Seems like these guys might need a break from each other. Frontman Cedric Bixler-Zavala announced last night through several messages on his Twitter page that The Mars Volta has called it quits.
The statement doesn’t hide tension with guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, who Bixler-Zavala says contributed to demise of the band by refusing to tour their sixth album, Noctourniquet, after its release in March 2012. The statement also included apologies to fans as well as numerous thanks for supporting Mars Volta over the years.
Referring to Rodriguez-Lopez’s involvement with his new band Bosnian Rainbows, Bixler-Zavala concluded his lengthy letter to fans by stating, “What am I suppose to do be some progressive house wife that’s cool with watching their partner go fuck other bands?”
The Mars Volta resulted from the 2001 break-up of Bixler-Zavala and Rodriguez-Lopez’s former band At the Drive-In. Consisting of various musician lineups throughout the years, the prog-rock band released six albums and won a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance in 2009. Through both bands, Bixler-Zavala and Rodriquez-Lopez have collaborated for nearly 20 years.
Here is the Bixler-Zavala’s full statement:
“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 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.
Thank u a million times over for ever giving a fuck about our band.
For the record I tried my hardest to get a full scale North American tour going for Noctourniquet but Omar did not want to.
All I can do is move forward with my music and just be happy that mars volta ever happened at all. God Damn we had a blast. Thank u again.
I just feel really guilty for not even really saying the truth because a hiatus is just an insult to the fans.
To all our fans all over the world thank you for giving a fuck. You all ruled! I don’t think ill ever hear a fist full of dollars the same.
My record will see the light of day soon and I’m excited because it sounds nothing like my previous endeavors.
And no I’m not joking about any of this, I owe it 2 u guys to all fans to be serious about this.
Thank u to all past members who helped Volta along as well. we blasted through like a comet and left our mark!
If u ever see me in person and want to know why I’ll tell u my story.
Please just be happy that it happened at all remember all the opposition we were met with for just starting a new band back in 2001.
SPECIAL SHOUT OUT TO ALL THE VOLTA FANS WHO FLOODED WARNER BROS FACEBOOK PAGE AND GOT NOTHING IN RETURN! I was honored by this guys! ThankU
And for the record I’m still in love with ATDI. Proof was in MY performance. I would never get on stage if my heart was else where.
I have cancelled shows before for knowing full well that my heart was not in it at that moment. Why? Because its an insult to the audience.
2 be clear I’m not angry I just wanted to be honest with the people who have allowed me to make a living playing music.
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.”
In an interview with NME about Bosnian Rainbows that was released early yesterday before Bixler-Zavala’s statement via Twitter, Rodriguez-Lopez spoke what seemed to be sincerely but quickly turned sarcastic about his former bandmate’s future music plans.
“It’s been very strange being without Cedric. It’s one of those bittersweet moments, it’s great for both of us because he’s making this great solo record, which is more of an acoustic thing,” Rodriguez-Lopez explained to NME. “I’m really excited to hear another side of him and to work on music without me. He’s composing all the music, playing all the instruments, literally doing everything himself, rather than just singing over the top of my songs.”