Thursday, January 24, 2013

The Mars Volta Breaks Up, Cedric Bixler Zavala Announces Departure via Twitter


"I just feel really guilty for not even really saying the truth because a hiatus is just an insult to the fans...What am I suppose to do be some progressive house wife that's cool with watching their partner go fuck other bands? We owe it 2 fans to tour"

Mars Volta lead singer Cedric Bixler Zavala announced today via his Twitter that they are breaking up.  This comes after the group's other main creative force, guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, formed a new band saying that the Mars Volta would now be on "hiatus."  It seems Cedric didn't want to waste any time clarifying the status of the band soon thereafter.  The Mars Volta was a tremendous jazz fusion/prog rock band that the duo formed after their seminal post-hardcore band At The Drive In broke up.  Volta has released 6 albums, 2 Live records and 1 EP.  The band won a Grammy Award in 2009 for Best Hard Rock Performance.  Their last album Noctourniquet was released in March of last year.  Here is the rest of Cedric Bixler Zavala's announcement from his Twitter account:

"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 [Omar Rodriguez-Lopez's new band] was what we all got instead. I can't sit here and pretend any more. I no longer am a member of Mars Volta.  I honestly thank all of you for buying our records and coming to our shows. You guys were a blast to play in front of. We could never had done it with out you. My dream was to get us to the point were Jon Theodore and Ikey Owens came back but sadly it's over...For the record I tried my hardest to get a full scale North American tour going for Noctourniquet but Omar did not want to. I guess a break from mars volta means starting another band and ignoring all the support the fans gave us. I tried my hardest guys"

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