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With the name De Facto there exist at least four bands.

1. De Facto were a / side project of Cedric Bixler Zavala, and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez of The Mars Volta, keyboardist Isaiah Ikey Owens, and soundman Jeremy Michael Ward.
2. De Facto is a greek / band from Edessa/Thessaloniki.
3. De Facto is a Hungarian christian / band
4. De Facto is a Silesian / band

1. The original band consisted of Omar, Cedric, and Jeremy playing local shows around their home town, El Paso, Texas. Cedric says, “Yeah actually we used to be called the Sphinktators, that was early De Facto, just more .” Omar was actually the singer of the Sphinktators and remembers, “We used sounds, Cedric played the bass, Jeremy played guitar, and Ralph played drums.” After their first recording they brainstormed the name ‘De Facto Cadre’ Dub’, which was later shortened to De Facto. That recording became How Do You Dub? You Fight For Dub, You Plug Dub In, which they released on Headquarter Records, now known as Restart Records. Omar met Ikey at a show and they exchanged numbers and then Ikey met up with them during one of their shows and joined De Facto as their keyboard player midshow.

Their next album, Megaton Shotblast! was released on the Gold Standard Laboratories label, and received instant success, probably in part due to the popularity of At The Drive-In.


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