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Chainsaw Rainbow


CHAINSAW RAINBOW to release new single “Blonde with dark roots” July 30.

CHAINSAW RAINBOW is the minimal, raw and primitive solo project of L.A.-based singer-songwriter / guitarist / producer / auteur DOMINIC MASSARO. 

Dark and meditative, “Blonde with dark roots”, is the opening song of his new album Pink Noise Overdrive.

Combining warped drones, pulsing noisy distorted guitars and colorful lyrics, CHAINSAW RAINBOW has released several albums in recent years, including “Fashion Show,” which, in 2018, was named one of the Top 10 California shoegaze albums of the year by “Shoegazer Alive Blog.”

In the tradition of bands like THE VELVET UNDERGROUND, JESUS AND MARY CHAIN and MY BLOODY VALENTINE, CHAINSAW RAINBOW continues that creative path where noise and pop song structures intersect, and adds a mix of psychedelia and overdriven guitar crunch.

Featured in MUSIC CONNECTION MAGAZINE, CHAINSAW RAINBOW has licensed songs through RED QUEEN MUSIC and toured the world, opening for BARBWIRE DOLLS, EFG, HOTT MT, WET & RECKLESS, TASHAKI MIYAKI, DERADOORIAN, and more.

CHAINSAW RAINBOW’s sensory scintillating music has been described as: “A thick pink cloud of ecstasy, perfume and candy. It’s fashion show music on acid.”

DOMINIC MASSARO was born in New York. As a young child he enjoyed playing records and experimenting with turntables –spinning them backwards, slowing them down and speeding them up. He always thought they sounded better that way. And to this day MASSARO incorporates some of those elements in his music.

After his family moved to Florida he left home at 15 and played with numerous bands throughout the sunshine state. After moving to Los Angeles he formed the ambient project GRAFFITI 61. Under that moniker he released six albums which garnered several placements on TV. The music has been featured in such diverse TV and media outlets as “MTV CRIBS,” “THE MENTALIST” and NASA.

In 2012 MASSARO assembled the stoner rock band MOTORDRONE and released a critically acclaimed self-titled album on Do-it Records. It was a short-lived partnership. In 2014 the resilient MASSARO followed his creative heart and started CHAINSAW RAINBOW, combining the psychedelia of GRAFFITI 61, with the overdriven guitar crunch of MOTORDRONE.

Among many career highlights, CHAINSAW RAINBOW has been featured several times in MUSIC CONNECTION MAGAZINE and has licensed songs through RED QUEEN MUSIC.

Having played in the best venues in California, performed a drone set with Deradoorian, and opened for Tashaki Miyaki at Non Plus Ultra, CHAINSAW RAINBOW extensively toured the U.S. and Europe, opening for BARBWIRE DOLLS, EFG, HOTT MT, WET & RECKLESS, TASHAKI MIYAKI, or DERADOORIAN, and played at the Deathwave festival in 2019, which featured the Gitane Demone Quartet.

In addition to his many talents on the audio landscape, Dominic MASSARO is an accomplished visual artist. His creations include all his singles and album’s artworks. 

Much of his work bears the organic influence of contemporary icons JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT and KEITH HARING.

Discover Dominic MASSARO’s universe in the documentary about his music and art:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Ycr-SfvTE0

Chainsaw Rainbow – Blonde With Dark Roots

Chainsaw Rainbow – Wired

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