The Mars Volta is neither a concept album band nor a prog band Sure, they excel at both, but Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Cedric Bixler-Zavala formed the Mars Volta in 2001 in order to dispose of labels and limitations of any kind, to move beyond genres strip-mined into obsolescence--be they dinosaur prog or 2-D punk.

"We are really tired of those labels and questions,"says guitarist, co-founder and producer Rodriguez-Lopez."Concept album? How can any huge project that takes up most of your life for a year not have a concept? Prog? How can any innovative, forward-thinking art or music not be progressive? It reminds me of when I first heard the label'emo,'which was the most ridiculous label ever. How can anything you put your heart and soul into not be emotional?"

Francesis basically five interconnected songs (the band considers silence between songs"a distraction... like if there were gaps between each scene in a movie")

The Mars Volta is neither a concept album band nor a prog band Sure, they excel at both, but Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Cedric Bixler-Zavala formed the Mars Volta in 2001 in order to dispose of labels and limitations of any kind, to move beyond genres strip-mined into obsolescence--be they dinosaur prog or 2-D punk.

"We are really tired of those labels and questions,"says guitarist, co-founder and producer Rodriguez-Lopez."Concept album? How can any huge project that takes up most of your life for a year not have a concept? Prog? How can any innovative, forward-thinking art or music not be progressive? It reminds me of when I first heard the label'emo,'which was the most ridiculous label ever. How can anything you put your heart and soul into not be emotional?"

Francesis basically five interconnected songs (the band considers silence between songs"a distraction... like if there were gaps between each scene in a movie")

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Format: CD
Label: UMVD LABELS
Catalog: 412902
Rel. Date: 03/01/2005
UPC: 075021039773

Frances The Mute
Artist: Mars Volta
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The Mars Volta is neither a concept album band nor a prog band Sure, they excel at both, but Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Cedric Bixler-Zavala formed the Mars Volta in 2001 in order to dispose of labels and limitations of any kind, to move beyond genres strip-mined into obsolescence--be they dinosaur prog or 2-D punk.

"We are really tired of those labels and questions,"says guitarist, co-founder and producer Rodriguez-Lopez."Concept album? How can any huge project that takes up most of your life for a year not have a concept? Prog? How can any innovative, forward-thinking art or music not be progressive? It reminds me of when I first heard the label'emo,'which was the most ridiculous label ever. How can anything you put your heart and soul into not be emotional?"

Francesis basically five interconnected songs (the band considers silence between songs"a distraction... like if there were gaps between each scene in a movie")

Reviews:

In theory, there's nothing not to like about these guys. They convinced a major label to back two consecutive uncompromising, meandering, bilingual concept behemoths. Better still, neither dream-state diary De-Loused in the Comatorium nor the perhaps even more ambitious and morbid Frances is an unlistenable, self-indulgent monstrosity. In fact, every five to ten minutes of space noodling actually leads to something pretty kick-ass, whether your taste runs to salsa god Larry Harlow (who contributes piano and clavinet), prog gods Yes, or emo-core gods, um, Sparta. There's a multilevel narrative depth in Frances unmatched by most bands' entire catalogs. In this case, a journal found by the Volta's former sound manipulator, Jeremy Ward (a suicide casualty), inspired co-founders Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Cedric Bixler-Zavala to conjure an HIV-positive male prostitute protagonist out to avenge his mother's rape... or something. Trust me, go to any fan site forum-there's a lot of "or something" here. For Christ's sake, they're putting out a "decoder" single on vinyl, which will likely (intentionally?) create more fog than it clears. So, yes, in theory, there's nothing not to like about the Volta and their gorgeously pretentious envelope pushing. In execution? Depends on how much free time you have.