Matt Piucci and Steven Roback have been writing songs together since 1981, and are co-founders, along with David Roback, of the highly acclaimed LA Paisley Underground band Rain Parade.
The great news is that Matt and Steven are back with an upcoming release — the first new Rain Parade studio album since 1985. Titled Last Rays Of A Dying Sun, the new album is expected in May 2023 — on brand new label Flatiron Recordings — and features all new songs by these formidable musicians and songwriters.
And furthermore, Matt and Steven will be joining their long time pals and cohorts The Dream Syndicate for a UK tour in March 2023 — for tour dates see below — playing old and new songs acoustically and electrically with a little help from their friends. Don’t miss it!
Rain Parade’s 1983 debut album, Emergency Third Rail Power Trip, released by Enigma Records in the US and Demon Records in the UK, is internationally recognized as a masterpiece.
As Chicago Sun Times’ Jim DeRogatis has said, “Emergency…is not just the best LP by any of the Paisley Underground bands, it is among the best psychedelic LPs of any era.”
The follow up EP, Explosions In The Glass Palace (Enigma US; Demon UK 1984) was recorded after David Roback left the band; it garnered the same high praise, and its reputation has been increasing ever since.
Sid Griffin, author and leader of The Long Ryders has said: “We were in the Paisley Underground with Rain Parade back in the 1980s… Explosions In The Glass Palace is and will forever be the BEST recording from a Paisley Underground band, be it us, The Dream Syndicate, The Bangles, The Three O’Clock or whomever.”
Matt Piucci and Steven Roback have since worked together on various projects, including several albums by Viva Saturn and the Hellenes; as well as 3×4 (Yep Roc 2018) with their friends The Bangles, The Dream Syndicate and The Three O’Clock.
Rain Parade’s forthcoming album Last Rays Of A Dying Sun will be the first release on US-based Flatiron Recordings, the new label co-founded by Enigma Records co-founder Bill Hein, San Francisco and Boulder radio vet Andy Zicklin, and veteran music industry lawyer turned entrepreneur Fred Goldring.
Numerous groups have cited Rain Parade as an influence, including My Bloody Valentine, Ride, The Stone Roses, Primal Scream, and The UK Charlatans, among many others.