Experimental guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez of At The Drive-In and The Mars Volta has announced that he will be releasing 12 quick fire albums over the coming months.
The news comes just weeks after At The Drive-In cut short their latest reunion tour cancelling their remaining June and July dates. It is reported that the band have taken another hiatus due to singer Cedric Bixler-Zavala experiencing severe throat problems. It was to be the bands second full reunion tour after splitting up in 2001 and again in 2012.
The band seemed to have been cursed with bad luck even before the tour began when guitarist Jim Ward quit just after the reunion. Ward was replaced by Sparta guitarist Keeley Davis.
One thing for certain is that despite the misfortunes of his band, Omar Rodriguez-Lopez has shown no sign of slowing down his own musical progress, recording an incredible 12 albums between 2008 and 2013 whilst living in El Paso, Texas.
The albums will be released online through Ipecac Records with hard copies only being made available at Rodriguez-Lopez’s live shows. The albums will be titled: ‘Sworn Virgins’, ‘Corazones’, ‘Blind Worms Pious Swine’, ‘Aranas En La Sombrera’, ‘Umbrella Mistress’, ‘El Bien Y Mal Nos Une’, ‘Cell Phone Bikini’, ‘Infinity Drips’, ‘Weekly Mansions’, ‘Zapopan’, ‘Nom De Guerre Cabal’ and ‘Some Need It Lonely’.
‘Sworn Virgins’ is set to be the first release on July 15 with the remaining albums being released every two weeks until December 16. They will then be complied into a boxset in both CD and Vinyl record format for fans to purchase online.
Omar Rodriguez-Lopez is no stranger to hard work. He has released an impressive 26 solo albums (partly with the Omar Rodriguez-Lopez Group) since 2004. Releasing 12 in one year is something else all together and yet he never seems to compromise on quality.
Expect the usual high intensity, experimental brilliance of one of the most creative musicians of the last decade.