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Re: “CAGEMATCH: Jethro Tull vs. the Mars Volta

At the Drive-in, the band who gave birth to TMV, were hailed as "the greatest live band ever"...go ahead and look it up. The Mars Volta only amplify the schizophrenic
intensity in a combustion of melody & dissonance, a white-hot welding of the mundane and the esoteric - on stage and off.

Despite having been booed off many stages, the Mars Volta continue to deliver what is more of an experience than a show in live settings. The average
music fan will develop a schism of feeling alienated and completely enthralled by the eclectic barrage of noises emitted non-discreetly from the
profundal abyss of cryptic, original, multi-polar guitar riffage, energetic and busy drumming, and all around virtuosity on every instrument; from Isaiah
Ikey Owen's keyboard to Cedric Bixler-Zavala's far-reaching vocals.

Critics have tried desperately to label the Mars Volta, coming up with things such as "Latin groove, speed-metal precision, punk recklessness and jazz experimentation—in a prog-rock blender to create a deliciously putrid concoction" (Brian Geering, Glide Magazine).

All these attempts prove is that categorizing TMV is like asking what color a rainbow is.

The Mars Volta rock harder because they rock in a world where originality in music is opressed, and they rock despite the fact that they might never
have a single last on the radio for more than a month.

As good as Jethro Tull may have been, they were pioneers in a time where being a musician
WAS being a pioneer. The Mars Volta push the envelope in a world of cookie-cutters and wannabees, plastic and mass-production.

TMV Rock because they embrace the true sentiment of what "rocking" really means, in a world where it's meaning has been lost : They rock because they don't give a **** what people think.

Hopefully, they'll continue to take the high road by getting booe'd off stages for many years to come.

Posted by Jon on 03/21/2008 at 11:51 AM

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