Rainbow Kitten Surprise is a band that is hard to ignore. For starters, there's the captivating name - a product of the band's earliest days. Whether it be a prophetic-like vision of what the band would ultimately become or the result of a drug-induced word association due to this friend's morphine drip, the name Rainbow Kitten Surprise was born in that hospital room. While the band's name, which arguably consists of the most pleasing combination of words in the English alphabet, may be the first thing that anyone notices about them, it's hardly the sole reason for their avid following. Together, the five of them have cultivated critical and commercial success through stunning live performances and three genre-defying albums. The band's latest, their Elektra debut " How to: Friend, Love, Freefall ," is a sonic exploration of classic folk, indie rock, hip-hop, and so much more through stunning bouts instrumentation and moving lyricism. The end result is that RKS has crafted something that truly feels like a celebration of music as a whole. The sentiment translates to the band's energetic and not-to-miss live show, having sold out over 45 of their first North American headlining shows. OTW: What's the most surprising thing fans may not know about you or your bandmates?
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That's just how they like it. Success has come fast, too. You know it just like — it got lit really quickly," Melo said. But before one open mic night, they realized they needed a name. They turned to a close friend who'd just been through a tough illness. It's almost like therapy for me," Hoyt said of what it's like to be on tour. I don't know that I'm ready to even to talk to the guys about this,' because it was just like a personal realization that I've been burying… and now I'm sitting with Charlie and he's got fishnets on and I'm like, 'man, that was wrong,'" Melo said. And I'll say that because… the only thing that 18, year-olds can think is 'Wow, I am the best thing to ever hit the stage. You're famous. It took us a lot of shows to teach us we were not.
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Rainbow Kitten Surprise, which got its name from the absurd phrase a friend kept repeating after surgery yes, he was saying "Rainbow Kitten Surprise" over and over again , has become the go-to act for summer festival stages across the country. From Tennessee's Bonnaroo to Florida's Okeechobee to Washington's Sasquatch, the genre-bending, passionate indie act known by acronym RKS has played at and returned to some of the biggest music festivals. Rainbow Kitten Surprise submitted the song that took off from its first album, "Devil Like Me," into the competition, and fans voted them into one of the top 24 slots. So, the band was called up to New York City in What an experience.