Omar Rodriguez-Lopez (left) and Cedric Bixler-Zavala (right) of The Mars Volta with Robert Carranza (center) in Studio B at Ocean Way Recording in Hollywood. Photo: David Goggin.
The Mars Volta are recording their fourth album, The Bedlam in Goliath, at Ocean Way Recording in Hollywood with engineer Robert Carranza. Set for a fall release, bandmember Omar Rodriguez-Lopez is producing the record, as he did the previous two Mars Volta albums. Carranza is widely known and respected for his work with such artists as Los Lobos, Ozomatli, Jack Johnson, Beck, Eels, Molotov and Supergrass.
The Mars Volta is the creative partnership formed in 2001 between bandleader/composer/guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and lyricist/vocalist Cedric Bixler-Zavala. The band is known for its progressive rock, melded with jazz, punk and Latin influences. The Mars Volta is also notorious for its wild, energetic and highly improvised live shows, along with the use of ambient music.
The Mars Volta released their debut album, De-Loused in the Comatorium, in 2003. The band returned in early 2005 with their second full-length release, Frances the Mute. They also issued the live set, Scab Dates, later that year. Their third album, Amputechture (2006) featured the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ guitarist John Frusciante.