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Omar Rodríguez-López has a new band. The Mars Volta songwriter/multi-instrumentalist is calling it El Grupo Nuevo de Omar Rodríguez-López because it rolls off the tongue but he could also call it Hella Volta. That’s because alongside Omar the psych/prog/fusion outfit features Hella’s Zach Hill and Jonathan Hischke on drums and synth bass and Mars Volta’s Juan Alderete and Cedric Bixler-Zavala on bass guitar and vocals. Basically El Grupo is designed to kick your ass. Forthcoming debut LP Cryptomnesia (the first in a trilogy) was actually recorded as an instrumental in 2006. It took two years to add vocals, but we’ll cut Cedric some slack because some of those time signatures can give you a migraine.

The tracklist has me laughing and crying:
01 “Tuberculoids”
02 “Half Kleptos”
03 “Cryptomnesia”
04 “They’re Coming To Get You, Barbara”
05 “Puny Humans”
06 “Shake Is For 8th Graders”
07 “Noir”
08 “Paper Cunts”
09 “Elderly Pair Beaten With Hammer”
10 “Warren Oates”
11 “Fuck Your Mouth”

FYI the term cryptomnesia means “inadvertent plagiarism,” so that’s funny too. The joke’s on your mind’s eye:

Cryptomnesia is out 5/5 as the debut release of Rodriguez Lopez Productions (dude is a branding genius). You can pre-order the CD or (black) vinyl here. Three thousands copies of the LP will be available tomorrow for Record Store Day, but not sure where exactly, so let us know if you spot one.

Comments (13)
  1. this song makes my eyes twitch and my butt itch

  2. I Miss At the Drive-In  |   Posted on Apr 17th, 2009 0

    “Elderly Pair Beaten With Hammer”?? No AARP sponsorships or gigs at the Elks Lodge for this band..

  3. no  |   Posted on Apr 17th, 2009 0

    shoulda grabbed a different singer, cedric is just gonna drag this down to the level of the mars volta, who are kinda awful these days

    • exoskeleton  |   Posted on Apr 18th, 2009 0

      Cedric is a great singer, i hope you arent saying he isnt, cuz then you’re just wrong.
      But i agree with you 100% that mars volta lost a step. Lost a step as in i cant stand them post frances. Don’t know if i’d attribute that to all to cedric though.

  4. toastface  |   Posted on Apr 17th, 2009 0

    did he really have to put “the new group of…..” before his name, we get it

  5. i like this album.
    its’s ka-razy.

  6. i have it already, let me tell you, it will blow your brains out. zach hill kills. in a good way.

  7. the name sucks, but i’ve listened to a shitty qual version of it and its pretty sick, really out there trippy and brutal at times. a good listen. not very mars voltay. this shows promise for their new record which will hopefully be better than the last. I want another Frances.

    and yea, lets take Cedric off the vocals bc that guy can sing at all. right.

  8. xpab  |   Posted on Apr 18th, 2009 0

    volta fell off but this is sick

  9. guy  |   Posted on Apr 19th, 2009 0

    is it just me or zach hill > current volta drummer? but still < jon theodore

  10. RS  |   Posted on Apr 20th, 2009 0

    About 4 years ago, in San Francisco’s desolate Potrero Hill, I saw Omar sitting on a curb talking to a gal who seemed to be interviewing him. Dude is skinnier than my 1 year old nephew…seriously. Smallest latino I’ve ever seen.

  11. meloman  |   Posted on Apr 23rd, 2009 0

    I want another frances the mute…shut up…the last album goliat is the greatest album,,,,evolution people…the mars volta are amazing…..omar cedric love

  12. Kris  |   Posted on May 20th, 2009 0

    Don’t you hate it when “die hard fans’ of any given band complains when they change the slightest bit?
    “OH MY GOD IT”S NOT LIKE THEIR FIRST ALBUM”
    Fuck off, man. If they wanted to sound the same all the way through their career, they’d have named themselves “AC/DC” or “Green Day”.
    Besides, they said it themselves: Never listen to your fans.

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