When you’re synonymous with avant-garde prog-punk, what’s the most experimental and controversial direction you can set your sites on? The mainstream.
The Mars Volta
Isaiah 'Ikey' Owens, keyboardist for Jack White's touring band and a longtime member of the Mars Volta, was found dead in a hotel room this morning as the band were on tour in Mexico.
Did you miss Antemasque — the new band of Omar Rodríguez-López and Cedric Bixler-Zavala of At the Drive-In and the Mars Volta — when they toured over the summer?
Although the name keeps changing, the main players remain the same: Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodríguez-López are back with Antemasque -- their third project together since At the Drive-In and the Mars Volta.
The newest band to spring forth from the everlasting well of At the Drive-In, Antemasque, has been releasing a song here and there throughout the past few months.
Get ready to rejoice, Mars Volta fans: Former bandmates Omar Rodriguez Lopez and Cedric Bixler-Zavala have announced a reunion of sorts.
Texas prog heavies the Mars Volta have broken up. News of their demise came last night (Jan. 23) via a series of tweets from singer Cedric Bixler-Zavala, who founded the group in 2001 with multi-instrumentalist and producer Omar Rodríguez-López, his former compatriot in post-hardcore faves At the Drive-In.
Form and structure are not something that the Mars Volta have placed a premium on with their songs and albums and that's to their credit. Rather, they craft stream-of-consciousness songs, which are free-jazz, neo-prog compositions that always keep fans guessing. Such is the case with the non-linear and incredibly quirky 'The Malkin Jewel,' the first single from their forthcoming sixth album, 'Noctourniquet,' due out March 26.