz created Rock Band Land, an ongoing, San Francisco-based creativity school where young rockers are encouraged to run with any and all ideas that inspire them. Anything can be explored in a song: fear, death, or alienation, as well as love, joy, and endless kindness. The young rockers are challenged to be original, be kind, and to resist the urge to sing about poop.
Lemony Snicket has joined Rock Band Land's cheering section, summing up his enthusiasm for Tales from the Monstrosity Scrolls: "If the Rolling Stones were in elementary school, if Tom Waits had a sleepover party, if Prince was a second grade teacher, they still couldn't make anything as awesome as this."
When not rocking out in Rock Band Land or with Rainbow Beast, Brian Gorman is one third of the critically acclaimed band Tartufi. Marcus Stoesz is songwriter and frontman for the wildly talented and influential band The Music Wrong. Jen Aldrich was longtime bassist for the band Excuses for Skipping before temporarily giving her transparent, 4-stringed thunder machine a short break while she raised two future rock stars.