Mars Volta: 'Every Problem Has A Solution No Matter How Big'

Omar Rodriguez-Lopez discussed his approach to music making, his unorthodox influences and John Frusciante.

Mars Volta: 'Every Problem Has A Solution No Matter How Big'
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Meeting Omar Rodrguez-Lpez, the Mars Volta's guitarist and co-leader, is like meeting and talking to a shaman. Intelligent, well-read and possessing a wealth of musical ideas and spiritual insights, one learns much from listening to his insights and musical musings. Last year his band released the fifth Volta album, Octahedron, and Rodrguez-Lpez himself has released a string of over a dozen releases under his own name as well. I recently met Rodrguez-Lpez in Melbourne, Australia during the band's stint on the Big Day Out music festival, and sat down with him for the following interview for Ultimate-Guitar to discuss his approach to music making, his unorthodox influences and John Frusciante. UG: You view the studio as a laboratory of sorts where you conduct musical experiments. With that in mind, do all the musical ideas that end up on a Mars Volta recording come from this studio environment or do they come from the onstage improvisations? Omar Rodrguez-Lpez: Nothing is ever taken from a jam and there is very little actual improvisation that happens on stage too. There has been a big misconception about the band regarding this matter. Quite literally onstage, what our fans perceive as an improvisation or jam is usually a rehearsal of new material. When you're playing these songs every night, you can get bored so I will usually give the band new material. I will say, we're going to take out this section and we're going to play this new part in there' which could be something I may have shown the band a week ago or even five minutes before we go onstage. Either way, it is a way of rehearsing and making good use of that time onstage. As far as the studio goes, I consider it as another instrument no different from say a pedal or a musician or an actual guitar. So if you're viewing the studio as an instrument then the answer to your question is yes, a lot of the ideas do come from the fact that you have such a vast instrument at your disposal to play with. You co-produced Mars Volta's 2003 debut album De-Loused in the Comatorium with Rick Rubin and then have produced yourself each successive Mars Volta album. What did you learn from Rubin that you now apply in your production approach? There are two main important things I learned from him. When we produced that album together, he made me realize that every problem has a solution no matter how big. I used to really freak out about things, but he was very much the Zen person, making me realize how simple the whole process is when you really break it down once you really let go of all these things that you get hung up on. And second to that, it would be that he showed me a lot of what I didn't want to do. He showed me a direction that I personally didn't want to be going in. So working with him, I saw exactly what I didn't want. And that is a big key to things really. Also Rick does not see the studio as an instrument, at all. He sees the studio as place where you basically go to finish something, like the last stage of something. So for Rick, he sees it as a place you go and you just do it and that's it. So it's a very methodical approach and very much so about going in there and recording this thing and then it is done.

"As far as the studio goes, I consider it as another instrument no different from say a pedal or a musician or an actual guitar."

Let's discuss gear, what's the set-up like for the studio? I use a couple of Supro amps and a Harmony combo amp which I've used on almost every single record, a couple of boutique amps whose names I can't remember right now unfortunately. Also a Vox AC-30, and a small Orange combo amp. Guitar wise, I mainly use my custom Ibanez. I do have a lot of guitars, but not so much because I am a guitar freak or collector, but more so because it's kind of like when a dog starves it will always eat more than it can. I'm left handed and growing up I never had a normal guitar, I'd always have to restring the guitar as it was always out of tune so when I started having money and if I ever saw a left handed guitar, I'd buy it. But once Ibanez came into the picture and started making me guitars, I no longer had to worry about it being in tune as I had an actual intonated left handed guitar. So how many guitars do you have in your collection? I have around 30 guitars everything like old Les Pauls, old Mustangs, old SGs, anything that I could find because left handed guitars are so rare to find. If you're right handed you're quite spoilt as you can go anywhere in the world, walk into any shop and buy a guitar but when you're left handed, you can only get what you find. You have a ton of effects in your rig, are you constantly seeking out new effects and sounds? Yes definitely, but the type of sounds that I want, are obviously constantly changing. At first, and for a long time, it was all about the most intrusive sound, the sound that sounded most unlike a guitar. While lately for me it is been the most subtle sounds. Things like changing the tone of the guitar simply by putting on different pedals, things that probably somebody in the audience wouldn't even care or realize. But for me, it's become very fun to hear the difference between say from one Flanger to another. Having so many varied effect pedals, do they inspire you with ideas directly as well? Sometimes, but a lot of the times it's the execution of the songs that are inspired by the pedals themselves. The songs themselves are a direct result of being a human being. Of living and experiencing life such as falling in and out of love, having a conversation, having a shit whatever, from the most the mundane things to the most highest things. It's all an influence and can generate a tone that becomes a song. Executing those songs then becomes the fun part of it, it becomes the playground it becomes the film and everything else. The pedals can steer the song into a different direction especially if you find a really cool tone for a certain section that you would never had imagined when you wrote the actual musical part of the section for the song initially. How does the studio set-up differ when it comes to the live environment? Live, I pretty much rely on the old faithfuls. Pedals like the Electro-Harmonix Memory Man, MXR Phaser, Moogerfooger Ring Modulator, those pedals that can resist all the touring. At home I become most interested in individual pedals especially boutique pedals, pedals that people are really putting in a lot of time and love into. And again things that most people probably won't even realize. But it is beside the point as its all about what you're doing and the sort of bubble you're living in when you're creating. Your biggest hero in regards to guitar playing is actually a Puerto Rican cuatro player, Yomo Toro Yes, it is because my culture is second only to my family tree, my immediate environment is my biggest influence. So being Puerto Rican I come from a very musical culture that is centered around son montuno styles like that, which are better known as salsa music. It sings about the culture and the culture sings about the music. So growing up, that was what surrounded me, and so those are my heroes. So people like Hctor Lavoe became the food of the imagination for me. These were people who are constantly shaping my musical identity even if I don't realize it. My true great influence was the piano player Charlie Palmieri and Larry HarlowI always wanted to be a piano player really but stayed with guitar because the big thing about Yomo Toro was that he was left handed.

"Rick Rubin showed me a direction that I personally didn't want to be going in."

Former Red Hot Chili Pepper guitar player John Frusciante has been consistent with contributing guitar on the Mars Volta albums. How important has John been to your musical vision and guitar playing approach? John is responsible for raising the bar as the musician that I want and in executing my music. He made me realize there are musicians like him, those who are a complete all rounded musician. John is very versed in the technical aspect, he knows all the intervals, and knows what you're playing and why, but he is not limited to that only. He also has the emotional aspect. I'm a musician who is stuck in the emotional realm. A lot of musicians are stuck in the intellectual realm and some are stuck in the sexual realm, and then there are the musicians that are a complete body and not only of the head or a heart. John is that complete body. He understands the whole aspect of music. And so what this does for me is it liberates me, as I can come at him from whatever angle that occurs to me within my limited emotional state, where I can show him something and because of his level of intuition and professionalism, he can do it within minutes. And I'm very impatient when it comes to this sort of thing so I need this type of musician. I have to say that more important to all of this is, is our personal connection we have and our close friendship which started from a shared love of the cinema of Luis Buuel and Werner Herzog, you know things that other people don't usually like. So the most important thing is that he understands me as a human being. Aside from Mars Volta do you find you have an urge to be prolific and keep performing music in your various other projects? It is something that happens with or without my own desire. It is in the same way as I compare it to the inner dialog of the mind. We really have no control over it. We wake up and our mind is thinking and it's constantly going on without us. The Buddhists make a point of their life of quieting this inner dialog, they work their whole life in order to achieve this moment. So when it comes to producing material and recording songs, I always say there is nothing special about it, it's as simple as putting a bucket underneath a leaking faucet if you know what I mean. Finally, what has the rest of 2010 in store for Mars Volta? This current tour will be the last for this part of the year, until the end of the year at least, when I'll start the band up again. But for now, I'm going to give everybody some time off and will probably record some new things. Interview by Joe Matera Ultimate-Guitar.Com 2010

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    TDKshorty
    First. Man, Omar is so awesome and it's great to hear about his relationship with John
    Force Reaver
    psycha3d3lics wrote: Force Reaver wrote: Mars Volta suck. If noise and noodling on wah pedals for over an hour is your thing then so be it. Just be careful if you piss Cedric off to much he will eat a microphone on stage "trust me I have seen him do it." Thats alright, you can go listen to your garbage mainstream, while the rest of us will enthrall our selves with insight. We wont miss you.
    I love how this is the argument for every fanboy out there. "Go listen to your mainstream; we will be enlightened by the fumes that come off of the hot steamy turd that is known as the mars volta." I hear this over and over so many times I start to believe some people after a while and I wonder why they never have anything new to say. Then I go listen to Fran. The mute and I realize what garbage they are. I have tried so many times to like this band and see what all the buzz is about but I cant get into it. Anyone that wastes so much time on a 13 min. intro and spends half of an album noodling over noises that are supposed to be solos but are really just feedback and wah is garbage. This is not music but in fact the opposite its anti-music. The mars volta dont belong on a stage the belong in a art museum so that stoners and fancy pants art critics can gather around and smell their own farts and talk about what they think Cedrics lyrics mean. I saw their latest album in a store today and I noticed that it was covered in stickers saying "Featuring RHCP guitarist John Frusciante." the stickers were so many and so big that it practically covered the album artwork and name. At first I thought my eyes deceived me and that John had come out with a new solo album but low and behold I was wrong. If you cover up most of your album with stickers saying "Look at this famous guy we got to play on our record," and you need to trick people into buying your crap that is just sad.
    TylerAOH&A7X
    TheSilverBeatle wrote: And I agree the last few albums have gone way downhill, but not because they've become tighter as a live band (you'd have to deny all logic to come to that conclusion) but because they've stopped trying to write songs...De-Loused was a great collection of songs and Frances The Mute was a great balance between great songs and crazy musical experimentation...the other albums have been crazy musical experimentation with the odd memorable part or melody.
    i think you mean, they go "downhill" to you and you alone in that aspect, because a band does what they do for their own reasons, they dont do what they do specifically for you and people like you, please try to choose the words you use, such as "downhill" and "memorable" because those appeal to you and you think everyone else should agree with you, but honestly, let the band do what they want and just say you dont like it, dont impose other people to think the same way you do, its just not fair just sayin haha, you were talking about logic, use it yourself
    TylerAOH&A7X
    but i do agree with you about Frances the Mute, a TRUE masterpiece by a uniquely inspired masterpiece of a band
    fattyDQ
    Sounds like a pseudo-intellectual douchebag, but he still kicks ass at guitar
    llama_guitarist
    TheSilverBeatle wrote: Not going to lie, the first part kinda lowered my respect for the band...I love a band that can jam, but apparantely they can't? Why don't they improvise on stage? Kind of lying to the fans isn't it...playing rehearsed material and kind of passing it off as a jam? And I agree the last few albums have gone way downhill, but not because they've become tighter as a live band (you'd have to deny all logic to come to that conclusion) but because they've stopped trying to write songs...De-Loused was a great collection of songs and Frances The Mute was a great balance between great songs and crazy musical experimentation...the other albums have been crazy musical experimentation with the odd memorable part or melody. And for those who call them "self-indulgent" I'm assuming either your ignorant of what the word means or you think musicians should write music based on what people like (see mainstream pop). Is music not self-indulgent? The definition of self-indulgent comes up as "tending to indulge one's own desires" ...uh unless I'm mistaken that's what music is about. Expressing yourself and your desires.
    How are they supposed to play it to make it sound improvised? I mean no disrespect here, I'm just curious. Should they announce that what they just played was indeed rehearsed right afterwards or something? It's not their fault that fans assume they improvise more than they do just because they present different material live. If anything, these jams keep things interesting and different than in the studio, which is kind of the point of seeing them live. Also, good job on talking about what self-indulgence is. That's exactly what music should be about. Not self-indulgence in MONEY. It's the interviewee's job to talk about themselves and what they do. That's the point of an interview...
    TheSilverBeatle
    How are they supposed to play it to make it sound improvised? I mean no disrespect here, I'm just curious. Should they announce that what they just played was indeed rehearsed right afterwards or something? It's not their fault that fans assume they improvise more than they do just because they present different material live. If anything, these jams keep things interesting and different than in the studio, which is kind of the point of seeing them live.
    Well that's the point...their not even jams...the way he said it every part of the performance is rehearsed...I just meant that to me it takes away a little bit of the magic from the band I think we can agree it's harder to improvise or jam something amazing on the spot rather than play something rehearsed.
    i think you mean, they go "downhill" to you and you alone in that aspect, because a band does what they do for their own reasons, they dont do what they do specifically for you and people like you, please try to choose the words you use, such as "downhill" and "memorable" because those appeal to you and you think everyone else should agree with you, but honestly, let the band do what they want and just say you dont like it, dont impose other people to think the same way you do, its just not fair just sayin haha, you were talking about logic, use it yourself
    Huh? I think the words I used are fine for expressing an opinion, I think the word memorable is used in many reviews and opinions on all types of art and I even said "i agree with you that the last few albums have gone downhill" ...agreeing with previous posts, I know I'm not the only one who thinks the quality of the albums have gone down since De-Loused and Frances The Mute (some people think that even Frances The Mute sucked). Kinda seems like you read my post over and over thinking of something to criticize for the sake or criticizing. I never asked anyone to agree with my opinion.
    Nick-182
    llama_guitarist wrote: Oh man, Omar is my hero. The sheer musical output of this guy is outstanding and he definitely has a different approach to guitar and music. Good interview P.S. El Grupo Nuevo? Anyone? Zach Hill is a ridiculously talented individual and this is a record to check out (Cryptomnesia)
    el grupo nuevo, hell yeah. i only recently listened to the last album PROPERLY, its so ****ing good.
    TylerAOH&A7X
    TheSilverBeatle wrote: i think you mean, they go "downhill" to you and you alone in that aspect, because a band does what they do for their own reasons, they dont do what they do specifically for you and people like you, please try to choose the words you use, such as "downhill" and "memorable" because those appeal to you and you think everyone else should agree with you, but honestly, let the band do what they want and just say you dont like it, dont impose other people to think the same way you do, its just not fair just sayin haha, you were talking about logic, use it yourself Huh? I think the words I used are fine for expressing an opinion, I think the word memorable is used in many reviews and opinions on all types of art and I even said "i agree with you that the last few albums have gone downhill" ...agreeing with previous posts, I know I'm not the only one who thinks the quality of the albums have gone down since De-Loused and Frances The Mute (some people think that even Frances The Mute sucked). Kinda seems like you read my post over and over thinking of something to criticize for the sake or criticizing. I never asked anyone to agree with my opinion.
    but THEN you proceeded to talk about self-indulgence, about how bands shouldnt write music for the fans, im just saying you contradicted yourself in the sense that you even agreed with the fact that they have gone downhill, now if you wouldnt have criticized them for what their sound "should" be then i have no problem with what you said, you just basically criticized them, then criticized their sound, and then criticized the people that criticize them in any other aspect
    Force Reaver
    Mars Volta suck. If noise and noodling on wah pedals for over an hour is your thing then so be it. Just be careful if you piss Cedric off to much he will eat a microphone on stage "trust me I have seen him do it."
    mtsrecord3
    TheSilverBeatle wrote: Not going to lie, the first part kinda lowered my respect for the band...I love a band that can jam, but apparantely they can't? Why don't they improvise on stage? Kind of lying to the fans isn't it...playing rehearsed material and kind of passing it off as a jam? They don't call the "improvisation" a jam, rather, the jam you hear on stage is actually a rehearsal of new material. and chill out, this isn't Oprah fellas!
    mtsrecord3
    TheSilverBeatle wrote: "Not going to lie, the first part kinda lowered my respect for the band...I love a band that can jam, but apparantely they can't? Why don't they improvise on stage? Kind of lying to the fans isn't it...playing rehearsed material and kind of passing it off as a jam?" They don't call the "improvisation" a jam, rather, the jam you hear on stage is actually a rehearsal of new material. and don't have a hissy fit over someone "kinda passing it off as a jam", chill out, this isn't Oprah fellas!
    mikko 9119
    Gakusey wrote: There were some ATDI reunion rumors circulating around the net about a year ago, I wonder if they've made some progress ever since... I so want ATDI back!!!!!
    i thought the same thing forevvvvver. then i started actually listening to the mars volta. to me there seems to be so much more of a vibe i've always wanted from ATDI. a reunion would be cool, but i'm perfectly fine with TMV right now. go omar.
    psycha3d3lics
    Force Reaver wrote: Mars Volta suck. If noise and noodling on wah pedals for over an hour is your thing then so be it. Just be careful if you piss Cedric off to much he will eat a microphone on stage "trust me I have seen him do it."
    Thats alright, you can go listen to your garbage mainstream, while the rest of us will enthrall our selves with insight. We wont miss you.
    Force Reaver
    and btw I wasnt joking, I saw them live and witnessed the lead singer getting boo'ed something horrible. He got so pist he broke a microphone and started chewing on the wires and inside pieces and then walked off.
    TheSilverBeatle
    Not going to lie, the first part kinda lowered my respect for the band...I love a band that can jam, but apparantely they can't? Why don't they improvise on stage? Kind of lying to the fans isn't it...playing rehearsed material and kind of passing it off as a jam? And I agree the last few albums have gone way downhill, but not because they've become tighter as a live band (you'd have to deny all logic to come to that conclusion) but because they've stopped trying to write songs...De-Loused was a great collection of songs and Frances The Mute was a great balance between great songs and crazy musical experimentation...the other albums have been crazy musical experimentation with the odd memorable part or melody. And for those who call them "self-indulgent" I'm assuming either your ignorant of what the word means or you think musicians should write music based on what people like (see mainstream pop). Is music not self-indulgent? The definition of self-indulgent comes up as "tending to indulge one's own desires" ...uh unless I'm mistaken that's what music is about. Expressing yourself and your desires.
    Viciousgray
    Hmm well loved Frances the Mute and haven't listened to enough of their other stuff to have proper judgement. However I DID see them live and thought they were actually pretty terrible. They did a 30 minute version of 'cygnus... vismund cygnus" (or whatever the first song off FTM is) and though I love that song I was really disappointed. Every time it would move to a new part of the song they'd derail and 'jam' (or apparently play new material), and for what? So the band members don't get bored? Say what you want but everything about that band at that concert said they were self-indulgent, and even if it was new material it sounded like a 'jam', ie not well composed or terribly well played, either.
    Viciousgray
    Hmm well he hates 'slam dancing',er, moshing, even though they play energetic music. They get bored playing their own material live... and they get booed because what they play instead is terrible.
    Viciousgray
    Also, what exactly are you 'rehearsing' for if you're on-stage? People don't pay to see a ****ing practice session.
    AdriAn934
    Good job for keeping the arguments going, you guys entertain me I thought it was a good interview, Omar seems very smart, almost intimidating to talk to. But he doesn't seem judgmental. I have never had the privilege to see them live but I would love to. I almost did on RHCP's opening act but missed it and caught them as they were cleaning the stage As far as the last album, I thought it was very good compared to BiGoliath. BIG was probably my least favorite album. Octo is in my top 3 with FTM and DLITC
    Mr Pringle
    Hmmm, i'd defend the mars volta but i really don't have to defend them for anyone who says "THey suk! they make noise!" I refuse to bother with you. The mars volta will remain my favourite band for the years to come and Omar is a genius reguardless of what anyone thinks.
    kill it
    best band on the planet and light years ahead of most of the crap out there. please come to canada and bring john with you on tour.
    fxt_fella
    TheSilverBeatle wrote: How are they supposed to play it to make it sound improvised? I mean no disrespect here, I'm just curious. Should they announce that what they just played was indeed rehearsed right afterwards or something? It's not their fault that fans assume they improvise more than they do just because they present different material live. If anything, these jams keep things interesting and different than in the studio, which is kind of the point of seeing them live. Well that's the point...their not even jams...the way he said it every part of the performance is rehearsed...I just meant that to me it takes away a little bit of the magic from the band I think we can agree it's harder to improvise or jam something amazing on the spot rather than play something rehearsed
    Just because those 'improvisations' aren't jams doesn't mean they can't improvise and jam. Watch Thomas Pridgen live when he played for TMV - so much of his stuff was improvised. It is impossible to completely rehearse something like what TMV do. There is just too much room for movement to do that.
    scottmcm
    i dig the mars volta! theyre amazing and unique and BEAST! i have a friend who was supposed to burn me all there cds but she never gave em to me maybe ill remind her tomarrow
    DavidBenyamin
    psycha3d3lics wrote: Force Reaver wrote: Mars Volta suck. If noise and noodling on wah pedals for over an hour is your thing then so be it. Just be careful if you piss Cedric off to much he will eat a microphone on stage "trust me I have seen him do it." Thats alright, you can go listen to your garbage mainstream, while the rest of us will enthrall our selves with insight. We wont miss you.
    How is the view from your ivory tower sir? God I am annyed by posers like you, talking about the commercial, evil, garbage mainstream all the time. Your just a poser, trying to like bands just because their NOT mainstream, that makes you just as worse as those who listen to anything that hits the radio. The Mars volta is a classic example of experimentation went wrong, they are not writing music/songs anymore they turned into scientists. Might be interesting for theory junkies, but it has nothing to do with real music anymore. Just reading the interview, talking about the studio as a labrotory come on, Rick Rubin was RIGHT! The mars volta produces their songs way to crowdy, the studio labrotory thing is working against them.
    TylerAOH&A7X
    Mars Volta's music are simply not for the weak-minded, it is merely reserved for those with higher-understanding, and still it proceeds to bypass the chains of all human knowledge and understanding so, love em (like i DO) or hate em...but at least they do what they do, and continue to do what they do...its not like you can expect harsh "anti-music" opinions to stop them dead in their tracks and start making what we all naturally itch for: 'another band with a somewhat -familiar- sound yet different elements'...its like we humans are afraid of an absolute intrusion of something in which we do not understand, but isnt that the key?? why do we have to have it all figured out!! what happened to questions?? curiosity?? intrigue in the unknown?? or did everyone just become "mature adults" that can never have a vivid imagination anymore?? MUSIC (according to Tchaikovsky) is "structured noise" think about that long and hard before we all jump to conclusions
    TylerAOH&A7X
    Viciousgray wrote: Hmm well he hates 'slam dancing',er, moshing, even though they play energetic music. They get bored playing their own material live... and they get booed because what they play instead is terrible.
    i have a theory why people shouldnt mosh, BECAUSE ITS A DANCE THAT DETRACTS FROM THE PERFORMANCE ITSELF AND IS ALL ABOUT PHYSICAL CONTACT!! i know that if i were playing a show, i would want people to pay attention to the intricacy of the music itself and not to banging each other around...those people are true fans, those who stand there looking like 'pussies' cuz they wont MOSH BROOOOTALLY and dont care cuz they are so fascinated by the band itself i also have a theory on why they would get bored of playing their music live, because maybe they write music in which they wanna always be adding something new and making something different, as true musicians would, as opposed to playing the same damn thing every single night!! i know that wouldnt be my thing oh and also i have a theory about you....you probably know NOTHING about the field of music itself, Frances the Mute is probablyy your favorite album because it has the most hits and hooks, and you judge and judge and judge this band for what they do live, and honestly....FUCKING TRY, JUST TRY to pull off what they do, and do it LIVE, for years on end, every night on a tour...just do it!! then come back here and be a smart-ass like you are
    Santeria420
    That was a decent interview, but too much about equipment for my taste, and far too short. It feels like a million more pertinent questions could have been asked, but hey, its an interview with Omar! Thanks UG! And just to put my 2 cents into this self-indulgence argument, yes, The Mars Volta are very self-indulgent. No, it doesn't make them musical geniuses. Music is about more than the maker, and if you're more focused on pleasing yourself than others you may as well be jacking off. But it doesn't make them completely suck either, just imbalanced. I think their last three albums would have been a lot better without all the ego, but that doesn't mean I can't enjoy them anyway. JUST MY TWO CENTS
    Rimfrost
    FUCKING TRY, JUST TRY to pull off what they do, and do it LIVE, for years on end, every night on a tour...
    Just because its hard to do, doesnt make it good... Not that i have anything against Mars Volta, i think theyre pretty cool so far, ive only heard one album, and im defineately buying some more. Just thought the argument seemed silly
    TheSilverBeatle
    I can agree however...that an At The Drive-In reunion would be awesome...but that would only be as a result of members desiring to come back together...therefore by the logic of most of you, would be Self-indulgent.
    Gakusey
    There were some ATDI reunion rumors circulating around the net about a year ago, I wonder if they've made some progress ever since... I so want ATDI back!!!!!
    huevos
    Great interview. I always thought Omar was Mexican, but I guess it might just be Cedric and Paul. Why do some many people care about the image of the artist? It's so trivial. I could really give a damn if they grind up aborted fetuses, toss them in some milk, throw in a few slices of bananas, stawberries, and maybe a pineapple. Sounds tasty. Anyways, if they keep making music for my enjoyment, that is all that matters. Octahedron wasn't their best, but it was still a good album.
    KileManA7X
    I thought their recent album wasn't that good but I loved all their other releases. I did a project about Omar in Spanish class when I was in 8th grade. I got an A plus!
    BrixDK
    I don't like everything he does, but he has a very interesting aproach to guitar playing and music in general. Btw great interview.. could've been longer though
    liquidsilver
    Omar is the man! I love deloused and frances! amazing albums! I really want to check them out live!
    R@fa88offspring
    I'm sorry but he's a douchebag, he's as self-important as the last few mars volta records have become... I agree with what he says about John though
    llama_guitarist
    Oh man, Omar is my hero. The sheer musical output of this guy is outstanding and he definitely has a different approach to guitar and music. Good interview P.S. El Grupo Nuevo? Anyone? Zach Hill is a ridiculously talented individual and this is a record to check out (Cryptomnesia)
    kaptink
    over the last week I've been listening to ATDI constantly so this was a nice addition.
    llama_guitarist
    R@fa88offspring wrote: I'm sorry but he's a douchebag, he's as self-important as the last few mars volta records have become... I agree with what he says about John though
    EVERY TMV record has been written solely by him. So I don't know exactly what you mean here... and also, no pointless bashing, it'll get you in trouble haha.
    '93
    mars volta is mainly him i need to get a cd of theirs
    shwilly
    The only problem I have with this band is that the tighter they get live (face it, whether it was his in-ear monitor or whatever Cedric sounded either great or horrible at their gigs, th there definetly is some improvement), the less the quality of their albums I mean, it's not like Octahedron or Amputechture were bad records, but when De-Loused first came out it felt like a bomb had just exploded within the music scene > I thought "MAN these guys are good", and based on that I figured they'd kind of be ruling the world by now And yeah, I liked Thomas, but Jon was my hero and even tho it was sad when he left you just knew it wasn't gonna be the end of this band. It may sound corny but I believe in them