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The Mars Volta break up: "Itried my hardest to keep itgoing "

Cedric Bixler-Zavala has announced that The Mars Volta have broken up.

In a series of Tweets this afternoon, the band’s enigmatic frontman has revealed that he is no longer a member of the prog-rock group, and indicated that a fall-out with longtime friend, and collaborator Omar Rodríguez-López is to blame. “For the record I tried my hardest to get a full scale North American tour going for Noctourniquet but Omar did not want to,” he wrote. “I guess a break from mars volta means starting another band and ignoring all the support the fans gave us. I tried my hardest guys.”

Cedric started influential post-hardcore band At The Drive-In in 1993 and invited Omar to join in the mid-’90s, before calling it quits less than a decade later. Formed in 2001 from the ashes of their former group, The Mars Volta became known for their freeform live shows and experimental approach. They released six full-length discs including De-Loused in the Comatorium, Frances The Mute, Amputechture and last year’s Noctourniquet, winning a Grammy in 2009 for “Best Hard Rock Performance”.


Following a tour in support of Noctourniquet, Rodriguez-Lopez decided to take some time off to concentrate solely on new project Bosnian Rainbows, which features Mars Volta drummer Deantoni Parks. In an interview at the time, he said he was unsure about a future reformation.

“I don’t know,” he said. “We’ve done that for 10 years, 11 years. Now we’re all doing different things, and everything that we’re doing informs how we express ourselves, and so if that happens then it happens and if it doesn’t it doesn’t. It’s not something to be worried about. It shouldn’t occupy a space in the mind. There’s way too many things that are much too important to occupy space in the mind.”

The Mars Volta have toured Australia numerous times. Their last visit was in 2011 for Splendour In The Grass. Here’s how we described their set: “Never much of a band for adhering to any rules of festival sets – play the hits, keep the new stuff to a minimum and don’t get too indulgent – Omar, Cedric and co used their mainstage set to show off tunes from their upcoming sixth album.”

Cedric Bixler-Zavala full Twitter statement:

Thank u 2 all VOLTA fans u deserved more especially after the way u rooted for us on this album. I tried my hardest to keep it going but Bosnian Rainbows was what we all got instead. I can’t sit here and pretend any more. I no longer am a member of Mars Volta. I honestly thank all of you for buying our records and coming to our shows. You guys were a blast to play in front of. We could never had done it with out you. My dream was to get us to the point were Jon Theodore and Ikey Owens came back but sadly it’s over. Thank u a million times over for ever giving a fuck about our band. For the record I tried my hardest to get a full scale North American tour going for Noctourniquet but Omar did not want to. I guess a break from mars volta means starting another band and ignoring all the support the fans gave us. I tried my hardest guys. All I can do is move forward with my music and just be happy that mars volta ever happened at all. God Damn we had a blast. Thank u again. And no I’m not joking about any of this, I owe it 2 u guys to all fans to be serious about this. Thank u to all past members who helped Volta along as well. we blasted through like a comet and left our mark! If u ever see me in person and want to know why I’ll tell u my story. Please just be happy that it happened at all remember all the opposition we were met with for just starting a new band back in 2001.(sic)

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MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 24th Jan, 2013

So, that's it for these guys.

From Cedric on Twitter:

Thank u 2 all VOLTA fans u deserved more especially after the way u rooted for us on this album. I tried my hardest to keep it going but Bosnian Rainbows was what we all got instead. I can't sit here and pretend any more. I no longer am a member of Mars Volta. I honestly thank all of you for buying our records and coming to our shows. You guys were a blast to play in front of. We could never had done it with out you. My dream was to get us to the point were Jon Theodore and Ikey Owens came back but sadly it's over. Thank u a million times over for ever giving a fuck about our band. For the record I tried my hardest to get a full scale North American tour going for Noctourniquet but Omar did not want to. I guess a break from mars volta means starting another band and ignoring all the support the fans gave us. I tried my hardest guys. All I can do is move forward with my music and just be happy that mars volta ever happened at all. God Damn we had a blast. Thank u again.

R.I.P., 2001-2013.

http://userserve-ak.last.fm/serve/500/3140427/The+Mars+Volta+Live.jpg

berlinchair101

berlinchair101 said on the 24th Jan, 2013

IN RELATED NEWS: AUSTRALIAN FESTIVAL PROMOTERS LOOK FOR A NEW GO-TO INTERNATIONAL LINE UP FILLER ACT!

Looks like he and Omar aren't getting on. No ATDI Aus tour then :(

Stugalug

Stugalug said on the 24th Jan, 2013

No wonder Omar had enough.

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 24th Jan, 2013

To be fair to Omar, he stayed interested in The Mars Volta far longer than most people.

Napoleon Solo

Napoleon Solo said on the 24th Jan, 2013

Best news I've heard all day

MelonHCST

MelonHCST said on the 24th Jan, 2013

in response to the news article, omar wasn't a founding member of at the drive-in.
also, this shows it was a bit of a miracle they got omar to join the reunion.

grattan

grattan said on the 24th Jan, 2013

So sad that we'll never hear another classic like this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BH11YFqMoB0

Dirk Chanley

Dirk Chanley said on the 24th Jan, 2013

very glad i got to witness them on 3 different occasions, first time at outside lands fest, i didn't even know any songs and it was one of the best and most memorable live performances i will ever see.

lineofbestfit

lineofbestfit said on the 24th Jan, 2013

they could do atdi without omar especially if ceddy's after more $$$$

deanoss

deanoss said on the 24th Jan, 2013

That's the most fuckdest piece I've news I've read since I read that At The Drive-In broke up.
Even though I knew they were well past their best, and I had seen them at their peak, a TMV show was always spectacular and jaw dropping.

Interesting to read Cedric's comments about Jon and Ikey too... confirms theories that Omar was really the a**ehole.

Guessing that probably hurts any chances of a full ATDI reunion... although based on Omar's lacklustre efforts on that tour, I'd be interested to see if they do it without him

Stugalug

Stugalug said on the 24th Jan, 2013



Oh they called it quits a few years ago. Jim's solo work is fairly brilliant.

Omar and Juan Alderete had a side project called Vato Negro that released an album called Bumpers, that I think is more interesting than most of the Mars Volta stuff. Check it out if your that way inclined.
http://vatonegro.bandcamp.com/

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 24th Jan, 2013

Actually, Sparta are working on a new album Bangy.

Stugalug

Stugalug said on the 24th Jan, 2013



Mate, you can't be telling me this type if news without telling me to sit down beforehand. I could hurt myself.

0o_o0

0o_o0 said on the 24th Jan, 2013

omar solo > gimmicky reunion shows

jim solo > gimmicky reunion shows

omar & jim have both been here twice in the last 12 months. so long as they both keep touring austraila in whaterver guise they are feeling at the time i will be happy.

i have never liked cedric's vocals so i don't really care what he is up to, they were bearable in atdi but put me right off most of the mars volta stuff.

Napoleon Solo

Napoleon Solo said on the 24th Jan, 2013

People need to grasp the meaning behind the word gimmick.

tyler07

tyler07 said on the 24th Jan, 2013

But I want an ATD-I tour :(

OrdinaryInfidel

OrdinaryInfidel said on the 24th Jan, 2013

I only really still listen to their older stuff but still a bit bummed about this news.

And then I hear that Sparta are recording and all is well.

Here's hoping we also get something from other TMV associated acts like Giraffe Tongue Orchestra and the Greg Puciato/Max Cavalera thing and maybe even One Day As A Lion ?

I also wouldn't mind a ATDI tour even without Omar, when I saw them he was kind of persona non grata anyways.

gumbuoy

gumbuoy said on the 24th Jan, 2013

Omar > Marlo Stanfield > Avon Barksdale, but Bubbles kicks all their asses.

tyler07

tyler07 said on the 25th Jan, 2013

I listened to Relationship of Command in full on the way home from work. Longest (in both length and time) erection I've had in some time.

mondo22

mondo22 said on the 26th Jan, 2013

Cant believe he actually wanted Jon and Ikey back! I always wondered how they could have gotten rid of those two in the first place.
Definitely their best drummer and keyboardist respectively.

lineofbestfit

lineofbestfit said on the 26th Jan, 2013

tony should go back to sparta, even though the second record was a major borefest . wiretap scars ftw

Death of Marat

Death of Marat said on the 26th Jan, 2013

First two Sparta albums are awesome. Went to shit after that.

lineofbestfit

lineofbestfit said on the 26th Jan, 2013

saw them with blink, both bands were terrible. I'd even go as far as to say gyroscope were the best band on that bill.

Stugalug

Stugalug said on the 26th Jan, 2013

You went to a blink show.....