September 24, 2022

The Mars Volta performed their first present following a decade-long hiatus on Thursday (September twenty second), kicking off their much-anticipated 2022 run (seize tickets right here) at The Manufacturing facility at Deep Ellum in Dallas, Texas. In doing so, they proved that it’s potential to be sorely missed regardless of by no means actually going away.

Whereas the acclaimed prog-rock band was dormant, the minds behind it remained constantly prolific. In the course of the hiatus, guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and vocalist Cedric Bixler-Zavala revived that different extremely influential band of theirs, the seminal post-hardcore outfit On the Drive-In, to the tune of a brand new album and several other high-profile competition appearances, whereas discovering time to individually put out deep catalogs of solo work and facet initiatives.

Regardless of this fixed stream of output, a comeback from the duo as The Mars Volta nonetheless has the potential to fill a noticeable void. As music followers develop more and more weary of lo-fi manufacturing and two minute, social-media pleasant soundbites, there’s a definite area for extra theatrical and experimental artists. (Their equally flamboyant contemporaries in My Chemical Romance are additionally discovering nice success scratching this actual itch on their present tour.)

The Mars Volta are most recognized for his or her prog and psychedelic leanings, however their first Dallas present — the primary of two sold-out gigs of their dwelling state — served as a thesis assertion spanning a lifelong musical schooling, with no fascination too area of interest to be explored. Traditional favorites like “Roulette Dares (The Hang-out of)” and reside debuts of recent songs (“Graveyard Love”; “Blacklight Shine”) had been woven along with funky jazz fusion interludes harking back to Steely Dan and Can, Brian Eno-esque artwork rock, equally Eno-esque atmosphere and snarling punk guitar solos, typically inside mere breaths of one another.

All of those tangents had been met with overwhelming enthusiasm from the gang, who had been sport to seamlessly pivot from head banging to impromptu salsa dancing on a dime.

The Mars Volta, photograph by Carly Might Gravley

The self-titled album this tour is selling is a serious departure from their pre-hiatus work, with the band placing their bombastic prog sensibilities on the again burner and sporting their pop influences on their sleeve. This album cycle marks what often is the first time in historical past the place making subdued, mellow yacht rock is a daring artistic danger. Whereas important reception to this new route has been blended, followers in Texas made it clear they’re right down to go wherever the band takes them.

The overall feeling that permeated by means of the gang was that of a household reunion. Older Mars Volta followers who’ve adopted the band from the beginning (a few of whom had their children in tow) intermingled with a brand new era of listeners who tuned in in the course of the hiatus and thought they’d by no means get to see them reside. By the point the band completed their remaining track, longtime debut favourite “Inertiatic ESP,” the power within the room had reached a fever pitch and the gang was begging for an encore.

True to the spirit of the band, the encore by no means got here. They’ve at all times recognized when to finish on a excessive notice.

The Mars Volta Concert Review

The Mars Volta, photograph by Carly Might Gravley

The Mars Volta play one other evening at The Manufacturing facility in Dallas tonight (September twenty third), adopted by a cease at Tabernacle in Atlanta, Georgia, on Sunday (September twenty fifth). Tickets for these exhibits, and for the remainder of the tour, can be found through Ticketmaster.

Setlist:

Vicarious Atonement
Roulette Dares (The Hang-out Of)
Eriatarka
Graveyard Love
L’By way of L’Viaquez
Empty Vessels Make the Loudest Sound
Cygnus….Vismund Cygnus
Drunkship of Lanterns
Viscera Eyes
The Widow
Cicatriz ESP
Blacklight Shine
Televators
Son et lumiere
Inertiatic ESP

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