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The Mars Volta would have teased new music via an art installation

UPDATE (June 21, 2022): The Mars Volta have successfully previewed Art in the Park and released their first song in 10 years, “Blacklight Shine.” Listen now. Read the initial report on the art installation below.

The Mars Volta are publicly releasing new material, according to NME. The once-disbanded progressive rockers have set up a surprise audio-visual art installation in Los Angeles’ Grand Park.

Nicknamed “Voltacube”, it plays a new sound. The group calls it YTOME HODORXÍ TELESTERIO. Los Angeles fans can head to Olive Court in the city’s Civic Center grounds until Tuesday, June 21.

The Mars Volta, fronted by former At the Drive-In members Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, last released music in 2012 but split soon after. Three years ago, singer Bixler-Zavala almost confirmed her comeback on social media, saying, “It’s happening.”

In tweets since deletedthe singer added of a Mars Volta reunion, “What it’s NOT going to be is your ‘favorite member band’ playing their ‘classic records’ in full etc. Maybe we we’ll play some old shit, who knows how we feel. … It’s new bullshit, new people, left turns, tangent inconsistencies, mazapan dreams and churro wishes.”

Bixler-Zavala and Rodriguez-Lopez formed The Mars Volta after At the Drive-In split in 2001. At the Drive-In, Jim Ward formed Sparta. Au Drive-In briefly reunited in 2011 and 2016. Mars Volta duo moonlighted as garage rockers Antemasque in 2014.

Below, see the tweets with the location and dates of the installation. Spotify users will notice that the Mars Volta background art on the app also displays coordinates.

Tweets from Mars Volta – June 2022

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