Presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke loves to remind us that he loves music. Throughout his campaign against Ted Cruz for a Senate seat last fall (he lost), he brought out Willie Nelson and Margo Price and Spoon and Travis Scott at his rallies. And in interviews, he often mentions how much he idolizes legendary punk Ian MacKaye.
O’Rourke biggest claim to fame, music-wise, is that he was once in a band with Cedric Bixler-Zavala, who would go on to bigger things with the bands At The Drive-In and the Mars Volta. And during a recent presidential campaign stop (via Metal Injection), he said that “it would be an honor to have the Mars Volta play anything along the campaign or in this presidency.”
That would, of course, require the Mars Volta to reunite: They went on hiatus in 2012, but the group’s members have expressed interest in a reunion. “That group is one of the most talented collections of individuals,” O’Rourke continued. “And I’m really proud that they’re from El Paso.”
A vote for O’Rourke is a vote for a Mars Volta reunion? You pick, America!