May 21, 2010 1 Comment
For The Mars Volta’s sixth album release, Omar Rodriguez-Lopez cuts the Nazi-complex.
Though he admits it’s been hard to break the habit (“I’ve had 10 years of being a dictator”), Rodríguez-López says he’s seeing the benefits of loosening his grip already. “From 2002 to 2007, I cannot tell you how unfun it must have been to be around me,” he says. “I worked from 11 in the morning until 2 in the morning, no breaks, no going out for lunch, no days off. I drove an engineer mad. Another renounced me. I understand it now. And now, I stop, I eat lunch, I play with the dog, and I get four times as much done now than when I was choking it to death. Now I come back invigorated. I’m definitely happier.”
On the in-progress album:
A few days ago a tweet indicated that the Texan group were over at InfraSonic Sound Studios in Los Angeles getting to work on whatever they had to get to work on. It read:
The Mars Volta in-studio here for pre-production.
Which is clear enough. I guess the entire process – lyrics, music and all – has been going on for a while now, but it’s undoubtedly good news that something more concrete is happening, especially after all the talk of various recordings being ditched and general uncertainty.
Personally, I’m excited to see what they can do without all the bad vibes from Rodriguez-Lopez overlording over the process. They’ve got some great musicians, and lost a lot along the way, hopefully The Mars Volta can pull it together and once again give something great to music like Frances The Mute.