The Mars Volta have split up. Last night (Jan. 23), in a series of tweets, the Texas prog-rockers’ Cedric Bixler-Zavala wrote, “I can't sit here and pretend any more. I no longer am a member of Mars Volta.” Zavala added, "Sadly, it's over.”
Zavala didn’t state a reason for the split, but he did refer to a disagreement he and band partner Omar Rodriguez-Lopez had regarding mounting a North American tour last year. Zavala wanted to tour, but Rodriguez-Lopez did not.
Subsequently, Zavala started another group called Bosnian Rainbows. "I tried my hardest to keep [Mars Volta] going, but Bosnian Rainbows was all we got instead," Zavala tweeted. He thanked Mars Volta's followers for "[caring] about our band,” adding that to pretend the breakup was merely a hiatus would be “an insult to the fans." “All I can do is move forward with my music and just be happy that Mars Volta ever happened at all," he wrote.