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.
2000: 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.
2003: 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.
2004: 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:
2007: The Mars Volta were guests on The Henry Rollins show on IFC, performing a track from 2006's Amputechture.
2008: 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.
2012: 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.