Mars Volta has mainly formed from the ashes of At the Drive In, a band whom I am not very familiar with apart from one or two songs and is the brain child of one of the better guitarists in the world today, Rodriguez Lopez. This is just the EP which they released in the run up to one of the most famous prog rock classics in the last decade, De-Loused in the Comatorium or some shit like that. I am reviewing this EP, even though it has only 3 songs just because it has one of my favorite songs, namely, Concertina, which I first heard on an Indian Radio Channel back in 2005. If you don’t know how shitty All India Radio is with regard to rock music, you don’t know how amazing that is.
Mars Volta’s USP lies in the fact that they combine a lot of latin and jazz rhythms and guitar to make (sometimes) really catchy and explosive songs. The vocalist boasts of At the Drive In in his Curriculum Vitae and sings in a falsetto. To me, they seem to be influenced a lot by indie music. In any case, if you haven’t heard them, you should, because this is one of the more idiosyncratic and powerful prog rock bands to come up in recent times. 2 out of the 3 songs on this EP are really worth your time, namely Concertina and Cut That City, so download both of them quickly. I shall review De-Loused in the Comatorium in more detail, but to the uninitiated I would suggest this EP before they decide whether the Mars Volta is their cup of tea or not, since their assault on the ears can get irritating at times, even to people like me not only because there is a lot of noise, but also because there are a lot of things going on, different time signatures, guitars, synths, all at the same time.