The Mars Volta
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Following the break-up of the highly popular post-hardcore band At The Drive-In in 2001, its members embarked on a number of recording projects including Sparta, De Facto and Mars Volta. Cedric Bixler-Zavala (4 November 1974, Redwood City, California, USA; vocals) and Omar Rodríguez-Lopez (b. 1 September 1975, Bayamón, Puerto Rico; guitar/synthesizers) decided to remain together and form a new project that would combine their former bands intense, manic energy with a more experimental feel (and not be tied down to a single musical style). After enlisting members Jon Philip Theodore (drums), Isaiah Owens (keyboards), Jeremy Ward (b. 1976, d. 25 May 2003, Los Angeles, California, USA; samples), and Eva Gardner (bass), Mars Volta was born (Bixler and Rodríguez-Lopez had already played with Owens and Ward in De Facto).
Making it a point to state their varied influences perhaps as a point to prepare their fans for...