The Mars Volta Are Teasing New Music with a Giant Cube Installation

BY Calum SlingerlandPublished Jun 20, 2022

While their most recent studio album remains 2012's Noctourniquet, the Mars Volta returned to action last year with a massive vinyl box set and reissue campaign that also saw them share formative early recordings. Now, it appears new material isn't far off.

On Saturday (June 18), the band shared geographic coordinates via social media that pointed to Grand Park in Los Angeles, leading followers to a giant black cube adorned with gold-coloured characters.
Those who made the trek to the group's activation found that the cube could be entered to hear a preview of new Mars Volta music, which would mark the group's first new single in ten years. As signage posted at the cube shows, cellphones were not allowed inside, while attendees were also warned of potential reactions to an accompanying LED light display inside.

You can see the outside of the Mars Volta's mysterious cube in all its glory below.

Vocalist Cedric Bixler-Zavala revealed that he was at work on new Mars Volta material with Omar Rodriguez-Lopez in 2019, sharing of the music at the time, "When ORL played me a grip of new shit I fucking cried. Like Claire Daines in Romeo & Juliet cried. Yeah it was fucking weird. It's in its infancy right now. No deadlines, no ball tripping, no drama, just 2 grown ass men using essential oils and bold new perfumes shooting ideas and scooting their ass across the fucking lawn trying to get rid of these worms."

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