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Mars Volta


(Members of At The Drive In)

GSL 54

Released on April 2, 2002

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THE MARS VOLTA is the newest vehicle of former AT THE DRIVE-IN members Omar Rodriguez and Cedric Bixler, and the remarkable group of musicians they have teamed-up with. The story goes like this... When AT THE DRIVE-IN unexpectedly parted ways in early 2001, Rodriguez and Bixler seized the opportunity to resume touring and recording with their longtime "side project", DE FACTO. Based in Long Beach, CA, DE FACTO (which also includes ex-LONG BEACH DUB ALLSTARS keyboard player Ikey Owens and soundman/vocalist Jeremy Ward) bypass ATDI's trademark punk sound for a much different - yet no less potent blend of dub reggae, psychedelic Latin, and CAN-inspired "tribalisms". They released their debut full-length release Megaton Shotblast! on GSL in mid-2001 after returning from their second tour of Europe. While the masses of ATDI fans gradually caught wind of their heroes' confounding interest in NON-rock music, the members of DE FACTO were already busy reconfiguring themselves behind closed doors. Having recruited drummer Jon Theodore (GOLDEN, ROYAL TRUX, HIM) and rookie bassist Eva Gardner (prodigy daughter of late CREATION/BIRDS bassist, Kim Gardner) THE MARS VOLTA was born. Upping the ante once again, Rodriguez, Bixler, and co. have gone above and beyond even the most liberal of expectations, virtually reinventing the idea of rock music for an entire generation of young fans whose interest in the duo (in particular) seems inexhaustable. With any justice, THE MARS VOLTA will be the leak that sinks the Good Ship Nu-Metal once and for all. The band are a technical tour-de-force, a "riveting melee of psychedelic rock, free-jazz entropy, and urgent hardcore" taking cues from PINK FLOYD, LED ZEPPELIN, THE BIRTHDAY PARTY, FUGAZI, and SLY AND THE FAMILY STONE. This is their debut release and features three tracks: "Concertina", "Cut That City", and "Eunuch Provocateur". THE MARS VOLTA toured the US in late 2001 with THE ANNIVERSARY, UGLY CASANOVA and LES SAVY FAV. In March 2002 they will tour Europe with LES SAVY FAV and follow that with a brief trip to Japan before beginning work on their debut album.

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Average Customer Rating: 4.5 with 15 reviews (See Below)
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# Song Name Popularity
1 Cut That City Voted #2  33%
2 Concertina Voted #1  36%
3 Enuch Provacateur Voted #3  30%
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Johnny from Rialto, CA 
Apr 13 2007 Rating: 5/5 Stars

Hell yeah man this is a great CD the mars volta just makes really crazy music it's sounds like your on some crazy ass drug listening to this Cedric's vocal's and Omar's guitar are just great.

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Scott from Honolulu, HI 
Nov 4 2005 Rating: 4/5 Stars

I love this album. It is a little different than their later ones, but I'd say that it's kinda inbetween ATDI and Mars Volta. ATDI fans will probably like it. Concertina is a GREAT song. The other songs are good too. Eunuch Provocateur starts show a little bit of the style that Deloused will embrace. Cut that City is not a bad song but not that great but not bad at all. It's a cheap CD but well worth the $$$. The songs do run a little longer.

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Carlos from Los Angeles, CA 
Jan 17 2005 Rating: 5/5 Stars

man the mars volta is great and this ep is also although it is very short i think its worth all the money just to have all of mars voltas music get francis the mute out in march its gonna be great!

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Linda from Woodland, CA 
Jan 6 2005 Rating: 5/5 Stars

buy this. the volta rules and this EP prooves it. everyone who like these guys should buy this it rules times 86.

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David from New Richmond, PQ Canada 
Oct 18 2004 Rating: 5/5 Stars

This cd is their fist EP after At The Drive-In Split (the rest of the band : Jim, Paul and Tony are now in Sparta). It's almost 20min. but there is an intro and outro so you have more like 15min of real music to my advice it still worth the buy. For myself I find the cd really good not like the cd but still really good. (if you like De-Loused In The Comatorium, you'll like this one too).

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Alex from Kirkella, Hull, United Kingdom 
Apr 20 2004 Rating: 5/5 Stars

At first, especially compared to De-loused this sounds quite basic, but after a lot of listening I realised it is very original and very good. Cut That City is perhaps the least special track on here, starting with 2 minutes of quite rumbling, and busting into a fast ATDI-esque song with an odd time signature. Concertina is the strongest song here, a slow track with haunting waliy vocals and eerie keyboard work. Some of Cedrics best lyrics and melodies too. Eunuch is another great track, good build up and a nice contrast between jazzy drumbeats and odd lyrics to an energetic chorus. Also with a nice organ/guitar solo half way through. The track gets a tad boring though, as the last 4 minutes are a repeated drum loop, which sounds similar to the outro drum loop of Drunkship of Lanterns. Recommended CD however. A brilliant effort.

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Travis from Colstrip, MT 
Feb 17 2004 Rating: 3/5 Stars

This album is alright, but it is nothing compared to de-loused. NOthing really seems to stand out on this 3 song e.p. bottom line is, buy de-loused instead.

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Cj from Portales, NM 
Feb 15 2004 Rating: 5/5 Stars

Awsome CD. Much better then Deloused too. Only problem is that its like 16 minutes long, and like 5 of that is just noise unrelated to a song. Still gets a 5 for musicanship and originality though.

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Ross from Apo, AP 
Nov 21 2003 Rating: 5/5 Stars

The Mars Volta is the best thing since sliced bread. Im giving it 17 stars- those five at the top dont mean shit. They are the most amazing band of the new millenium. I might be a little biased though cuz At The Drive In was may favorite band previosly to the Mars Volta so... I dunno

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Erika from Deland, FL 
Oct 15 2003 Rating: 5/5 Stars

I was so excited about TMV when I bought this, and this ep made me a fan. It's a must have if you're into this band.

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