Il seme della discordia. L’ultima. Tra Rodriguez-Lopez e Bixler. Dall’avvio ufficiale dei Bosnian Rainbows che possiamo datare la fine dei Mars Volta (leggi Top Stories). A fine 2012 era stato lo stesso Omar ad annunciare una “pausa” dei Mars Volta proprio per dedicarsi alla nuova band, ma non ci aspettavamo certo la decisione radicale (giustificata) del suo compagno (che presto debutterà solista), che ha messo la parola fine ad una storia iniziata nel 2001. Accantonata per un attimo la smania proliferatrice solista, Lopez si unisce a Deantoni Parks, Nicci Kasper e Teri Gender-Bender delle “protette” Les Butcherettes. L’artista texano racconta il disco: “We recorded the record over in Europe, we did a tour across Europe and we recorded the album in Hamburg, Germany. It’s been done for a while and we’ve decided to put it out this year. We’re really happy with it”. Sui suoi compagni: “I’ve collaborated with all three of these artists before. I worked with Teri from Les Butcherettes on a solo record of mine, maybe a year or two ago. I also worked with her on the second Butcherettes record, I realised just how wonderful a musician she is. I invited Deantoni Parks into The Mars Volta as our drummer, as a hired musician. But, as I got to know him, I realised ‘Wow, this guy is a brilliant composer’. He works as hard as me and he’s got thousands of songs in his catalogue. We must have made six records together over the years. It’s the same thing with Nicci Kasper, we all love writing music. It’s really something else”. E proprio sull’ormai ex-compagno: “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. 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”.
Il debutto omonimo esce il 25 giugno via Clouds Hill Ltd (Europa) e via Sargent House (USA).