“There’s so much to do there,” says Omar Rodriguez-Lopez .
For a lot of people during the 2000s, The Mars Volta filled a void for contemporary prog rock fans, but the project came to a close following 2012’s Noctourniquet. Founders Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodríguez-López never said more music was out of the question, but it was clear they needed a break. Now it appears the group are ready to ride again, according to a new interview in Rolling Stone.
Rodríguez-López discussed the possibility of a reunion while promoting his ambitious bid to release 12 solo albums this year. He described the project as a vault cleaning exercise before moving forward with other projects — including Mars Volta.
Reuniting Mars Volta isn’t an easy task, however. Members Ikey Owens and Jeremy Ward both have passed away, while original bassist Eva Gardner had to drop out after the death of her father and is now performing with Gwen Stefani. Meanwhile, Jon Theodore is a current member of Queens Of The Stone Age.
Even Rodriguez-Lopez’s decision to take a break from the project came during a period following his mother’s death, causing him to “resolve myself to only doing collaborative work,” he explained. Meanwhile sometime-member Deantoni Parks still performs with Rodriguez-Lopez and appears on some of his upcoming solo material.
The next big step for Rodríguez-López and Bixler-Zavala, however, is the return of their beloved ’90s post-hardcore project At The Drive In. After that, he hopes to shift his focus to Mars Volta.
“Any true fan of the band knows that’s the real chemistry right there. Whenever we get to that time, we hope that it all lines up with whatever Jon’s doing and whatever Eva’s doing,” he said. “I just have a feeling it will. Life has a funny way of working out that way.”