Presidential hopeful and ex-punk Beto O’Rourke used to be in a band with Cedric Bixler-Zavala of At The Drive-In and the Mars Volta. It’s a big part of his whole “cool guy” campaign, along with skateboarding and going to the dentist. In March, he said “it would be an honor to have the Mars Volta play anything along the campaign or in this presidency.” And that might actually happen! Today, Bixler-Zavala tweeted that a Mars Volta reunion is imminent.
A fan tweeted, “I dream with you guys giving TMV a new chapter,” to which Bixler-Zavala replied, “It’s happening.” Earlier this month, Bixler-Zavala tweeted that he and Mars Volta bandmate Omar Rodríguez-López “are in the kitchen finding new ways to through [sic] curve balls.” The band broke up in 2013, following their final album, 2012’s Noctourniquet. At the Drive In released a new album in 2017.
— cedric bixler zavala (@cedricbixler_) May 25, 2019
But I tell you what. We are in the kitchen finding new ways to through curve balls.
— cedric bixler zavala (@cedricbixler_) May 13, 2019
UPDATE: Bixler-Zavala offered more context in a since-deleted tweet:
What it’s NOT going to be is your ‘fav member lineup’ playing their ‘classic records’ in full etc. Maybe we’ll play old shit, who knows how we feel. Just remember our past campaigns never relied on playing requests or going fully backwards …it’s new shit, new people, left turns , tangent inconsistencies, mazapan dreams and churro wishes. I will say this though, when ORL played me a grip of new shit I fucking cried. Like Claire Daines in Romeo & Juliet cried. Yeah it was fucking weird. It’s in its infancy right now. No deadlines, no ball tripping, no drama, just 2 grown ass men using essential oils and bold new perfumes shooting ideas and scooting their ass across the fucking lawn trying to get rid of these worms.
He also promised the band’s catalog would be reissued in high quality “unlike that the fucking buffoon shit that universal bootlegged a couple years ago.”