Frustrated Frontman Cedric Bixler-Zavala Dissolves The Mars Volta

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Bixler-Zavala feeling left behind...
The ethereal, experimental sounds of prog-rock band the Mars Volta are no more. Loyal fans are awakening to the depressing news after vocalist Cedric Bixler-Zavala aired out all his frustrations on Twitter last night.

"I can't sit here and pretend any more. I no longer am a member of Mars Volta," he tweeted. Sorry folks, it doesn't really get any more directly to the point than that.

Bixler-Zavala and guitarist Omar Rodríguez-López were key cornerstones of the band with other musicians coming in and out as revolving members. But it was Rodríguez-López's own musical departure from the Mars Volta that caused the irreconcilable tension.

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"For the record I tried to get a full scale North American tour going for Noctourniquet but Omar did want to," Bixler-Zavala tweeted in reference to the band's latest (and last) release in 2012 after adding, "I tried my hardest to keep it going...But Bosnian Rainbows is what we all got instead."

The last reference is to a newly formed band that Rodríguez-López brought through The Observatory last October. Bosnian Rainbows released their first single "Torn Maps" just before Zavala's announced departure from the Mars Volta. Have a listen to their self-described "alternative pop" vibes here:



Rodríguez-López and Bixler-Zavala, of course, were solidified as an Afro-sporting energetic duo in their previous El Paso hatched band At The Drive-In which disappointingly disbanded after the release Relationship of Command in 2000. A silver lining came in the formation of the Mars Volta soon after which keep the two collaborating together. The tantalizing sounds of the Tremulant EP offered only a hint of the abstracting sounds they would craft later in their debut De-Loused in the Comatorium, an offering testing the outer edges of rock's Dionysian impulses.

During last year's Coachella music festival, At The Drive-In came back for a much hyped reunion show. Bixler-Zavala professed his continued love for the band and seems to have taken a swipe at Rodríguez-López, whose performances were subdued to say the least, further tweeting, "Proof was in MY performance."

Will there be a similar reunion for the Mars Volta is the distant future? It seems unlikely, at least for the moment. The former frontman, near the end of his tweets, concluded with one of the more memorable departure lines in the history of band breakups.

"What am I supposed to do be some progressive house wife that's cool with watching their partner go fuck other bands?"

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ExecuteTamayoNow
ExecuteTamayoNow

Horrible unlistenable chic-hipster drivel.  Hope he gets back on heroin.

Niko Babic
Niko Babic

This is like finding out some old actor died that you already thought was dead. And still you don't care.

Justin Kramer
Justin Kramer

What bums me out more is that there won't be more ATD-I reunion shows.....but with Cedric revealing that Omar wasn't really into it, maybe it's for the best. As long as they keep repressing the older albums on vinyl like they've been doing I think I will be OK with this.

Jeff Francis
Jeff Francis

Sad news... these guys were pretty good!

Lindsey Hastings
Lindsey Hastings

Oh shiiiiit. Mason, looks like Juan's gonna have more free time.

Michael Clay
Michael Clay

what a shame one of the best live band ive ever saw!

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