Mars Volta Biography

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The Mars Volta is:
[Cedric Bixler Zavala] - Vocals
[Omar Alfredo Rodriguez-Lopez] - Guitar
[Jon Philip Theodore] - Drums
[Juan Alderete] - Bass
[Isaiah Ikey Owens] - Keyboards

It started in the summer of 2001. [Cedric Bixler's] and [Omar Rodriguez's] (both from At the Drive-In) fame had been playing in their dub band De Facto with [Ikey Owens] and [Jeremy Ward]. They had been playing for years, but after ATDI split up, De Facto teamed up with drummer [Jon Theodore] (Golden) and bassist [Eva Gardner] to start The Mars Volta.

They went on tour with The Anniversary in the fall of 2001. They got very mixed responses to the material. Some people expected another ATDI, some just wanted to see what the buzz was about, and a whole lot of people wondered who the freaks with the afros were and why The Anniversary weren't playing yet. With a less than apparent "sound", more often improvised than not and without clear cut beginnings and ends of songs, The Mars Volta was a disappointment to some, but won the hearts of many more.

Original lineup - April 2002
After the band toured Europe in spring of 2002, they teamed up with producer Alex Newport (who had produced ATDI's Vaya) and recorded what was to become the Tremulant EP. By early 2002, the buzz was going around that The Mars Volta was like a bomb ready to explode. After the successful European tour and a quick trip to Japan, Tremulant was released on Omar's label GSL, and most skeptics were quickly silenced. With the three song, 19 minute EP, The Mars Volta made a clear statement of what they were all about, and what was to come.

This Aint No Picnic - Oct 2002
Not much was heard from The Mars Volta for a while, but the fans were adding up. The band played at Goldenvoice's Coachella Valley Festival in May, which was to be the last show with the band for [Eva] and [Ikey]. There was never an official statement as to why the lineup changes were made. Before the summer was over, [Linda Good] had joined on keyboards and [Ralph Jasso], formerly of Universal Recovered, joined on bass.

The rest of the summer was spent writing new tracks, De Facto was seen jamming with The Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Fruiscante, Omar finished up a film project, and a short tour was scheduled for the fall of 2002, including Goldenvoice's This Ain't no Picnic Festival in Irvine.

After the short tour, [Ikey] was back and the band entered the studio with Rick Rubin (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Run DMC, System of a Down) for an LP, De-Loused in the Comatorium, due out June 24th, 2003. The album would have [Flea] on bass and would even feature John Frusciante playing guitar on Cicatriz. After finishing recording, the band supported the Red Hot Chili Peppers throughout the spring of 2003. [Jason Lader] played bass on the European part of the tour, but [Juan Alderete] took over after they landed in the US.

During a break from the Chili tour, tragedy struck the band as [Jeremy Ward], sound manipulator, was found dead in his apartment on May 25th, just under a month before the album release. He was a 27 years old.

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Mind blowing. | Reviewer: Anonymous | 2/7/10

A good friend of mine covered Asilos Magdelena with his band and I fell in love. Then came the days of listening to Amputechture and Deloused in Comatorium. Absolutely incredible. Start with Amputechture, but listen to the whole thing at once. Concept albums and this band is wickeddd

Mars Volta vs Comformaty | Reviewer: Orquidea | 10/12/08

These guys dont conform to society. They dont play to please the majoity of people. They Play to please their hearts and ears, and anyone who feels the same. So, yes the sound might throw people off because society is not use to this kinda music. Their lyrics, poetry deserves to be heard. Put together they are beautiful!!

You Couldnt even know!!!!!!!!!!!!! | Reviewer: Adriana | 9/22/08

the mars volta has been my favorite band since the started and before then it was ATDI, i would honestly do anything to meet them!!! haha to be honest i love cedric!!!! ive been trying so hard to find a way to meet them...i went to 2 concerts one about 2 years ago and one 9/18/08 at starland ballroom!! do me a favor mars volta fans....dont start mosh pits...they do honestly hate it..i love you volta..

I LOVE THE MARS VOLTA | Reviewer: I am OMAR | 1/24/08

They are so good. I saw them abck in 05 at the Electric Factory, amazing, then i saw them open for RHCP, and then finally i just saw them a week ago play at a club in Philly

The Mars Volta in You tube | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/18/08

I discovered this group in you tube!!! I was looking for musical videos util I clicked into one of their musical videos. I started hearing thir songs and I son began to download them. They are relly poetry... so full of meaning...they are art!

Televators i one of my favourites

music that flows within your veins. | Reviewer: DIELEE | 1/12/08


They definitely won me over with their unique, bizarre sound. Not everyone could appreicate music like TMV because everyone doesn't FEEL music. They're different.

My best highs consist of me driving down the highway, full blast JAMMING to TMV. THANKS FOR THE RUSH GUYS !

The best fucking band in the earth | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/5/08

I first ran into them when i was in my room and my older brother was listening to the song Tetragrammaton i thought it was 4 different songs but i just turned out to be a 16 minute kick ass song and i listen to every type of genre when comes to music but over all The Mars Volta puys it at the top. So after i heard tetragrammaton i looked up TMV and like that other guy said ive been hoked ever since!!!!! Mars volta viva mexico!

HOOHAW | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/15/07

The "Zeppelin" of our generation. This is the evolution of culture, in the shadow of the tyrannical State. LEWROCKWELL.COM free your mind and your ass will follow!

Actual Music | Reviewer: BuemBashi | 10/17/07

I first ran into The Mars Volta flipping through the channels on my t.v. and stopping at this strange visual explosion. It was all red and there were guitars and drums and lyrics...OH MY!!!
I thought to myself "This chick has a voice!" among other things.
I listened intently intrigued by the proposition to have to decipher a song in a time where I began to lose my faith in the human race for making such sheiss-filled music (Fall out boy? Dancing at the Disco? Where is the music???). The song ended and in the corner of the screen it read The Mars Volta - "The Widow"...Then I was like "WHAT THE HELL? I'm watching MTV?!?!"
I looked them up, tracked them down..soon found out that the chick with the fabulous voice was actually a really hot Scorpio dude. (Sorry for that Cedric)
I became addicted to TMV. Listening to De-Loused for the first time all the way through on a 10mg Vicodin. I had a spritual awakening literally everything started flooding in. from De-Loused I found myself initiated enough to move on to Frances and when the first peak of "Cygnus..Vismund Cygnus" hits me I feel my root chakra spiral out in a way that it shouldn't in public...heh heh heh. (screw off if you dont know what chakras are, your dumb)
Tremulant EP was a nice little pick me up to find and consume while waiting for Amputechture as was A Missing Chromosome.
Amputechture is some heavy baggage if you don't understand the occult much. If you do understand adds 10,000 different facets to the album.
Can't wait for A Bedlam in Goliath to come out...tracklisting seems like it will fulfil some kind of prophecy to Amputechtures' spiritual design.
Thats just my interpretation.
The Mars Voltas' music is seen in my eyes like the way Mr. Glass ,in the film Unbreakable, views comic books. You look at it with dumbed eyes and all you see is a cartoon but, with the right kind of eyes you see the mathematics of the universe.
(my moon's in opposition with my sun so i have a right to confuse the majority, court ajourned)

Pink Floyd of Our Generation | Reviewer: Leon AKA SLothMan5000 | 9/25/07

WIth a sound as unique as some of the best bands known to date and a talent unchallenged in today's musical scene, Mars Volta could easily be labeled as the Pink Floyd of this generation. This writer doesn't hesitate to regard the members of the band as musical geniouses, and their utter mastery of their instruments as nothing less than uncanny.
With influences from psychadelic rock, latin rythms, and with song structures that vary dramatically from song to song, the Mars Volta have created a sound that's never been heard before, and likely will never be heard again. Each album brings a new brilliance, with new displays of intricate timings, incredibly complex scales, bizarre musical effects adding an eerie twist to each song, and a chemistry which has been whitnessed in only the greatest of bands. Mars Volta have both inspired the writer as a fellow muscician and captivated me as a fan, follower and a seeker of new, talented bands.

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