The Mars Volta Are Teasing Something

And whatever it is, it's "COMING SOON"

BY Calum SlingerlandPublished Mar 4, 2021

In 2019, Cedric Bixler-Zavala shared that he was at work on new Mars Volta material with Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, and it appears the pair are now gearing up to make an announcement.

A video teaser arriving today through Clouds Hill Recordings points to something "COMING SOON" from the long-dormant project.

Brief on-screen flashes show the band's logo and the phrase "La Realidad De Los Sueños," in addition to this image that appears to share multiple elements with the art direction of the Mars Volta's revered 2003 full-length debut De-Loused in the Comatorium.

Mars Volta devotees have pointed out that "La Realidad De Los Sueños" — "the reality of dreams" — is a partial lyric from "Concertina," which appeared on the band's debut EP Tremulant.

Rodriguez-Lopez released three-part compilation The Clouds Hill Tapes through the label last year. The releases coincided with the label's parent company acquiring the guitarist's vast Rodriguez-Lopez Productions catalogue.

Speaking about a potential reunion in 2019, Bixler-Zavala clarified that it would not be "your 'fav member lineup' playing their 'classic records' in full etc. Maybe we'll play old shit, who knows how we feel. Just remember our past campaigns never relied on playing requests or going fully backwards... it's new shit, new people, left turns, tangent inconsistencies, mazapan dreams and churro wishes."

Of new material, he continued, "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."

The Mars Volta's most recent album remains 2012's Noctourniquet.

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