The founding members Cedric and Omar disagree about the future of the band and Omar's new band Bosnian Rainbows. What could this mean for their original band At The Drive-In?
Posted on Jan 24, 2013 04:00 pm
The Mars Volta has officially split up, according to singer Cedric Bixler-Zavala.
Cedric quit the band because guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez has committed to the side project Bosnian Rainbows, which you can hear in the player below.
As Cedric and Omar are the central founding members of the Mars Volta, a breakdown in their relationship is effectively the end of the band. Now Cedric is preparing his own solo album, which apparently sounds nothing like his previous projects.
"I tried my hardest to keep [Mars Volta] going, but Bosnian Rainbows was what we all got instead," said Cedric in a long series of tweets. "I can't sit here and pretend any more. I no longer am a member of Mars Volta.
"My dream was to get us to the point were [original drummer and keyboardist] Jon Theodore and Ikey Owens came back but sadly it's over."
Cedric says Omar also blocked efforts to do a full-scale tour for their last album "Noctourniquet".
"And for the record I'm still in love with At The Drive-In. Proof was in MY performance," he said, taking a dig at Omar's reportedly lackluster performance when their legendary band At The Drive-Inreformed after a 10-year hiatus.
The last comment raises an interesting question: will At The Drive-In continue beyond their one-off reunion tour without Omar on second guitar?
Listen to "Torn Maps" by Omar's new band Bosnian Rainbows, which evolved from his long-running Omar Rodriguez Lopez Group project:
Bosnian Rainbows North American tour dates (via Antiquiet)
02/15, 2013 Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
02/16, 2013 Asheville, NC @ Asheville Music Hall
02/17, 2013 Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
02/18, 2013 Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
02/19, 2013 New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom
02/20, 2013 Alston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
02/22, 2013 Montreal, QC @ Cabaret du Mile-end
02/23, 2013 Toronto, ON @ The Mod Club (Early Show)
02/24, 2013 Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall
02/25, 2013 Cleveland Heights, OH @ Grog Shop
02/26, 2013 Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
02/27, 2013 Madison, WI @ Majestic Theater
02/28, 2013 TBA