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THE MARS VOLTA LIVE MP3
On the Hellpaso
website you can download an entire set of live mp3 by The
Mars Volta, they are on the MAIN page.
They have announced some tourdates accross the States with Thursday,
you can check all dates here, or
go directly on the official
site. They have also put a webcam in their studio, so you can
see what they are doing right now (but the frames are not refreshed
THE MARS VOLTA TOUR DATES
The Mars Volta are touring troughout Europe in March, check all
dates here, or on the GSL
The Mars Volta page.
sorry for the lack of updates these last weeks, here's the latest
THE MARS VOLTA & DE FACTO
The first The Mars Volta release, a 3-title EP, Tremulant,
will come out on GSL
on late March 2002. De Facto has already release a new LP,
Légende du Scorpion à Quatre Queue,
a few months ago (november/december 2001) on a french
Mike Miller is the new Sparta bassist. They have also a brand
new design for their
official website (it seems now that DreamWorks Records manage
the site, first site version was runned by the band), so check it
They're actually recording their
debut full length album at Armoury Studios (Vancouver), the producer
is Jerry Finn, and they'll probably release it on early summer.
Before, on March-April, a 4-5 title EP, Austere, will be
available in some stores and at Sparta shows. It will contain only
new songs (not Air, Cut Your Ribbon and The Host
that were available for download) and Mike Major produced it.
Erick has left Sparta, more infos about
this on Hell
You can download a The Mars Volta song on Yellow
If you have seen Sparta on tour, you know that their
friend Gabe helped them, playing guitar and piano. Did you know
that he has his own band, Volador ? Their record is going
to be released in the next few weeks. Check out their site, voladormusic.com
to hear some mp3 samples.
SPARTA SIGNED ON DREAMWORKS
Blaze (manager) has announced on the Sparta
message board (10/24/01) that Sparta has been signed
on Dreamworks and that Sparta plans to record the album on
January (and may tour again after this) and then release it on late
spring / early summer. They are actually writing songs and re-writing
the ones they played on tour.
"Texan hardcore heroes At The
Drive-In have confirmed to TotalRock that they have split up.
Talking exclusively to us, guitarist Jim admitted that the band
had decided to make their current extended break a permanent situation.
Jim along with drummer Tony and bassist Paul are still
working together in new project Sparta. This sees Jim handling
all vocals, with Paul switching to guitar, and bass parts being
handled by old pal Erick."
This statement was taken from totalrock.com
(September 27, 2001), and if some infos are true (Jim seems to have
really said this), there's still no official statement from the
band about breaking up or not and their new
message board is still running, so they don't have totally
broke up, but chances that they will play again in a nearby future
are getting thinner and thinner. I've waited a bit to publish this
news to be sure that Jim really said this.
THE MARS VOLTA
They have recorded their new album but
it seems they are still looking for a label to release their EP
(it was planned on Grand Royal but GR is no more...). The album
is likely to sound like Vaya according to the few persons
who have heard their songs. The EP was produced by Alex Newport
(In/Casino/Out, Vaya, other album produced here),
and NO songs are available on internet (they are some songs from
Mars Volta on AudioGalaxy.com,
but they are from an italian electronic band).
You can listen to 3 Sparta demo
tracks (in mp3 format) on their official
site. Also, they are touring in USA on October, and one date
in Iceland. Click here to view all
GRAND ROYAL, RIP 1993-2001
(At The Drive-In, Beastie Boys, ...) is closed since
August 31 due to financial problems. Click here
to learn more.
The european "Defacto presents
The Mars Volta" tour have been cancelled, it seems they
have to stick around in California (thanks Genevieve).
08/25/01: Jim, Paul and Tony
are playing in a band called Sparta. Here's the line-up:
Jim Ward - Vocals, Guitar
Paul Hinojos - Guitar
Tony Hajjar - Drums
Erick Sanger -Bass
They've started to write some songs this month.
08/25/01: The Mars Volta (see previous info) will play an huge
amount of dates in September (with De Facto), October and
November. For more infos, see the news/concerts
06/29/01: The new De Facto (Cedric and
Omar's side-project) full-length
album, Megaton Shotblast, will be released on July 24 on
Announcing this new release in its newsletter, GSL
has also confirmed that Cedric & Omar (ATDI & De
Facto) and Ikey Owens & Jeremy Ward (De Facto) plays
with 2 other guys in a band called Mars Volta. Mars Volta
should play some shows in Europe in September, and they are said
to prepare an LP on GSL.
Jim, Tony & Paul may have also their own side-project band.
But this DOES NOT mean that At The Drive-In have broke up,
they've said that they wanted to take a hiatus for an indefinate
time. They could record an album in their alternative bands, and
then return playing together in ATDI. And they are still
looking to their message
board on Grand Royal, they have replied this week to a thread
about El Gran Orgo, saying that Offtime records have screwed
them up and "when you buy El Gran orgo you do not support
ATDI, you support DISHONESTY!!", so don't buy El
Gran Orgo, download it or grab it! (but support ATDI
by buying their others albums !)
De Facto (Omar and Cedric's side-project)
will play 4 dates on July in California:
11: San Francisco, CA - Slim's
12: Anaheim, CA - Chain Reaction
13: San Diago, CA - Che Café
14: West Hollywood, CA - The Troubadour
Facto will play at Club
101 (El Paso, TX) with Fugazi on April 9
03/28/01: all april tour dates have been cancelled. rumors
are saying that the band has broke up, but it has been denied by
Blaze (ATDI official message board's moderator). Omar: "After
a non-stop six-year cycle of record / tour / record / tour, we are
going on an indefinite hiatus. We need time to rest up and re-evaluate...just
to be human beings again and to decide when we feel like playing
03/27/01: added a tour date on April 14
03/25/01: facecrime.com is back
03/23/01: ATDI was on Zwei (a german tv channel) yesterday with
an interview + a concert, this may be broadcasted again saturday
03/17/01: De Facto album will be released on GSL instead of
03/06/01: ATDI and the Deftones have been lined up to play the
2001 Fuji Rock Festival. the show will take place in Niigata, Japan
at the Nabea Ski Resort on July 27th-29th (theprp).
03/06/01: according to theprp,
De Facto's next album will be entitled "Black Hot Chrome"
(a previously given name was "You Fight For Dub")
03/06/01: Guy Berryman (Coldplay bassist) and Jim may record
a country music album. a possible name for the album is "London
03/04/01: a message from Jim on ATDI's
official message board:
i just wanted to drop a line here, i dont come around this thing
much anymore. i guess i feel like it is for you all, and i want
to keep my nose out of it to a certain degree. it sure has been
a crazy few months, huh?
i had a few days off in london after we stopped the tour, and spent
some time with my friends and really relaxed and got healthy. everything
is good, and i wanted to make sure and put to rest any rumors.
we are taking a little time off
for a few reasons. at certain points it becomes obvious that you
need to step back and make sure you are doing things for the right
reason. we have had a great year, but it has been real busy...and
you start losing track of things. so, we are stepping back to look
at life and make sure we enjoy it. because that is super important.
the other reason for a bit of time
off is my wedding. i am marring a super wonderful girl, and i want
to enjoy that for a bit. it is an exciting time for me, and the
other guys are real happy and excited for kristine and me. our band
has always been a family, and families got to have sunday bar-b-q's...vegie,
of course...know what i mean.
anyhow, i just wanted to say thanks
for the support, we are very appreciative of everything that everyone
has done. we love you all, and look forward to seeing you soon.
02/22/01: the 5 last dates of ATDI european tour have been canceled,
3 of ATDI members had flu.
02/22/01: the De Facto album (ATDI's
dub side-project formed in 1997 with Cedric and Omar plus Ikey Owens
and Jeremy Ward (Jim's cousin)), produced by Mario Caldato Jr (Beastie
Boys) will be released this year. A single titled 456 132 015
is scheduled at Grand Royal in march (europe) then in april (u.s.)
with the songs 120 E7 and Vesica Pices.
02/20/01: the next ATDI single (released on March 6) will
be Invalid Litter Dept. The video was shot in Juarez, Mexico.