Get to know Rainbow Kitten Surprise

Rainbow Kitten Surprise

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Rainbow Kitten Surprise

Jill O'Brien

Alternative band Rainbow Kitten Surprise is set to play a sold-out show at the M-Shop on Friday. While the band is relatively unknown to the greater alternative scene, it will embark on a 22-city tour this spring and summer, as well as appear at several music festivals across the country. Here are a couple tidbits to get this to know Rainbow Kitten Surprises a little bit better before the show.

They hail from the mountains

Rainbow Kitten Surprise formed in 2013 at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, when the two founding members Sam Melo and Darrick “Bozzy” Keller started writing songs in their freshman dorm room. Later, Ethan Goodpaster, Charlie Holt and Jess Haney joined the group on lead guitar, bass and drums, respectively, completing the group.

The band gained momentum at music festivals

While the band formed in 2013, it started to gain a larger fanbase when it played at CMJ Music Festival in New York City, a music festival dedicated to the discovery of new artists, in 2015. It played Savannah Stopover Music Festival in Savannah, Georgia, that same year.

The band already knows success on the charts

The band’s single “Devil Like Me” made it onto Spotify’s Viral 50 Chart, hitting No. 16 in the United States and  No. 6 in Canada. It also played 14 sold-out shows in a row at the end of 2016, spanning from Athens, Georgia to Boston, Massachusetts.

There’s a chance you’ll see the band at a festival this year

While the M-Shop is the second date on the band’s tour, five of the band’s 22 tour dates are festival appearances. It will appear at Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival in Okeechobee, Florida; Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama; Sasquatch! Festival in Quincy, Washington; Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee; and Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware.