Drawing on elements of punk, salsa, psych, prog and calculus, The Mars Volta’s music is a hyperreal mirror of their recent lives: a tense, triumphant, immeasurably complicated blur of sound, pain and breathtaking skill. “We’re trying to make it interesting,” guitarist Omar Rodriguez tells the Toronto Eye. “If the word ‘intricate’ falls under that definition, that’s what it is. It’s not like we’re consciously trying to be like, ‘Let’s make it as twisted as possible.'” Cedric Bixler added, “Punk rock and rock ‘n’ roll always falls into these rules you’re not supposed to break. And to me that’s what punk rock was about — not wearing the costume that made you obviously punk rock or following the rules musically or spiritually.” Eye.net has since removed the article.