This is something of a nugget of speculation – as are a lot of things that come out of SXSW – but footage has emerged of a performance by the Omar Rodriguez Lopez Group, which for one song at least featured Cedric Bixler-Zavala on vocals.

I’ve been a fan of this pair for a long time. At the Drive-In are such a fucking important band in the history of post-hardcore, and for a large proportion of The Mars Volta‘s career, they have written some pretty solid tunes. My personal feeling is that they got a little too experimental at times, losing focus on what made Deloused in the Comatorium and Frances the Mute such great albums.

So this following footage obviously has me a little excited. Heavy it ain’t, but what it does show (for the other Volta fans out there) is a return to simpler song structures, using less elaborate arrangements and fewer instruments. Expansion is good, but at times it was all a bit much.


If this is new Volta material – if – then I’m super stoked for the next album, which Omar is rumoured to be writing. If not…eh. ORL Group stuff is usually pretty good.

– CG


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