Entries tagged with: The Mars Volta
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
Antemasque w/ Travis Barker at The Observatory (photo via FM 94/9)
Travis Barker recently joined Antemasque, the current project of Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez of The Mars Volta and At the Drive In, for the first shows of their current tour (which will soon take them to Fun Fun Fun Fest). The shows, two nights at the Santa Ana Observatory, were the beginning of a more permanent arrangement, as the band announced back in September that he would be playing drums on their upcoming LP. There's footage below of one of the nights, which is about as crazy as you might imagine. (Cedric does manage to keep it together though.) OC Weekly caught the show and here's how they put it:
Barker brought a tight, workmanlike foundation to Antemasque's stage act, along with a huge increase in the average number of tattoos per band member. After opening with "Hanging in the Lurch" from Antemasque's self-titled first album (which ended with Bixler searching for a shoe that slipped off while he flailed around the stage), the frontman introduced the latest addition to their rhythm section. "We just made an album with this cat," Bixler said, before announcing that most of the evening's songs would be new, as-yet-unperformed tracks from that record, tentatively titled "Saddle on the Atom Bomb."As weird as this marriage might seem, Travis's drumming was always pretty complex for pop punk, and if Antemasque can get Flea in the studio for the new album like they did for the last one, then the new album will be a true supergroup situation.
In other news, Travis' new memoir, Can I Say: Living Large, Cheating Death, and Drums, Drums, Drums, is out now. Noisey recently interviewed him about it, and it reportedly discusses guns, drug addition, the plane crash that almost killed him, and lots and lots of sex. They also deem it to possibly be "the only book in history to have ties to King Diamond, Paul Wall, and Chain of Strength." You can pick it up here.
photo: Brooks Wackerman w/ Bad Religion in Chicago (more by James Richards IV)
Speaking of SoCal punk drummers, Brooks Wackerman of Bad Religion (who played Travis Barker's festival this year) has left the band after being a member for 15 years. The news comes about a year after longtime guitarist Greg Hetson left too. Brooks' playing (along with Brett Gurewitz rejoining, of course) was no small part of what helped 2002's The Process of Belief breathe new life into the band's 2000s era, the same era we recently caught them celebrating in Brooklyn. Brooks wrote:
Dear boys and girls,Brooks' new job is a little less exciting though. You can now catch him behind the kit for, uh, hard rock howlers Avenged Sevenfold.
After 15 years, 6 records and countless tours- I've decided to move on from Bad Religion.
This wasn't an easy decision to make after spending a good chunk of my life in such an iconic band, but after reassessing my future in music it was time for me to pursue another path.
As I'm writing this, my mind is flashing back to my audition with these guys in 2000. I'll never forget how exhilarating it was to pay "Stranger than Fiction" (my first song) with them and how well is all jelled, as I was doing my best to camouflage my nerves while walking into Cole Studios in Los Angeles, CA.
To have this education and growth has been invaluable to me, and I'm forever grateful to this band for allowing me to be a part of a movement that I can honestly look back on our time together and say, "I'm proud of what we accomplished."
Check out that Antemasque video, some more pictures, and tour dates below...
Cedric tossing an amp case (via Instagram)
Antemasque, the current band of Mars Volta/At the Drive-In members Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodríguez-Lopez, were playing Westfest in New Zealand earlier this week when an angered Cedric had a bit of a freakout on stage. Stuff.co.nz reports:
[Cedric] hocked fans with his erratic behaviour: throwing stage equipment around, allegedly spitting at a camera, and tossing hot water into the crowd.The article also points out that a commenter on the Westfest Facebook page suggested Cedric was supposedly told "to fuck off" when he asked for water. The injured fan also seemed to still be in pretty good spirits about the show: "The behaviour was erratic and even thought it was antagonistic it was a hell of a show. For 80 per cent of the performance they definitely had their act together." You can see a photo of the fan's allegedly burned arm and watch a short clip of Cedric throwing the kettle of water, via The New Zealand Herald, below.
The fan, who asked not to be identified because he didn't want to be known as a whining metal-head for all his life, says he was in the front row when the hot water "whizzed" past.
"My face and right arm were splashed, it looked like coffee. Since I was sweating I got away without having any serious burns.
"Whenever the vocalist picked up an item you never knew if it was going to land on you, it was quite on edge. He actually threw his microphone at the crowd at the end but since it was on a cord it landed just off the stage."
The festival representatives have yet to comment.
photos by James Richards IV
Antemasque / Le Butcherettes
If all you know of Omar is the talented but quiet guy off to the side on all those ATDI reunion shows, that dude has been replaced by a beast wearing a guitar. Something about these news songs has lit a fire under him, and watching him shred was a sight to see. His work on "Dominoes Fall" was incredible, with its big Guitar Hero worthy solo being the standout moment of the show.Following the end of the At the Drive-In reunion and the breakup of The Mars Volta, Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodríguez-López have joined forces for yet another band, Antemasque. That band put out their debut album this year and recently wrapped up a tour with Omar's pals Le Butcherettes in support of it. The tour hit NYC for three shows and also hit other cities including Houston (where the above review is from) and Chicago, where the pictures in this post are from.
Cedric held up his end of the bargain, sounding pretty solid for a guy who spent the better part of his younger years screaming his lungs out. He still knows how to command an audience, still has those funky dance moves and still knows when to stop and let the crowd sing their hearts out. [Houston Press]
More of those pictures below...
Isaiah "Ikey" Owens w/ Jack White's band at GovBall 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Isaiah "Ikey" Owens, a member Jack White's band who was also in The Mars Volta (2001-2009), the Long Beach Dub All Stars, led his own band Free Moral Agents and contributed to records by Reel Big Fish, Sublime, Mastodon, Saul Williams, El-P, Crystal Antlers and more, passed away in Mexico while on tour with Jack White. Jack's label Third Man Records posted the following:
It is with great sadness that we tell the world of the passing of the incredible musician Isaiah "Ikey" Owens. He will be missed and loved forever by his family, friends, bandmates and fans.Rest in peace, Isaiah. Watch a live video of Jack White's band below...
Ikey Owens was an astounding keyboard player in Jack White's backing band. He also played with Mars Volta, Free Moral Agents, and many other projects.
Out of respect for Ikey, the remaining shows of the Jack White Tour in Mexico have been cancelled.
We will all miss you Ikey. You were and are an incredible artist.
At the Drive-In at Coachella 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Though Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez's post-Mars Volta/At the Drive-In band Antemasque put out their debut album (featuring Flea) earlier this year, it's since been taken off the internet and will be "officially" released in October via Omar's Nadie Sound label. Also in October, the band will kick off a tour with Le Butcherettes, whose album featured production and bass playing from Omar and whose singer Teri Gender Bender was in Bosnian Rainbows with Omar. The tour hits NYC on November 8 at Brooklyn Bowl and November 9 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for B Bowl and Bowery go on sale Wednesday (8/27) at 10 AM.
All dates are listed, with a recent live video, below...
At the Drive-In at Coachella 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
It wasn't long ago that The Mars Volta broke up and At the Drive-In's reunion ended, leaving co-leaders Cedric Bixler-Zavala going solo and Omar Rodriguez Lopez working with new band Bosnian Rainbows. Well now Cedric and Omar are back together where they belong with a new band, Antemasque, and on bass they're joined by none other than the very busy Red Hot Chili Peppers/Atoms for Peace bass master Flea.
Antemasque's self titled debut album will be out on July 15 via Omar's label Nadie Sound, and you can preview it by listening to four of its songs, "4AM," "Hangin' In The Lurch," "People Forget" and "Drown All Your Witches," below. There are also multiple ways to get the album on the cheaper side and get free bonus tracks. Details on that, along with the streams, below...
The Mars Volta at ACL in 2008 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
The Mars Volta, who have been on hiatus since the release of 2012's Noctourniquet, have officially called it quits, Prefix reports. Cedric Bixler-Zavala dropped the news via a series of tweets , including "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."
Cedric has a solo release on the way, and as discussed his former partner in crime, Omar Rodriguez Lopez is working with his band, Bosnian Rainbows, who will have their debut album out this year and are going on a tour in February which hits NYC for the previously mentioned Highline Ballroom show on February 19 with Marriages. Tickets for that show are still available. Since we last spoke, the band revealed a track from their album, "Torn Maps," which you can stream below.
Cedric and Omar joined forces again last year to bring back their old band, At the Drive-In. That reunion never brought the band to NYC, but it did bring them to Austin, Coachella, Lollapalooza and other places.
In related news, At the Drive-In's other half, Sparta, have returned from their hiatus and are in the studio working on the followup to 2006's Threes.
Bosnian Rainbows song stream below...
"ATTENTION! To whom it may concern: AT THE DRIVE-IN will be breaking their 11 year silence THIS STATION IS ...NOW...OPERATIONAL"That news was posted on a new official At The Drive-In website and has been confirmed by the band. No word on what exactly it means (dates, record, other projects, etc), but there have been reports of a show scheduled in Russia, and any way you slice it, excellent news! - BBG .
by Black Bubblegum
The Mars Volta @ ACL (more by Kyle Dean Renford)
The live-wire prog wizards of The Mars Volta have scheduled a US tour in support of Octohedron. They make their way back to NYC on October 8th with a show at Roseland. Tickets are currently on presale \until 10PM tonight (8/27) (password is "swing"). Tickets go on general sale on 8/28 at noon.
The tour kicks off this weekend at the Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco on Saturday (8/29) where they will join TV On The Radio, Pearl Jam, Q-Tip, The National, and many more. Full tour dates and a video for "Since We've Been Wrong" from Octohedron are below...
by Black Bubblegum
The Mars Volta LIVE at Sasquatch 2008 (More by Chris Graham)
Through complex mathematics in off-kilter time signatures and pentatonic phyrigian dominant minor scales*, The Mars Volta have constructed an equation to create the ultimate polygon/album, The Octahedron. Due on Jun 23rd via Warner Brothers, The Octahedron follows last year's Grammy-winner The Bedlam In Goliath. In an Onion AV Club feature with last year just prior to the release of The Bedlam In Goliath, Omar Rodriguez-Lopez declared their next album would be "acoustic" and would also include "electronic instruments as well".
In other Mars Volta related news, the previously mentioned El Grupo Nuevo de Omar Rodriguez Lopez recently posted a second video teaser for their upcoming album, Cryptomnesia, which is due on May 5th via Rodriguez Lopez Productions/Sargent House. Pre-orders are here, or you can scoot on down to your local indie record store to scoop up one of 3,000 LP copies that will be made available on Record Store Day (April 18th). Many other great bands and locations are participating as well, so get out there!
Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival is taking place this year August 28th-30th at Golden Gate Park. Tickets for the fest go on Visa presale Wednesday, April 15th at 1pm ET, and general sale Sunday, April 19th at 1pm ET.
Also on the schedule for the fest is the Dead Weather, Jack White's new band. Dead Weather plays its first show tonight (April 14th) at the Bowery Ballroom.
M.I.A., Ween, TVOTR, Mastodon, Os Mutantes, Extra Golden, Tom Jones, and many others are also playing. Full Outside Lands line-up and poster below....
by Black Bubblegum
The world's worst named band with the most interesting lineup have announced the release of the first in a trio of albums, Cryptomnesia, due on May 5th. El Grupo Nuevo De Omar Rodriguez Lopez (for the spanish-challenged, that's The New Group of ORL) is the melding of Omar Rodriguez Lopez (The Mars Volta, At the Drive-In), Zach Hill (Hella), Jonathan Hischke (ex-Hella), Juan Alderete de la Peña (The Mars Volta), and "features the vocals of guest frontman Cedric Bixler Zavala (The Mars Volta, At the Drive-In) on eight of the album's eleven tracks". OK, can it get any more spazzy? Sounds pretty wild, and judging by the tracks in the below video, it just may be.
Though the first album was completed shortly after The Mars Volta's Amputechture in 2006, it wasn't until last year that Mr. Random Word Generator, aka Cedric Bixler Zavala, added his vocals to the mix. No word on personnel, or release date for the additional two records.
In addition to the May 5th release, " A special limited advance vinyl offering of... 3,000 copies will be made available... to Indie Retail in honor of RECORD STORE DAY on April 18th."
Cryptomnesia is the first release on Rodriguez Lopez Productions, the new imprint formed by... guess who? ORL's last record, Old Money, was released by hip hop indie superpower Stones Throw digitally in 2008, and in hard form on Jan 27th 2009.
The Cryptomnesia tracklisting, cover art, video, and all tour dates, below...
Crystal Castles @ MHOW - New Years Eve (more by Ryan Muir)
Al Green @ the Wellmont Theater - Nov 2008 (more by Eric M Townsend)
Superfly Productions and A.C. Entertainment are excited to announce the initial lineup for the 2009 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. The eighth annual four-day camping and music festival will be held on June 11 - 14 on the same beautiful 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee, 60 miles south of Nashville. Every year Bonnaroo seeks to make history by offering unique and exclusive performances by rock's greatest legends as well as its most significant newcomers. A full list of confirmed acts follows, and more will be announced in the coming weeks. The final Bonnaroo 2009 lineup will total over 120 bands and over 20 comedians performing on 13 stages over four days. Tickets go on sale exclusively through www.bonnaroo.com on Saturday, February 7 at 12:00 PM Eastern.As rumored, Bruce Springsteen (who just played the Superbowl Halftime show) and Phish (who just had some trouble selling tickets to other shows) are headlining this year's Bonnaroo. Nine Inch Nails (who played Lollapalooza last year), Beastie Boys, David Byrne (who has two shows coming up at Radio City), Wilco, Al Green, Erykah Badu, TV on the Radio, Yeah Yeah Yeahs (who are also playing Coachella), Andrew Bird (who just played Carnegie Hall), The Decemberists, Bon Iver, Animal Collective (who are very popular right now), Neko Case, Jenny Lewis, Santogold, Grizzly Bear (who have a new album coming out), St. Vincent, Ted Leo, Crystal Castles, and many others are also on the bill according to the now-officially announced initial lineup.
Full (initial) 2009 Bonnaroo lineup below...
photos by Kyle Dean Reinford
The Mars Volta were one of Friday's headliners at the 2008 Austin City Limits festival. Omar also gave a video interview backstage where he mentioned a finished new album that they'll be mixing in NYC soon. Pictures and video below...
photos by Chris Graham
The Mars Volta played right before Flaming Lips on the mainstage on the third of three days of the Sasquatch Music Festival in Gorge, Washington this past weekend (May 26, 2008). More pictures, a video interview conducted backstage by an ex-member of Gang of Four, and tour dates below....