Cedric Bixler-Zavala Leaves The Mars Volta

Posted: January 24, 2013 by Is This Revolutionary? in News
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It is with great remorse that I report that, after a decade and a half dozen studio albums, frontman Cedric Bixler-Zavala announced his departure from progressive rock band The Mars Volta.

Last night, 23 January, 2013 at 9:39pm EST, Cedric discussed the announcement via Twitter in a series of twenty successive tweets:

Among the matters discussed in the tweets are the hiatus that the Mars Volta announced late last year, Omar’s work in other projects, Cedric’s own work with his solo project, as well as an allusion to Omar’s less charismatic performance during the At The Drive-In reunion tour, shortly prior to which Omar’s mother passed away.

Less than ten hours earlier, UK music magazine NME posted a brief interview with Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, guitarist-songwriter of The Mars Volta and longtime partner of Cedric, to discuss his new band, Bosnian Rainbows. In the interview, Omar discussed working with Cedric and the current discontinuation thereof:

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.

As of this posting, Omar has not publicly responded to Cedric’s tweets.


|||Cedric’s Twitter|||Bosnian Rainbows on NME|||Bosnian Rainbows on SoundCloud|||


  1. Mase says:

    Bahhhhh, whyyyyyyyyy! I hate to see the two guys who basically raised me (musically) end up like this. This is heartbreaking.

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