This week, we saw the unfortunate break-up of The Mars Volta
. After guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez announced a hiatus late last year, singer Cedric Bixler-Zavala tweeted
Wednesday night that he is "no longer a member of Mars Volta." He goes on to thank his fans for "ever giving a fuck about" the band, while also revealing some animosity between himself and Rodriguez-Lopez over the guitarist's new project Bosnian Rainbows
Arguably this generation's greatest progressive rock band, The Mars Volta was formed from the ashes of punk band At the Drive-In by Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez. After releasing the instant classic "De-Loused in the Comatorium" in 2003, The Mars Volta would go on to release 6 full-length records, 2 live albums, and a couple of EPs. Their music was conceptual, energetic, psychedelic, technical, and LOUD. When The Mars Volta released Frances the Mute
in 2005, prog-rock really rocked
again. Let's all turn our speakers and headphones up as we take a quick look at musical life of the late, great Mars Volta.
At the Drive-In release what would be their final album, Relationship of Command.
Early the next year, the band would go on an indefinite hiatus. Bixler-Zavala and Rodriguez-Lopez would then form The Mars Volta.
The Mars Volta release their debut LP De-Loused in the Comatorium
. Flea plays bass on most of the tracks, including "Cicatriz ESP," which also features John Frusciante, who would go on to play guitar on 2006's Amputechture
, as well as occasionally perform live with the band.
Here's a pretty wild performance from the 2004 Big Day Out festival in Australia.
2005: Frances the Mute
was released, debuting at No. 4 on Billboard charts. It's biggest single was "The Widow,"
but I liked this one better:
The Mars Volta were guests on The Henry Rollins show on IFC, performing a track from 2006's Amputechture
The band's fourth studio album The Bedlam in Goliath
debuted at #3 on the Billboard charts. Here, The Mars Volta make their late-night TV debut on the Late Show with David Letterman, performing "Wax Simulacra," which won the band a Grammy in 2009 for best hard rock performance.
For their last LP Noctourniquet
, the band held a contest for fans to make their own video for the single "The Malkin Jewel." Here's one that we liked.
This one is just cool: