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Madison, WI. (1995 – 2006)

The indie rock band Rainer Maria was formed in 1995 in Madison, WI. They’re known for their poetic lyrics and resounding metaphors.

The trio consisted of Caithlin De Marrais (vocals/bass), Kyle Fischer (vocals/guitars) and William Kuehn (drums). The lineup didn’t change during their eleven-year career. The three recorded a 6 track demo tape, and then their first EP, Rainer Maria in 1996, followed by their first studio album Past Worn Searching in 97. Two years later, they released Look Now, Look Again, followed by A Better Version of Me in 2001. Their biggest album, Long Knives Drawn was released in 2003, containing their first mainstream single, Ears Ring. They released a live album/DVD in 04, Anyone In Love With You (Already Knows). Their new album, Catastrophe Keeps Us Together was released April 4, 2006, on Grunion Records.

The single for ‘Catastrophe Keeps Us Together’, ‘Catastrophe’ has received decent airplay, and the video (guest director Claire Carre) saw a nomination for an award on MTV. The album itself has received mixed ratings from critics and fans alike, claiming ‘Catastrophe’ to be a step in the wrong direction for r|m. Still some acclaim has been critical for the band, even scoring them a lightbox outside of the Tower Records in NY.

After playing three shows in December of 2006, one in Philadelphia, and two in New York City, the band officially parted ways.

As of August, 2008 Caithlin is putting the finishing touches on her first solo record, My Magic City. According to her myspace, fall tour dates are TBA.


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  • tenoclockshroud

    This is seriously some of the best music ever made

    29 Jul 5:29pm Reply
  • tenoclockshroud

    With other "emo" bands kicking off reunion tours (SDRE, Mineral, Promise Ring, American Football), Rainer Maria needs to be next. Boston please! [2] ----- Braid and Texas is the Reason both played DC in the past year too! (i missed both though :-( )

    29 Jul 5:29pm Reply
  • robotanalysis

    With other "emo" bands kicking off reunion tours (SDRE, Mineral, Promise Ring, American Football), Rainer Maria needs to be next. Boston please!

    15 May 3:16pm Reply
  • Nakkinak

    damn these guys are pretty nice

    18 Feb 6:31pm Reply
  • pointpleasant

    best emo vocals ever. going hard. "half past april" is 2 sick.

    25 Jan 12:08pm Reply
  • Wifebeaterrr

    Look Now Look Again is available on CD for 5$ and on vinyl for 7$ with free download on the polyvinyl records store website. don't miss it out. such a really, really underrated album and band i discovered just today and i fell in love with. Wish they didn't break up.

    17 Nov 2013 Reply
  • pointpleasant

    past worn searching is SICK

    6 Oct 2013 Reply
  • AnthemPartThree

    "Look Now Look Again" is so good

    14 Sep 2013 Reply
  • xpostmark

    I saw Rainer Marie open up for Sparta in 2004. Had no idea who they were. Didn't care for them. Even talked to Kyle after the show when buying a shirt for then girlfriend. Just wanted to see Sparta. Fast forward to 2007, fell in love with this band. I wish I could relive that night. Ugh.

    9 Sep 2013 Reply
  • L_E_D_Zep

    the midwest dual vocaled combo is a glorious one. but now, this band rests in pieces and its heart resides elsewhere.

    28 May 2013 Reply
  • ILikeYourSuit

    i'm certain if i drive into those trees it'll make less of a mess than you've made of me.

    10 May 2013 Reply
  • classhole

    I can't believe I slept on this band.

    15 Apr 2013 Reply
  • pondrafi

    reunion please.

    11 Dec 2012 Reply
  • IntoMegaTherion

    Fucking amazing.

    10 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Adthey

    A Better Version Of Me is truly perfect...

    10 Oct 2012 Reply
  • srmartin

    a better version of me.

    24 Sep 2012 Reply
  • Cashmach1ne

    это лучшее, что я слышал за последние пару месяцев

    18 Aug 2012 Reply
  • imfineicandrive

    Usually don't like female vocals but.. this.. is.. rad.

    22 Jul 2012 Reply
  • puismourir

    flawless band.

    16 Jun 2012 Reply
  • plagueship

    the best emo band, PERIOD !

    12 May 2012 Reply
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