The Mars Volta – End of an Era (2001 – 2013)

25 Jan

All the great things of the world must come to a close. It is difficult to watch a band you love move on to other things, but you must let them go, like when you let your children go off to school for the first time. Their music will always be there to listen to and surely there will be new music for them to create in the future, after all, they built themselves out of the ashes of At The Drive-In. No one ever imagined this group would do anything in the first place; I remember having tickets to go see them when they first came on the scene and Flea was filling in on bass for their early shows. I let the $10 tickets burn a hole in my pocket because the weather was crummy that night and I couldn’t imagine I was missing much  I was wrong.

The Mars Volta is such a unique blend of genres, and they had such a vibrantly aggressive yet very organic sound. Every album they released was such a different experience and you never knew what you were going to get. Even when they changed drummers, guitarists, or other members, the results were always excellent. They have been musical innovators during the past decade and while their commercial success (strong for their arena) was nothing sublime, they are one of the most daring and creative acts of the 2000’s and will be missed in the rock scene. RIP.

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