Over the past month, Bixler-Zavala has hinted that the two have been quietly working together
It appears that the Mars Volta are coming back. In response to a fan who tweeted “I dream of you guys giving TMV a new chapter,” Cedric Bixler-Zavala wrote, “It’s happening.” It’s not much in the way of confirmation, but as Consequence of Sound points out, a pair of Bixler-Zavala tweets from earlier this month hinting that he and Omar Rodríguez-López have been working in the studio. “We are in the kitchen finding new ways to through [sic] curve balls,” he told another fan.
In a follow-up tweet, Bixler-Zavala shed more light on the project:
What it’s NOT going to be is your ‘fav member lineup’ playing their ‘classic records’ in full etc. Maybe we’ll play old shit, who knows how we feel. Just remember our past campaigns never relied on playing requests or going fully backwards …it’s new shit, new people, left turns , tangent inconsistencies, mazapan dreams and churro wishes. I will say this though, when ORL played me a grip of new shit I fucking cried. Like Claire Daines in Romeo & Juliet cried. Yeah it was fucking weird. It’s in its infancy right now. No deadlines, no ball tripping, no drama, just 2 grown ass men using essential oils and bold new perfumes shooting ideas and scooting their ass across the fucking lawn trying to get rid of these worms.
Bixler-Zavala also promised that the band’s back catalogue will get high quality releases and knocked Universal for putting out “fucking buffoon shit” a couple years ago.
The Mars Volta’s last album was 2012’s Noctourniquet. The band broke up in 2013. Bixler-Zavala and Rodríguez-López launched a new project called Antemasque the following year, and in 2017, the reunited At the Drive In released a new album.