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The Mars Volta Break Up

Chris Rotolo January 24, 2013 News No Comments


At The Drive In @ Lollapalooza ’12 (Photo: Chris Rotolo)
The release of Bosnian Rainbows debut single, “Torn Maps,” on Wednesday morning has caused major fallout with Omar Rodriguez-Lopez’s more notable project The Mars Volta as the evening brought a Twitter tirade via the outfit’s frontman – well, former frontman, Cedric Bixler-Zavala who announced his departure from the spacious Rock outfit which rose from the remains of At The Drive In back in 2001.

“I can’t sit here and pretend anymore,” tweeted Zavala, among other missives.  “I am no longer a member Mars Volta.”

Amongst the barrage of tweets, though no specific reasons for the split were etched in virtual stone, Zavala did express anger toward Lopez for opting to further Bosnian Rainbows rather than tour on The Mars Volta’s 2012 LP Noctourniquet, stating “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.”

Read Zavala’s full de-Twitterized discourse below:

“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 forNoctourniquet 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.”


After an hour of Twitter silence Zavala returned to the forum to address fans, profess his undying love for At The Drive In, and take one more stab at Lopez’s latest endeavor…check it out below:

“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. 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.”

Stream Bosnian Rainbows single from its forthcoming full-length below:

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Chris graduated from The College Of New Jersey in May of 2011 with a Bachelors Degree in both Journalism/Professional Writing and Communication Studies. He's held down a position in the Asbury Park Press’ Sports Department since September of 2010 and is a contributor to the outlet’s Arts & Entertainment section as well as Consequence of Sound (http://consequenceofsound.net).