Since the release of their 2012 album Noctourniquent, Mars Volta has been very quiet. 2012 also marked the last time the duo played live, but that silence is breaking. Last year, Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez released a collection of demos and unreleased cuts from their first release as Mars Volta, 2003’s Deloused In the Comatorium, and for the first time in just about a decade, the duo seems to be gearing up to release new music.
Mars Volta is not the first project Rodriguez-Lopex and Bixler-Zavala have worked on together. They started working together in the emo-punk scene in the late 90s as At The Drive-In, releasing their first album in 1996. It wasn’t until 2001 when the duo separated themselves from the band in pursuit of prog-rock and formed Mars Volta, a much more experimental and abstract project compared to their roots. Another side project came about in 2014 in the form of Antemasque, where the boys from Mars Volta found themselves releasing more traditional heavy rock records on their one and only album under that name. The self-titled project was released in the summer of 2014 and featured much more digestible records.
Mars Volta is back to their experimental ways and teasing new music is the most Mars Volta way possible. The band posted coordinates that lead fans to Grant Park where they were greeted by a strange, black box dawning the band’s name. Fans were welcomed inside but asked to leave any recording devices outside. According to the fans who stepped into the cube, they were treated to a three-minute preview of a brand new Mars Volta song. There is no hint as to when the song will officially be released but we are left to assume that it is sooner rather than later.
Check out photos of the mysterious box below: