Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Alarm magazine will be releasing their new issue with The Mars Volta gracing both the cover and the feature article. Below is an excerpt, and you can read the entire story HERE.
“There’s a misconception that we’re so serious, and we’re so artsy, and we’re trying hard to be tortured,” says Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, lead guitarist and founding member of The Mars Volta. “We have that part, but we have the whole other side too.”
Their music is so consistently ambitious and challenging that one might picture them brooding quietly offstage between shows, working out complicated time signatures or perusing ancient texts. They’re not. They’re just as likely to be listening to Badfinger or watching Reno 911.
This side of them, the unpretentious enthusiasm for ideas, music, art, and life itself, is the most striking thing about Omar and lead singer Cedric Bixler-Zavala in person. They’re more like passionate college kids than rock stars; they’re eager to bounce ideas back and forth and get at the truth."
The issue also features Bygones as the album of the week...
"Teased since March, the finally available debut album from Bygones is a spastic/melodic guitar/drums dichotomy. The duo consists of drumming whiz Zach Hill (of Hella and all other bands) and tech-ish guitarist Nick Reinhart (of indie mathists Tera Melos).
The project sounds very much like one would imagine, but a complex catchy-ness is inherent in nearly every track. The duo’s intermittent utterances and backing harmonies fit better than any conventional vocals likely would."
Posted by Dan Goldin at 5:28 AM