Omar Rodriguez-Lopez

Omar Rodriguez-Lopez Biography

Omar Rodriguez-Lopez is band leader and musical composer of the writing partnership at the core of The Mars Volta. Along with vocalist/lyricist Cedric Bixler-Zavala, Rodriguez-Lopez has established himself as one of the most recognizable and influential rock artists of the early twenty-first century.

The duo first gained notoriety in 2000 with their group At the Drive-In, releasing their final album, Relationship of Command (Grand Royal), to rave critical reviews, and attracting a legion of fans worldwide. On the heels of the album's success, Rodriguez-Lopez and Bixler-Zavala dissolved the group and immediately formed The Mars Volta. Since 2002, the band have released a steady barrage of challenging and evocative albums and toured the world relentlessly. Rodriguez-Lopez has simultaneously amassed a growing catalog of off-the-beaten-path releases (often with the help of Volta members and various other colleagues), written and recorded between and often during the fast-paced touring, rehearsing and recording regimen he sets for The Mars Volta. He has toured Europe under the moniker The Omar Rodriguez-Lopez Quintet, and in late 2006 issued Please Heat This Eventually, an EP with the legendary Damo Suzuki (of Can fame).

In 2007, Rodriguez-Lopez will release a handful of solo projects. The first of these, Se Dice Bisonte, No Bufalo, sees the light of day in May. Recorded in 2005 in Amsterdam and California, Se Dice Bisonte, No Bufalo is a 10-track full-length album featuring performances by Volta members Bixler-Zavala, Marcel Rodriguez-Lopez, Juan Alderete de la Pena, and Adrian Terrazas-Gonzales, as well as appearances by Money Mark Ramos Nishita (Beastie Boys, etc.) and John Frusciante.

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