Thursday, March 5, 2009

Mars is Hell

Today, you are simply going to be confused.

Primarily, because we're looking into what Omar Rodriguez-Lopez has been up to these days. When he's not writing increasingly confusing music for his mainstay, The Mars Volta, he seems to be always dabbling in one or more solo or side projects.

As though his music weren't out there enough, this time he's decided to team up with Zach Hill from the band Hella. You may not remember Hella, however you will likely remember the video for Biblical Violence floating around the net a few years back. Hill is the spastic man on the drums who I still have a difficult time wrapping my head around.

Still, El Grupo Nuevo should be an interesting project to follow, if only because it brings together some of the most unique musicians I can think of. Toss in a dash of Cedric Bixler-Zavala on vocals, and you can pretty much guarantee this is going to cause a few embolisms. The only thing I can't quite put my finger on is that if Omar and Cedric are doing a side project, isn't this just The Mars Volta, with a big 'fuck you' to their regular drummer?

-Feel that liquid soul flow