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The Mars Volta on the style of their new music: "Some people might see it as betrayal"

12 August 2022, 14:20 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

The Mars Volta have discussed negative comments about their new music, saying "some people might see it as betrayal".

In June The Mars Volta returned with "Blacklight Shine", and the next month they shared "Graveyard Love". At the start of August they delivered a third track titled "Vigil", and also shared news of their first album in a decade, and in a new interview with The Guardian, The Mars Volta discussed their return, and what they think of people reacting negatively to their new sound.

Speaking about fans reacting negatively to their new material, Cedric Bixler-Zavala said, "Some people might see it as betrayal. I’ve seen some people call it yacht rock. But yacht rock slaps so hard that hip-hop producers sample it all the time."

Omar Rodríguez López added, "Losing ‘fans’ is baked into what we do. I don’t know a greater happiness than losing ‘fans’. A true fan is someone interested in what’s happening now, and then there’s everyone else trying to control what you do or project on to it. I have an aversion to that. That sounds like school. That sounds like the government. That sounds like the police. And unfortunately that’s what a lot of people who think they’re fans end up thinking like."

Later, Bixler-Zavala said, "The most revolutionary thing we could do would be to make a pop record, really."

The Mars Volta will follow their 2012 album Noctourniquet.

The Mars Volta's self-titled album will be released 16 September via Cloud Hill, and is available to pre-order now.
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