Their early work was a little too ‘punk’ for my taste, but when De-Loused in the Comatorium came out in '03, I think they really came into their own - both thematically and artistically. The whole album has a clear, progressive sound, and a new sheen of abstract lyricism that really gives the songs a big boost. They have been compared to Coheed and Cambria, but I think The Mars Volta has a far more bitter, depressing view of the world.
In '05, The Mars Volta released this, Frances the Mute, their most accomplished album. I think their undisputed masterpiece is 'Cassandra Gemini’, a song so long most people probably don’t even listen to it all the way through - but they should! Because it’s not just about the struggle of a man looking for his long lost mother, and the importance of blood ties, it’s also a personal statement about the band itself!
ex-At The Drive-In, Red Hot Chilli Peppers Members Form New Band
Omar Rodríguez-López (The Mars Volta, At The Drive-In) and John Frusciante (ex-Red Hot Chili Peppers) have formed a new band called Kimono Kult. The band’s debut EP will be titled Hiding In The Light and will be released on March 4th via Neurotic Yell Records. Check out details for the EP and release below after the jump.
“Omar Rodríguez helped me a lot. When I met him he came from a punk scene, but he liked to do things solo, play very fast, stuff I could do. That gave me the courage to put out that part of me to be able to create guitar solos that really exposed that emotional side; I was able to find the way to do it without getting too carried away, but also without setting myself any limits.” (John Frusciante)