The reunited Rain Parade, one of the leading lights of the Paisley Underground scene in early- and mid-’80s Los Angeles, this spring will release Last Rays of a Dying Sun, the band’s third studio album — and its first collection of new songs in nearly four decades.
The album, featuring new songs written by original band members Matt Piucci and Steven Roback, will be released on digital, CD, LP and cassette in May, the first title from new Colorado-based label Flatiron Recordings, co-founded by Bill Hein, who co-founded and ran Enigma Records with his brother in the 1980s.
Piucci and the late David Roback formed Rain Parade in 1981, with the two singer-guitarists drafting Roback’s brother, Steven Roback, and Will Glenn and Eddie Kalwa to fill out the band’s ranks. Rain Parade’s 1983 debut, Emergency Third Rail Power Trip, remains a high-water mark for Los Angeles’ Paisley Underground scene, which also counted The Bangles, The Dream Syndicate and The Three O’Clock as key members.
In 2012, Piucci and Steven Roback reunited as Rain Parade for a benefit concert and, in 2018, joined The Dream Syndicate, The Bangles and The Three O’Clock to record the 3×4 album, a celebration of the Paisley Underground that featured the four bands each covering one song by each of the other three bands.
Now, Rain Parade has recorded Last Rays of a Dying Sun, with Piucci and Roback joined by guitarist John Thoman, who’s been in the band since 1984, as well as drummer Stephan Junca and guitarist/keyboardist Derek See. The new record also features Debbi and Vicki Peterson from The Bangles on background vocals.
Rain Parade are currently in the midst of a U.K. tour supporting The Dream Syndicate, with the latter band enlisting Vicki Peterson to fill in for guitarist Jason Victor, who couldn’t make the trip.
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PREVIOUSLY ON SLICING UP EYEBALLS
- David Roback, co-founder of The Rain Parade, Opal and Mazzy Star, dead at 61
- The Rain Parade’s ‘Emergency Third Rail Power Trip’ to be reissued with follow-up EP
- Bangles, Three O’Clock, Dream Syndicate, Rain Parade team up for California shows
- Rain Parade reuniting for first time in 25 years to benefit The Windbreakers’ Bobby Sutliff
- Video: Rain Parade returns after 25 years for Bobby Sutliff benefit concert in Atlanta