It isn’t difficult for Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, guitarist, songwriter, producer and all-around conceptual mastermind for art-rock unit the Mars Volta, to define the role that music and creativity plays in his life. “It’s all there is,” he says simply. “I have no other agenda. I don’t want to rule the world, I don’t have a lust for money, I’m not obsessed with sex. Expressing myself through my art is everything. And I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to be able to do it for a living. So what the hell else should I spend my time doing?”
It's going to be a busy year for Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Cedric Bixler-Zavala. Not only has At the Drive-In reunited for a Coachella performance, but it has just been announced that the Mars Volta will release their sixth full-length album on March 27.
At the Drive-In -- the seminal post-hardcore act featuring future Mars Volta members Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodriguez Lopez -- are officially set to reunite after 11 years, according to Alternative Press.
"Supergroup" is a word that gets tossed around a lot, but it's hard to deny the musical prowess of the members of Giraffe Tongue Orchestra, a new band featuring Brent Hinds (Mastodon,) Ben Weinman (The Dillinger Escape Plan,) Eric Avery (ex-Jane's Addiction) and Jon Theodore (ex-The Mars Volta.)
Mastodon guitarist Brent Hinds revealed in a recent interview with Noisecreep that he has formed a new "supergroup" with current and past members of The Dillinger Escape Plan, The Mars Volta and Jane's Addiction.