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Cedric Bixler-Zavala on Mars Volta comeback: “It’s new shit, new people"

Cedric Bixler-Zavala has revealed more details about the eagerly anticipated reunion of progressive rock band Mars Volta.

The band, who originally formed after the break-up of Rodríguez-López and Bixler-Zavala’s previous band, At the Drive-In, have been in hiatus since 2012 as bend members worked on separate projects. 

For a couple of years now the group has hinted at a comeback, most notably in 2016 when asked Rodriguez-Lopez was asked about a potential return of The Mars Volta in an interview with Rolling Stone, he said: “At some point, we’d love to do [Mars Volta] again too, you know what I mean? There’s so much to do there as well.”

Yesterday though, Far Out reported the news that Bixler-Zavala had officially confirmed the comeback with a lowkey response to a fan, simply replying “it’s happening” to a reunion request.

After his comment blew up on social media, Bixler-Zavala returned today to clear up any confusion with a statement published via his official Twitter account. In his comment, Bixler-Zavala confessed that the band’s line-up has changed and so has their material. “What it’s NOT going to be is your ‘fav member lineup’ playing their ‘classic records’ in full etc. Maybe we’ll play old shit, who knows how we feel,” he said in a post which has since been deleted by captured by Consequence of Sound.

“Just remember our past campaigns never relied on playing requests or going fully backwards… it’s new shit, new people, left turns, tangent inconsistencies, mazapan dreams and churro wishes. I will say this though, when ORL played me a grip of new shit I fucking cried. Like Claire Daines in Romeo and Juliet cried. Yeah it was fucking weird.

“It’s in its infancy right now. No deadlines, no ball tripping, no drama, just 2 grown ass men using essential oils and bold new perfumes shooting ideas and scooting their ass across the fucking lawn trying to get rid of these worms.”