Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Mt. Joy
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. During those initial days, frontman Sam Melo and guitarist/vocalist Darrick “Bozzy” Keller played open-mic nights at their campus coffee shop, and before one of those gigs, visited a dear friend who was being treated for bacterial meningitis. 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. Today, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, christened RKS by its loyal fanbase, consists of Sam Melo, Darrick “Bozzy” Keller, Ethan Goodpaster, Charlie Holt, and Jess Haney. Together, the five of them have cultivated critical and commercial success through stunning live performances and three genre-defying albums.