The Mars Volta have recently finished work on their sixth album, which guitarist and songwriter Omar Rodríguez-López said marks the end of an era in the band’s songwriting.
“On this record, as with all the others, I wrote the music and then gave it to Cedric [Bixler-Zavala, bandmate],” he said. “But this is the last time I’ll do it like that. I want to collaborate more. I’ve had 10 years of kind of being a benign dictator in this band and I want to make it more like a democracy.”
He said the album has 13 songs and “is a simplified version of what we’ve done before”. The record is currently untitled and doesn’t have a release date yet.
Asked about continuing rumours that he would reunite with his former bandmates in At The Drive-In, Rodríguez-López said that there were no plans afoot. He did add “never say never” about a possible reunion, though.
The Mars Volta are set to return to the UK later in 2011 after their festival appearance for a full tour.
See Sonispherefestivals.com for more information about the festival.
The Sonisphere Festival line-up so far is:
All Time Low
The Black Dahlia Murder
Four Year Strong
House Of Pain
Kids In Glass Houses
The Mars Volta
One Minute Silence
Protest The Hero
Rise To Remain
Sisters Of Mercy
Six Hour Sundown
You Me At Six