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The Mars Volta

Posted 28 Mar 2012 @ 6:33am

 

To a large portion of their fans, The Mars Volta have always been a victim of their own early successes, with their first two albums Deloused In The Comatorium and Frances The Mute so groundbreaking and brilliant that many fans, if not most, yearn for the band to return to that sound. This, however, would contradict the principle philosophies of the band: innovation and revolution,...

Posted 6 Jan 2012 @ 11:43am


Scotland’s hardest working merchants of distortion are back with a follow-up to their mostly acclaimed Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will. In typical Mogwai fashion, the five man band have taken what is perceived to be their sound on yet another detour. The Earth Division EP finds their tried-and-true aggression being expanded to explore all of its melodic scope. Hell, you...

Posted 8 Dec 2011 @ 9:49am

It was a peculiar feeling preparing for my interview with Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, leader of my favourite band The Mars Volta. I had likely read close to a hundred of his interviews since 2001 and I knew the generic answers he had stockpiled for common questions about his music . What he didn't have, however, were generic answers about himself as a person , and it was through ignoring his...

Posted 7 Dec 2011 @ 9:06am

In Arizona in June, Le Butcherettes guitarist/vocalist Teri Gender Bender (bornSuaréz ) reportedly urinated onstage out of boredom. In a performance in Seattle, she smashed her head so furiously against a cymbal that blood began dripping down her face. She's wild, she's exciting, and she's also a talented musician and passionate feminist. In short, she's the perfect interview subject.

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Posted 26 Oct 2011 @ 11:02am

RAWR!


You know what's weird about music, is that it's way less melodramatic behind the scenes than those two other forks in the entertainment trident. You've got billion-dollar video games publishers being as corrupt as anything and those endless miles of self-important bullshit in Hollywood, but rarely do I encounter the same when communing with men and women of music...

Posted 23 Aug 2011 @ 2:25pm

When Jim Ward toured Australia with At The Drive-In in 2001, he befriended a pre-Bono Chris Martin, also here on the Big Day Out tour. There was even talk of a side-project between the two, boggling the mind as to what sort of sound the then two polar opposites could come up with. Ward has since toured with Coldplay in another of his post-ATDI bands, Sleepercar, and moved slowly away from the...

Posted 16 Aug 2011 @ 11:54am

Vocalist Cedric Bixler-Zavala nonsensically yet somehow fittingly labelled The Mars Volta's new material as "future punk". If what I witnessed was "future punk", then someone get me a fucking DeLorean, because that was unbelievable. The band debuted amazing new shit but only played four tracks from their records (Son Et Lumiere, Inertiatic ESP, The Widow and Goliath). This new material,...

Posted 4 Aug 2011 @ 9:16am

The Mars Volta are pulling their touring socks up again soon and landing in Australia for Splendour In The Grass (and select sideshows), before releasing their sixth album later this year. Vocalist and lyricist Cedric Bixler-Zavala is a bewitching feller to watch perform, so why shouldn't his conversations be any different?


Are you aware of the Splendour In The Grass...

Posted 3 Aug 2011 @ 2:23pm

Woah, what a crazy time of year! How's your wallet travelling after all these amazing Splendour sideshows? While we only have a few acts left to wrap up their sideshows during the week, we thought we'd take a look back on the amazing calibre of acts to hit town in the past week or two. Let us know in the comments what your favourites have been!

 

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Posted 26 Jul 2011 @ 7:07pm

Electronic dream-pop artist M83 aka Anthony Gonzale) has announced he will release his epic new double album, Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming, this October 14. 

 

Produced by Justin Meldal-Johnson (Beck, NIN, The Mars Volta) and including contributions from Brad Laner (from 90s band Medicine) on guitar, Saturdays=Youth vocalist Morgan Kibby, and guest vocalist Zola Jesus, Hurry Up, We’...

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