THE MARS VOLTA returns with the single and the short film “Blacklight Shine”, first tour in a decade announced!
Breaking more than a decade of omertà, The Volta of Mars wake up from their long hiatus with the release of their new single and short film for “Blacklight Shine,” streaming now!
“Blacklight Shine” vibrates with a subtle brilliance, Caribbean rhythms underpinning a sophisticated and turbulent songcraft. The song features guitarist/songwriter Omar Rodríguez-López and singer/lyricist Cedric Bixler-Zavala at their most accessible with pop melodies that drive Bixler-Zavala’s story.
Watch the short film “Blacklight Shine” below:
The lyrics to “Blacklight Shine” help illuminate the idea of ”a wave of rolling breakdowns washing memories to shore, a heartbeat that still remembers everything,” Bixler-Zavala explains.
On June 19, a mysterious cube appeared in Grand Park in Los Angeles, California. ‘THE YTOME HODORXÍ TELESTERION’, an audio-visual art installation, has been erected to tell the story of the return of Mars Volta. Inside the cube, visitors were taken on a full and immersive journey through space, and where “Blacklight Shine” was first heard by the public. The experience inside the cube was meant to provoke self-reflection, with the fans’ sole guide on a journey through endless galaxies and back down to earth, to oneself. Those unable to attend ‘L’YTOME HODORXÍ TELESTERION’ in person can look forward to a digital experience on July 1.
Today the band also announces upcoming tour dates which will begin September 23rd at The Factory at Deep Ellum in Dallas, TX and conclude in Los Angeles, CA at the Palladium with special guest Teri Gender Bender. The following dates mark the first time the band has performed live since 2012.
Tickets will go on sale this Friday, June 24 at 10:00 a.m. local time at: www.themarsvoltaofficial.com
Mars Volta Tour Dates
September 23 – The Deep Ellum Factory – Dallas, TX
September 25 – Tabernacle – Atlanta, Georgia
September 27 – The Metropolitan Opera House – Philadelphia, PA
September 29 – Terminal 5 – New York, NY
October 1 – MGM Music Hall at Fenway – Boston, MA
October 3 – The Anthem – Washington, DC
October 5 – Massey Hall – Toronto, ON
October 6 – Royal Oak Music Theater – Detroit, MI
October 8 – Aragon Ballroom – Chicago, IL
October 11 – The Mission Ballroom – Denver, CO
October 14 – Moore Theater – Seattle, WA
October 18 – The Warfield – San Francisco, CA
October 21 – Hollywood Palladium – Los Angeles, CA
ABOUT MARS VOLTA
Trained by guitarist/composer Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and singer/lyricist Cedric Bixler-Zavala, The Mars Volta was born from the ashes of the punk-rock firebrands of El Paso At The Drive-In in 2001. On a mission to “honor our roots and honor our dead”, The Mars Volta created music that fused the sounds Rodríguez-López grew up on the punk, underground noise he and Bixler-Zavala had immersed themselves in for years, and the futuristic visions from which they drew. The albums that followed were one-of-a-kind masterpieces, their breathtakingly complex songs also possessing powerful emotional immediacy. After the band fell silent, a legion of devotees (including Kanye West) kept up an insistent drumbeat for their return.
Now – a year after “La Realidad De Los Suen?os”, a luxurious 18-LP box set compiling their catalog, sold out of 5,000 prints in less than 24 hours – The Mars Volta is back.
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