MEMBERS & INSTRUMENTS:
Anthony Dominguez (keyboards, backing vocals); Esteban Velazquez (bass, backing vocals); Hector Salcedo (saxophone); Jesus Perez Jr. (guitar, backing vocals); Miguel Rodriguez (drums); Pedro Garcia (vocals).
CITIES OF ORIGIN:
Pomona, Walnut, Montclair.
RIT! OMG! RIT! BRB! (2005).
Modified Mercalli, Saves The Day, Reggie and the Full Effect and MXPX.
Our Band of the Week column is usually reserved for up-and-coming acts, or established groups actively plugging away at local gigs. Rainbow in Technicolor is neither, as this melodic punk-based group is pretty much finito.
However, RIT will reunite for the 3rd annual Pomona and Friends Festival taking place this Saturday at PB&J (which also features previous Bands of the Week Gentle Matador and Phaxanation & the Dust Kickers). And if all goes well, this’ll be RIT’s first successful reunion show since disbanding in 2008. “We’ve tried on several occasions . . . all ending in failure,” says vocalist Pedro Garcia.
But credit RIT’s successes to its unique sound. While most rock acts are largely guitar-based, these tunes feature woodwinds and keys, too.
“I think our sound basically evolved from making the most out of the limited instruments—organ and bass—that we had at the time,” says Garcia. “Once people heard us and started digging our tunes, they would offer to play in our band.”
“Almost everyone that played an instrument during that time was in our band at one point,” adds bassist Esteban Velazquez, who co-founded the act with Garcia in 2004. “There was a period of time when we had a clarinet, an extra bassist and a dancer in the band.”
RIT’s instrumentation was one differentiation; the other was gigging with bands outside its genre. But the group still found ways to reach audiences . . . most of the time.
“I can’t even put a number on how many hardcore shows we played,” says Garcia. “The looks people would give us would be priceless. We won crowds over all the time though . . . That’s not to say that our sound was accepted everywhere—there were a few times people would pick fights with me just because of the band I was in. Who would have thought being in a band with songs about girls and dinosaurs was so dangerous?”
Fists will be exchanged for fun this weekend, as RIT’s ebullient about its reunion.
Garcia notes, “Even after the final song is played and we walk off stage forever, Rainbow in Technicolor will always be proof that just because you grow older, doesn’t mean you have to grow up.”
Rainbow in Technicolor at the 3rd annual Pomona and Friends Music and Arts Festival, PB&J Gallery & Studio, 266 S. Main St., Pomona, (909) 287-9617. Sat, Dec. 11. 3PM.