View Full Version : Band Thread V1. - THE MARS VOLTA - ATDI

High Priest
12-15-2004, 02:56 AM
Im going to assume that there is a fair amount of user's on 12oz who have, at some point listend to one of or both of these bands. I like both - so here's a thread that cover's bio's/ history/ discography of both bands. *This information will be taken from other site's.

At The Drive In:"Combining emotional melodies and an upbeat rhythm moving at an unpredictable rate, At the Drive-In definitely stuck out in their hometown El Paso, TX. Formed in early 1994, the group debuted soon after with their first EP, Hell Paso, followed by a brief tour across the Lone Star state. With a lineup secured around Cedric Bixler (vocals), Omar Rodriguez and Jim Ward (guitar), Paul Hinojos (bass) and Tony Hajjar (drums), At the Drive-In continued on with a second EP (Alfaro Vive, Carajo!) and toured mostly empty houses and clubs across the western United States. A small gig in Los Angeles -- with an audience consisting of only nine people -- somehow got the attention of Flipside Records, who released the band's first full-length Acrobatic Tenement in 1996. With constant energy and a stubborn enthusiasm to continue, At the Drive-In began to develop an audience, helped out by constant touring and word-of-mouth hype. Their 1997 follow-up EP El Gran Orgo had more of a melodic bite, but their musical depth and originality still remained. In Casino Out followed in 1998, and 2000 saw the release of Relationship of Command. After the band went on indefinite hiatus in 2001, Bixler and Rodriguez formed the Mars Volta, while Ward, Hajjar, and Hinojos moved on to Sparta."

Omar Rodriguez: Guitar #2 - background vocals
Tony Hajjar: Drums
Jim Ward: Guitar #1 - keyboards - background vocals
Paul Hinojos: Bass
Cedric Bixler: Vocals


*Full Lenth's
February 1996 - Acrobatic Tenenement
CD / Vinyl
label: Flipside Records / Restart Records
01. star slight
02. schaffino
03. embroglio
04. initiation
05. communication drive-in
06. skips on the record
07. paid vacation time
08. ticklish
09. blue tag
10. coating of arms
11. porfirio diaz

September 1997 - El Gran Orgo
CD ep
label: One foot / Offtime
01. give it a name
02. honest to a fault
03. winter month novelty
04. fahrenheit
05. picket fence cartel
06. speechless

July 1998 - In/Casino/Out
CD / Tape
label: Fearless Records
01. alpha centauri
02. chanbara
03. hulahoop wounds
04. napolean solo
05. pick pocket
06. for now... we toast
07. a devil among the tailors
08. shaking hand inscision
09. lopsided
10. hourglass
11. transatlantic foe
+ 2 extra songs on japanese versions

July 13, 1999 - Vaya
CD / Vinyl
label: Fearless Records
01. rascuache
02. proxima centauri
03. ursa minor
04. heliotrope
05. metronome arthritis
06. 300mhz
07. 198d

September 12, 2000 - Relationship of Command
CD / Vinyl
label: Grand Royal
01. arc arsenal
02. pattern against user
03. one armed scissor
04. sleepwalk capsules
05. invalid litter dept.
06. mannequin republic
07. enfilade
08. rolodex propaganda
09. quarantined
10. cosmonaut
11. non-zero possibility
12. catacombs (only for european and japanese versions)
13. extracurricular (only for the japanese version)

produced by Ross Robinson

* Singles and Split's
March 5, 2001 - Invalid Litter Dept.
CD single / Vinyl
label: Grand Royal

CD 1:
01. Invalid litter dept
02. Initiation (7)
03. Quarantined (Lamacq version)
04. Take up thy stethoscope and walk (Lamacq version)
05. Metronome arthritis

CD 2:
01. invalid litter dept.
02. take up thy stethoscope and walk (lamacq version)
03. metronome arthritis
04. at the drive-in tv ad (interactive element)

December 1, 2000 - Rolodex Propaganda
CD single / Vinyl
label: Grand Royal
01. rolodex propaganda
02. one armed scissor
03. extracurricular

October 2000 - ATDI / Murder City Devils
label: Buddyhead
1 song for each band. the ATDI title is "rascuache", remixed by the Latch Brothers

out of print

July 18, 2000 - One Armed Scissor
CD single / Vinyl
label: Grand Royal
01. one armed scissor
02. pattern against user
03. incetardis

April 13, 2000 - ATDI / Sunshine
CD / Vinyl
label: Thick Records / Big Wheel Recreation
01. streamline - sunshine
02. dead electro mix - sunshine
03. line mix - sunshine
04. extracurricular - atdi
05. autorelocator - atdi

February 2000 - ATDI / Burning Airlines
label: Thick Records
1 song for each group. ATDI's song is "catacomb", produced by Mike Majors (not like the Relationship Of Command version, produced by Ross Robinson)

November 1998 - ATDI / Aasee Lake
label: Nerd Rock Records
featuring the ATDI song "doorman's placebo" recorded during the In/Casino/Out sessions

June 1995 - Alfaro Vive, Carajo!
label: Western Breed / Offtime
01. bradley smith
02. instigate the role
03. ludvico drive-in
04. circuit scene

re-edited in CD format by Headquarter

December 1994 - Hell Paso
label: Western Breed / Offtime
01. grand mox turkin
02. red planet
03. emptiness is a mule



Most info taken from : here (http://rolodex.free.fr)

High Priest
12-15-2004, 03:03 AM
"Picking up the pieces from At the Drive-In, Cedric Bixler and Omar Rodriguez formed the Mars Volta and wasted little time in branching out into elements of hardcore, psychedelic rock, and free jazz that expanded on the boundaries of their previous work. Although their previous band's demise ultimately arrived before they were able to truly capitalize on their mounting commercial triumphs, the Mars Volta immediately impressed with their willingness to eschew conventional logic and push themselves into new artistic directions instead of opting for the more marketable sounds. Interestingly, their progressive yet streamlined approach gave them the early lead among critics against their former bandmates in Sparta, the more emo-leaning of the bands resulting from the split. Enlisting friends Ikey Owens (also of the Long Beach Dub All-Stars) and Jeremy Michael Ward onboard, having played with both in their progressive dub side project De Facto, their debut EP, Tremulant, arrived in 2002. Still, as much of their reputation was built on the strength of their live show, their highly energetic performances resulted in a wave of word-of-mouth hype that elevated the band to near-mythic proportions."

Cedric Zavala - Vocals
Omar Rodriguez-Lopez - Guitar
Jon Theodore - Drums
Juan Alderete - Bass
Isaiah Owens - Keyboards


*Full Length's
De-Loused in the Comatorium
A fully realized concept album inspired by the suicide of a close friend of Mars Volta founders Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Cedric Bixler-Zavalas, De-Loused in the Comatorius narrative consists of fantastic worlds and adventures that Cedric imagines the friend experiencing while in a coma following an unsuccessful suicide attempt. Although the story ends tragically, the creators insist that this is a celebration of the adventurous and daring life that their friend lived.

European Tour Sampler
GSL 50 FROM SKYSCRAPER ISSUE #13: A free copy of the GSL 50 CD compilation is also included, with songs from Chromatics, Vaz, The Mars Volta, JR Ewing, I Am Spoonbender, Living Science Foundation, Neon King Kong, Kill Me Tomorrow, Pleasure Forever, The Locust, Rash Modernaire, The Pattern, Sunshine, The Starvations, Gogogo Airheart, The Vanishing, Soiled Doves, Starlite Desperation, and Subtitle.


Rock Sound Music With Attitude #50
Included in July 2003 Issue of Rock Sound magazine.

High Priest
12-15-2004, 03:04 AM
Inertiatic ESP CD

decu goldyn1
12-15-2004, 03:48 AM
funny in an odd way
i was walking in the back of my housing today and some one was playing
inertiatic - and i felt the need to go find the album...good shit indeed - i can't even comprehend what most of the lyrics mean

12-15-2004, 04:26 AM
I love atdi and mars volta...i remember coming back from a buisness trip in central america and i had inertiatic esp playing on the headset and i look down and i can see through the clouds at the people playing on the beach, i love their music and they hold their position as my favorite band of all time.

12-15-2004, 05:28 AM
atdi is easily one of my favorite bands...

i dig mars volta too, but they just arent the same for me

Swiffer Jet
12-16-2004, 04:03 PM
What about Sparta..?

test pattern
12-16-2004, 08:41 PM
Originally posted by splint2@Dec 15 2004, 05:28 AM
atdi is easily one of my favorite bands...

i dig mars volta too, but they just arent the same for me
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12-17-2004, 06:10 PM
ya atdi adn tmv are easily one of my fave bands ever..as for tmv's lyrics..i understand 70% of what they all mean...most of the words are just poetically writen, cedric had loads of help from band mate jeremy ward (rip)... who was a poet/artist himself. as for tmv now, omars lil bro joined the band on bongos/congos..but u can tell with jermeys passing cedrics lyrics have well become more easy to comprehend..ill try and find the link to there new single of "francis the mute"..its called "the widow" im sure if u type it into google ull find it

Yellow Feets
12-18-2004, 06:38 AM
Yeah, I heard about them from all the hype going on the net. They're pretty good. I'm still adjusting to dude's vocals though. A little too high pitch for me but I can handle shit. Has anyone seen them live?

High Priest
12-18-2004, 11:02 AM
Ive seen Volta live on 2 occasions, once for the show at the wiltern (where they debuted "the widow") and once opening for APC - who i didnt stay for, infact quite a large portion of the audiance left once Volta finished their set. As far as Cedric's voice, on the new material you can tell he has worked alot on control and his falsetto sound's much better...

12-18-2004, 04:47 PM
Originally posted by High Priest@Dec 18 2004, 11:02 AM
Ive seen Volta live on 2 occasions, once for the show at the wiltern (where they debuted "the widow") and once opening for APC - who i didnt stay for, infact quite a large portion of the audiance left once Volta finished their set. As far as Cedric's voice, on the new material you can tell he has worked alot on control and his falsetto sound's much better...
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lucky bastard..haha..i wanted to see them in vancouver, but it sold out in like 4 hours...and i have that song on bootleg..

umm , ive only seen them live on video..and man, i wann be in the crowd when that shit goes down..and if anybody wants anyvideos from either atdi or mars volta just pm me.

High Priest
12-19-2004, 08:35 PM
Yea, thats a problem with Volta show's they sell out within minutes of going on sale - The show at the Wilter sold out in i believe it was around 10-12 minutes, and due to overwhelming demand they played two other shows back to back, which was great - i had a couple of friends go to all threee shows, but the tickets were not cheap so i wasnt lucky enough to do the same.

If you ever get the chance to see them live i recommend it, the material sounds just as strong live as it does on the album, and there is alot of improv. - so you hear alot of things that are specific only to that night.

decu goldyn1
12-28-2004, 01:52 AM
...so ah what's all this frances the mute talk about...does anyone have info on it? is it out?

High Priest
12-28-2004, 06:42 AM
Originally posted by decu goldyn1@Dec 28 2004, 01:52 AM
...so ah what's all this frances the mute talk about...does anyone have info on it? is it out?
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WHAT YOU WANT TO KNOW. (http://www.goldstandardlabs.com/)

decu goldyn1
01-10-2005, 05:26 AM
mars volta en billboard (http://www.billboard.com/bb/daily/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1000747744)
yea so ^^^there's an article about frances the mute taken from billboard
and this is the tracklisting so far
madness i hope its good i'll wait till march i don't feel like bootlegging this one

"Cygnus...Vismund Cygnus"
A. "Sarcophagi"
B. "Umbilical Syllables"
C. "Facilis Descenus Averni"
D. "Con Safo"

"The Widow"
"L' Via L' Viaquez"

"Miranda That Ghost Just Isn't Holy Anymore"
A. "Vade Mecum"
B. "Pour Another Icepick"
C. "Pisacis (Phra-Men-Ma)"
D. "Con Safo"

"Cassandra Gemini"
A. "Tarantism"
B. "Plant a Nail in the Navel Stream"
C. "Faminepulse"
D. "Multiple Spouse Wounds"
E. "Sarcophagi"

High Priest
02-01-2005, 07:16 AM
The single "The Widow" has a video that can be downloaded from the official Volta Website, as well as be seen on MTV.

High Priest
03-01-2005, 05:37 AM
"Frances The Mute " (Frances the talking mule?) in stores/ available as of tommorow.

03-02-2005, 09:43 PM

High Priest
03-03-2005, 07:28 AM
Originally posted by cantinflas@Mar 2 2005, 09:43 PM
Quoted post

Im totally not against sparta, but i just dont care at all for the music they have put together - feel free to post all about sparta in here - maybe i should have included them...meh.

Dr. Dazzle
03-05-2005, 04:00 AM
Sparta are good.
Mars Volta are better.
ATDI top them both.
The end.

03-14-2005, 10:38 AM
yes, ATDI for sure...i played one armed scissor out until my ears bled.

Yellow Feets
03-14-2005, 08:09 PM


03-15-2005, 08:30 AM
green tobacco + televators = excellence

the sounds of the forest come alive