The Mars Volta
The Mars Volta are a progressive rock band from El Pasa, Texas. The band compromises Omar Rodríguez-López (guitar, producer, direction), Cedric Bixler-Zavala (vocals, lyrics), Juan Alderete (bass), Marcel Rodriguez-Lopez (keyboards, percussion) and Deantoni Parks (drums).
The band was heavily associated with living the typical rock n’ roll lifestyle and lived life to the full and some of the band members were previously in the post hard-core band At the Drive-In.
Celebrating over 10 years in the music, The Mars Volta won a Grammy in 2009 for their song "Wax Simulacra" and the band was named in the Rolling Stone magazine as the best progressive rock band in 2008.
De-Loused in the Comatorium (2003) became the band’s most successful album release, selling over 500,000 copies and their tours were based on drug fuelled hedonism, more often than not a reflection of their own lives.
Throughout the years, band members frequently changed hands. The founder of the group Jeremy Michael Ward eventually died of a drug overdoes, leaving a lasting legacy behind.
Their next album Frances the Mute (2005) was again commercially successful and this led onto Amputechture (2007), The Bedlam in Goliath (2008) and Noctourniquet (2012).