The Mars Volta say they write songs “egotistically,” on a plane of consciousness that depends on available enlightenment. “Most of us in the band are dropouts who never finished high school,” guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez tells LA Weekly. “Our knowledge of the world or words or music or anything else doesn’t come from classrooms. It comes from an unending interest in everything that surrounds us — dialects that people have made through the centuries to communicate with each other, or musical movements that have happened, or artifacts found in weird places, or pollution in rivers… It comes from being really in love with how fascinating and violent and unexplainable the world is.” Read more.
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