Mars Volta's Cedric Bixler-Zavala Started Another Band

Zavalaz offers "lots of lap steel, a lot of Sunday morning stuff"

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Zavalaz arrive like a tumbleweed, disheveled and unannounced
Chris Martins WRITTEN BY
Chris Martins

Former Mars Volta frontman Cedric Bixler-Zavala has formally launched his new band, Zavalaz. His previous project famously imploded in January when guitarist Omar Rodríguez-López announced his new endeavor Bosnian Rainbows. But Bixler-Zavala let Volta fans know he felt they "deserved more," and now he'll have a chance to deliver.

In speaking to to SPIN last month, the At the Drive-In founder explained, "I've been working on my own record for a while now ... because being in the Mars Volta wasn't exactly the most nurturing moment to discover that I could write songs ... They're mostly songs that I was writing for my wife, lots of acoustic-driven stuff, lots of lap steel, a lot of Sunday morning stuff."

According to the Facebook page for the new band, Zavalaz will feature Bixler-Zavala on vocals and guitar, Dan Elkin on guitar and vocals, Greg Rogove of Megapuss on drums and vocals, and the Mars Volta's Juan Alderete de la Peña on bass and vocals. Under "Genre" they've written "AM Gold," and included what appear to be lyrics in the "About" section: "SHOOT MY POISON ARROW INTO THE BLINDING DARKNESS SHOOT MY POISON ARROW, AND LET LOVE COME WALTZING IN."

If that's not elucidating enough, Bixler-Zavala shared the following on Twitter:

A handful of tour dates with Dot Hacker and EV Kain are listed on the Zavalaz site. Tickets are now available, so gird your culo for impact. 

Zavalaz tour dates:

June 15 - Las Vegas, NV @ Artifice
June 16 - Pioneertown, CA @ Pappy & Harriet's
June 19 - Santa Barbara, CA @ SOhO Club
June 20 - San Luis Obispo, CA @ SLO Brewing Company
June 21 - San Francisco, CA @ Cafe Du Nord
June 22 - Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
June 24 - San Jose, CA @ The Blank Club
June 25 - Fresno, CA @ The New Starline
June 26 - Bakersfield, CA @ Elements Venue
June 28 - Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
June 29 - Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
June 30 - San Diego, CA @ Casbah

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