History Music / TheMarsVolta

24th May '17 9:57:41 AM SinNanna
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* SubduedSection: Most of their long songs have one. "Cicatriz ESP" and "Frances the Mute" have especially creepy examples.
22nd Jan '17 12:23:37 PM CassandraLeo
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** ''Frances the Mute'': Based on a diary found by the band's late audio manipulator, Jeremy Ward, in the backseat of a car in his days as a repo man. The journal described a man's search for his biological parents. The names of those who led him to his parents were altered to create the titles of the songs. In the album's story, Vismund Cygnus goes searching for his mother Frances. [[spoiler: Turns out Cygnus and the people he spoke to were split personalities of Frances' that came about after she was raped by priests, hence every character's aversion to the church and why Frances went mute; she (or her personality Cassandra) ends up killing the priests at the end of the narrative.]]

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** ''Frances the Mute'': Based on a diary found by the band's late audio manipulator, Jeremy Ward, in the backseat of a car in his days as a repo man. The journal described a man's search for his biological parents. The names of those who led him to his parents were altered to create the titles of the songs. In the album's story, Vismund Cygnus goes searching for his mother Frances. [[spoiler: Turns [[spoiler:Turns out Cygnus and the people he spoke to were split personalities of Frances' that came about after she was raped by priests, hence every character's aversion to the church and why Frances went mute; she (or her personality Cassandra) ends up killing the priests at the end of the narrative.]]



* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:Cerpin Taxt.]] This is pretty much a foregone conclusion since he's based on a real life friend of the band,[[spoiler: Julio Venegas, who committed suicide]].

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* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:Cerpin Taxt.]] This is pretty much a foregone conclusion since he's based on a real life friend of the band,[[spoiler: Julio band, [[spoiler:Julio Venegas, who committed suicide]].


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* NothingIsScarier: Their ambient interludes like the ones on "Cicatriz ESP" and various segments of ''Frances the Mute'' (particularly the title track) can definitely have this effect.


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* SplitPersonality: The most common interpretation of ''Frances the Mute'' is that [[spoiler:the named characters are split personalities of the title character that were created as a coping device after she was raped by priests. At the end of the album she, or her personality Cassandra, kills the priests.]]
22nd Jan '17 12:15:18 PM CassandraLeo
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** As for the other two albums, ''Amputechture'' didn't have a specific story but was all about organized religion [[ReligionIsWrong and the things the band didn't like about it]]; while ''Octahedron'' had one or two songs being about reacting to the Republicans winning the election at the time, or the Salem witch trials.

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** As for the other two albums, ''Amputechture'' didn't have a specific story but was all about organized religion [[ReligionIsWrong and the things the band didn't like about it]]; while ''Octahedron'' had one or two songs being about reacting to the Republicans winning the election at the time, time ("Teflon"), or the Salem witch trials.trials ("With Twilight as My Guide").


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* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: According to an interview Cedric gave while promoting ''Octahedron'', the story of ''The Bedlam in Goliath'' is intended to be a metaphor for the way women are treated in Islamic countries.


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** ''Octahedron'' has several songs that refer to kidnappings and ransoms, which Cedric has said occur commonly in Latin cultures. The band had two friends from Texas who disappeared without explanation, and they never knew "whether they simply took off or if they met with foul play".
21st Jan '17 3:13:18 PM CassandraLeo
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Rodríguez-López and Parks went on to form a new project, Bosnian Rainbows. In addition, Rodríguez-López, Bixler-Zavala, and Hinojos' previous band, [[Music/AtTheDriveIn At the Drive-In]], has reunited, although there are no current plans to record any new material. As of January 25, 2013 The Mars Volta has officially split up. As of April 2014, Rodriguez-López and Bixler-Zavala have [[http://www.nme.com/news/the-mars-volta/76609 formed a new project entitled Antemasque]] (also featuring former Mars Volta drummer Dave Elitch and Music/RedHotChiliPeppers bassist Flea). This hasn't resulted in a reunion of the Mars Volta yet, but Rodriguez-Lopez has [[http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/omar-rodriguez-lopez-on-epic-solo-album-series-new-at-the-drive-in-lp-20160711?page=5 indicated]] that he intends for one to happen; it seems to be mainly a matter of scheduling as to when (he wishes for founding members Eva Gardner and Jon Theodore to be involved).

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Rodríguez-López and Parks went on to form a new project, Bosnian Rainbows. In addition, Rodríguez-López, Bixler-Zavala, and Hinojos' previous band, [[Music/AtTheDriveIn At the Drive-In]], has reunited, although there are no current plans to record any reunited; they released a new material. single in 2016 and have a new album projected for 2017. As of January 25, 2013 The 2013, the Mars Volta has officially split up. As of April 2014, Rodriguez-López and Bixler-Zavala have [[http://www.nme.com/news/the-mars-volta/76609 formed a new project entitled Antemasque]] (also featuring former Mars Volta drummer Dave Elitch and Music/RedHotChiliPeppers bassist Flea). This hasn't resulted in a reunion of the Mars Volta yet, but Rodriguez-Lopez has [[http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/omar-rodriguez-lopez-on-epic-solo-album-series-new-at-the-drive-in-lp-20160711?page=5 indicated]] that he intends for one to happen; it seems to be mainly a matter of scheduling as to when (he wishes for founding members Eva Gardner and Jon Theodore to be involved).
9th Jan '17 1:52:43 PM CassandraLeo
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* LargeHam: Cedric Bixler Zavala is one of the hammiest vocalists in progressive rock, a genre ''full'' of large hams. If a song has an epic chorus, it's probably because Cedric is chewing the scenery throughout it.
14th Dec '16 12:14:31 PM CassandraLeo
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* WordSaladHorror: Some of their lyrics veer in this direction.

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* WordSaladHorror: Some of their lyrics veer in this direction. It's arguably the rule with them rather than the exception, honestly.
14th Dec '16 12:13:25 PM CassandraLeo
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* MusicalPastiche: The segment between "They tied a rope around her legs and let her hang for seven days" and "This never happened" in the song "Frances the Mute" sounds like it belongs on one of the first two [[Music/JohnMcLaughlin Mahavishnu Orchestra]] albums (which are an acknowledged influence on the band).

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* MusicalPastiche: The segment between "They tied a rope around her legs and let her hang for seven days" and "This never happened" in the song "Frances the Mute" sounds like it belongs on one of the first two [[Music/JohnMcLaughlin Mahavishnu Orchestra]] albums (which are an acknowledged influence on the band). Other portions of the song sound like they were dropped in from a SpaghettiWestern soundtrack (and arguably qualify as an EnnioMorriconePastiche).



* NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly: Their genre is hard to define, and has elements of Prog, Post-hardcore, Latin, and Electronic, amongst others.

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* NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly: Their genre is hard to define, and has elements of Prog, Post-hardcore, Latin, and Electronic, amongst others. They are most frequently classified as ProgressiveRock, but even though this trope is frequently considered a necessary component of prog, it doesn't feel like an adequate descriptor.
14th Dec '16 12:11:06 PM CassandraLeo
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Rodríguez-López and Parks went on to form a new project, Bosnian Rainbows. In addition, Rodríguez-López, Bixler-Zavala, and Hinojos' previous band, [[Music/AtTheDriveIn At the Drive-In]], has reunited, although there are no current plans to record any new material. As of January 25, 2013 The Mars Volta has officially split up. As of April 2014, Rodriguez-López and Bixler-Zavala have [[http://www.nme.com/news/the-mars-volta/76609 formed a new project entitled Antemasque]] (also featuring former Mars Volta drummer Dave Elitch and Music/RedHotChiliPeppers bassist Flea). This hasn't resulted in a reunion of the Mars Volta yet, but Rodriguez-Lopez has [[http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/omar-rodriguez-lopez-on-epic-solo-album-series-new-at-the-drive-in-lp-20160711?page=5 indicated]] that he intends for one to happen; it seems to be mainly a matter of scheduling as to when.

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Rodríguez-López and Parks went on to form a new project, Bosnian Rainbows. In addition, Rodríguez-López, Bixler-Zavala, and Hinojos' previous band, [[Music/AtTheDriveIn At the Drive-In]], has reunited, although there are no current plans to record any new material. As of January 25, 2013 The Mars Volta has officially split up. As of April 2014, Rodriguez-López and Bixler-Zavala have [[http://www.nme.com/news/the-mars-volta/76609 formed a new project entitled Antemasque]] (also featuring former Mars Volta drummer Dave Elitch and Music/RedHotChiliPeppers bassist Flea). This hasn't resulted in a reunion of the Mars Volta yet, but Rodriguez-Lopez has [[http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/omar-rodriguez-lopez-on-epic-solo-album-series-new-at-the-drive-in-lp-20160711?page=5 indicated]] that he intends for one to happen; it seems to be mainly a matter of scheduling as to when.when (he wishes for founding members Eva Gardner and Jon Theodore to be involved).
11th Dec '16 8:34:46 PM CassandraLeo
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* WordSaladLyrics. It's very ''expressive'' word salad though. Their Spanish lyrics are usually quite a bit less word salad-y.

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* WordSaladLyrics. WordSaladHorror: Some of their lyrics veer in this direction.
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It's very ''expressive'' word salad though. Their Spanish lyrics are usually quite a bit less word salad-y.
11th Dec '16 8:31:53 PM CassandraLeo
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* AltumVidetur: The song movement "Facilis descenus averni" translates as "Easy Is the Descent into Hell"; "Vade mecum" means "Go with Me"; "In absentia" is a legal term taken from Latin meaning "in absence" or "while absent".



* BilingualBonus: Several songs have Spanish lyrics and one ("Asilos Magdalena") is entirely in Spanish.

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* BilingualBonus: Several songs have Spanish lyrics and one ("Asilos Magdalena") is entirely in Spanish. Amongst song/movement titles, "Tira me a las arañas" is slightly misspelled Spanish for "Throw Me to the Spiders"[[note]]it should be "Tírame a las arañas"[[/note]], "Cicatriz" translates as "Scar", "Con safo" translates as "With Soap", and "Asilos magdalena" translates as "Magdalene Asylums". Meanwhile, "una cavaletta" is a term for woman who constantly tries to change her lover into a fantasy she has conjured.


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* GratuitousFrench: "Son et lumière" translates as "Sound and Light".
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