After an intense experience with his last project, the Mars Volta, guitarist and vocalist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez returned home to El Paso for some much-needed rest. Instead, he found three like-minded musicians who were ready for a new journey. Rodriguez-Lopez, Teri Gender Bender (also of Le Butcherettes), Deantoni Parks (the Mars Volta's former drummer) and Nicci Kasper created the alt-rock band Bosnian Rainbows. Regarding the band's influences and aesthetic, Rodriguez Lopez noted, "These are very much shorter, more to-the-point songs than The Mars Volta's. They still have spaces that stretch out, but what I mean to say is that it's all the same influences that have been in most of my writing and all the people in my bands' writing. Can is there, Siouxsie and the Banshees is there, Gang Of Four is there, all the Led Zeppelin, whatever... all those things are there, it's just different elements of those things. You make it shorter. It's stripped down, it's starker. The very melodic side of Can; the very textural side of Siouxsie. You take all those elements, and you take elements that maybe you weren't exploring as much before".