Discover New Music is a music discovery service that gives you personalised recommendations based on the music you play.

Start your profile Close window

The Mars Volta


Everyone’s tags

More tags


El Paso, United States (2001 – 2013)

The Mars Volta were an American rock group formed in 2001 by guitarist Omar A. Rodriguez-Lopez and vocalist Cedric Bixler Zavala. They incorporate various influences including , , , and / into their sound. They are characterized for their energetic and improvisational live shows, as well as their concept-based studio albums.

The roots of The Mars Volta are found in the band At the Drive-In. Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, both members of At the Drive-In, formed an , -influenced side project called De Facto, which featured Bixler-Zavala on drums, Rodriguez-Lopez on bass, Isaiah Owens (AKA “Ikey”) on keyboards, and Jeremy Michael Ward on vocals, loops and sound effects.

Due to creative differences and discomfort with mainstream success, Rodriguez-Lopez and Bixler-Zavala quit At the Drive-In in 2001. The remaining members of At the Drive-In formed Sparta. By the time bassist Eva Gardner joined De Facto, they had changed their name to The Mars Volta. During 2001, the band recorded two songs with former-Laddio Bolocko drummer Blake Fleming and producer Alex Newport, which became their first demo. The lineup for their first public show at Chain Reaction in Anaheim, California was Rodriguez-Lopez, Bixler-Zavala, Owens, Gardner, Ward, and drummer Jon Theodore. This lineup recorded three more tracks with Alex Newport, which became the EP Tremulant, released as a limited edition in early 2002.


Top Albums

Listening Trend

1,005,010listeners all time
45,816,531scrobbles all time
Recent listeners trend:

Start scrobbling and track your listening history users scrobble the music they play in iTunes, Spotify, Rdio and over 200 other music players.

Create a profile


Leave a comment. Log in to or sign up.
  • JimmyTrigger

    de-loused is one of the best albums ever

    8 Sep 10:45pm Reply
  • Bought_New_Soul

    Their music could bring the dead back to life

    6 Sep 4:22pm Reply
  • TarityRacos

    stronk music. firm and solid.

    31 Aug 6:18am Reply
  • Feanorr

    29 Aug 3:42pm Reply
  • Flapjack24

    So much power in this songs

    26 Aug 2:11am Reply
  • ImSimpleEthan

    Frances The Mute is perfect.

    20 Aug 11:44pm Reply
  • Rom-Anas

    God, I love them! Everytime I listen to them it's like the first time. So glad Omar and Cedric back together again, ultimate combination!

    15 Aug 9:53pm Reply
  • moatilliatta12

    The Mars Volta honestly would not be good without influences of Eddie Palmieri, Jodorowsky, Andy Kaufman, Carlos Castaneda, James Brown, Max Ernst and John McLaughlin.

    15 Aug 9:23pm Reply
  • AnarchyBrony

    I think they'll be back. I mean, Cedric and Omar are best friends again, maybe they just need a break from TMV for now.

    14 Aug 1:22am Reply
  • grisha_leps

    прог блядь ну конечно

    3 Aug 9:20pm Reply
  • hashtagbluejay

    Okay I feel like a dumbass for not checking them out earlier. [2]

    2 Aug 5:36am Reply
  • cogira94

    Okay I feel like a dumbass for not checking them out earlier.

    29 Jul 4:44am Reply
  • arsar23

    great band. so unusual sound

    22 Jul 2:10pm Reply
  • TaynahSB

    Estou escandalosamente apaixonada por essa banda.

    15 Jul 2:34am Reply
  • mathpeal

    never heard a man speak like this man before

    14 Jul 6:39pm Reply
  • LucifereZ

    (2001 – 2013) :(

    5 Jun 9:41am Reply
  • V-Mayatnik

    Nocturniquet не хуже дебютника, но я согласен с тем что первый и... эмм "последнии" альбомы самые лучшие

    17 May 6:01pm Reply
  • Nick14Orlov

    De-Loused in the Comatorium - умопомрачительная работа. Шикарно! Аплодирую стоя. Такого они больше не выпускали. Фли на басу, бешеные барабанные партии, Омар еще не пытается выпендриться, а вокал - выше всех похвал. В последующих альбомах слушаются только отдельно выбранные композиции - здесь же всё по делу. Обычно слушал его в ночную смену в книжном магазине - орал не хуже Седрика.

    11 May 9:51am Reply
  • RationalGazerr


    7 May 3:01pm Reply
  • instant-nature

    What's going on?

    16 Apr 6:24pm Reply
  • All 12794 shouts

Listening Now

Top Listeners