At The Drive-In’s Omar Rodriguez-Lopez: ‘Reforming the band is a way to right my wrongs’

Guitarist says he was 'young' and 'self centred' when he split the group

At The Drive-In‘s Omar Rodriguez-Lopez has said that the band’s reunion is a way for him to “right my wrongs”.

The guitarist, who split the band in 2001 when he and singer Cedric Bixler-Zavala formed The Mars Volta, told BBC Radio 1‘s Zane Lowe that he was glad the band had decided to reunite to play this spring’s Coachella festival.

He said:

It’s a way to right my wrongs. When I split up the band I was very young and self-centred.

He also described how Bixler-Zavala had convinced him that reforming was the right decision, adding: “Cedric said ‘I know The Mars Volta is your baby and it’s always been your vision but lighten up, it’s 11 years later and it could be fun’. And I’m glad he did that.”

“We got into a room together just to play music and see what happened. We knew if we got into a room together we’d know within five minutes whether it was a good idea or not. The chemistry was still there.”

At The Drive-In split in 2001 at the height of their popularity after the release of their ‘Relationship Of Command’ album, with the remaining three members went on to form the band Sparta before bassist Paul Hinojos joined The Mars Volta between 2005 and 2009.

Bixler-Zavala hinted in 2009 that the band could reform in the future after he had been in discussion with their former members.

At the time he said: “We’ve been making amends with a lot of the members and having some really good talks with them. We’ve been trying to get our financial business in order because a lot of people have been ripping off that band really badly.”

To read an exclusive interview with At The Drive-In, pick up up this week’s issue of NME, which is on UK newsstands from tomorrow (February 15) and available digitally.