When The Mars Volta broke up a few months ago a lot of blame was put on guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez. TMV frontman Cedric Bixler Zavala went on a Twitter rant calling out Lopez and his fellow Bosnian Rainbows collaborator Teri Gender Bender. With Lopez and Bender in a relationship it seemed as though it was that tried and true story of a guy who chose the girl over his band. Bixler formally announced he was quitting The Mars Volta on Twitter with this statement:
Thank u 2 all VOLTA fans u deserved more especially after the way u rooted for us on this album. I tried my hardest to keep it going… But Bosnian Rainbows was what we all got instead. I can’t sit here and pretend any more. I no longer am a member of Mars Volta… I honestly thank all of you for buying our records and coming to our shows. You guys were a blast to play in front of. We could never had done it with out you. My dream was to get us to the point were Jon Theodore and Ikey Owens came back but sadly it’s over. Thank u a million times over for ever giving a f-ck about our band.
Rodrigruez-Lopez took the high ground praising his fellow At The Drive-In members in regards to their reunion and plugging Bixler's solo project despite the harsh words. It was also very obvious that Lopez was a lot more enthusiastic during live performances with Bosnian Rainbows than he had been over the past year with ATDI and TMV.
Bosnian Rainbows are currently on tour in Europe with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs but Austin will get a chance to weigh in on the new project when they perform May 29th at Red 7. [TICKETS]