The Mars Volta at Glasgow Barrowland, 16th June


The Mars Volta at Glasgow Barrowland, 16th June

The Mars Volta are a hugely influential band and are in the UK for a short run of 3 shows, formed by guitarist/composer Omar Rodríguez-López and singer/lyricist Cedric Bixler-Zavala, The Mars Volta rose from the ashes of El Paso punk-rock firebrands At The Drive-In in 2001. On a mission to "honor our roots and honor our dead", The Mars Volta made music that fused the Latin sounds Rodríguez-López was raised on with the punk and underground noise he and Bixler-Zavala had immersed themselves in for years, and the futuristic visions they were tapping into.

The albums that followed were one-of-a-kind masterpieces, their songs of breath-taking complexity also possessing powerful emotional immediacy. After the group fell silent, a legion of devotees (including Kanye West) kept up an insistent drum-beat for their return.

A year after their self-titled seventh album announced the critically acclaimed return of Omar Rodríguez-López and Cedric Bixler-Zavala as The Mars Volta, the group recently released Que Dios Te Maldiga Mi Corazon in April, a potent reimagining of that reunion opus. Much more than a simple "un-plugged" version of The Mars Voltas 14 songs, this acoustic rendition furthers the mission of the source music, which drew into sharper focus the traditional Latin influences that have always inspired their music.

Catch them live at Barrowland Ballroom in Glasgow, 16 June 2023.

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