[Cover photo credit to Clemente Ruiz]
The Mars Volta have released Que Dios Te Maldiga Mi Corazón, an acoustic and reimagined version of their 2022 comeback album The Mars Volta. This acoustic rendition furthers “the mission” of the source music, and album which drew into sharper focus the traditional Latin influences that have always inspired Omar Rodríguez-López and Cedric Bixler-Zavala.
Rodríguez-López says this is The Mars Volta’s version of a “folk record”, tracing the elements of the parent album back to their traditional Caribbean roots.
The band previously released the singles “Blank Condolences (Acoustic)” and “Palm Full of Crux (Acoustic)”. The songs on the album are re-orchestrated and set to the traditional Caribbean rhythms that Rodríguez-López grew up on.
For Rodríguez-López, Que Dios Te Maldiga Mi Corazón is a long-held dream, finally coming true:
I realized I could finally make a record like this now, I just had to make it happen. That was the experiment. And it was super-fun. I feel like The Mars Volta is finally beginning – that’s why the last album was self- titled, because we’ve finally stripped everything away and arrived at what the whole concept was at the beginning. And this acoustic version comes from a profound place, with its own meaning and philosophy, and its own reason for be- ing.
The Mars Volta are set to headline upcoming shows that will take place this May and include performances at Shaky Knees Festival in Atlanta, Welcome To Rockville Festival in Daytona, FL and a show supporting Red Hot Chili Peppers in San Diego, CA.
The Mars Volta – Upcoming headline tour dates
May 5 – The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA (Shaky Knees pre-show)
May 6 – Shaky Knees Festival – Atlanta, GA
May 9 – The Criterion – Oklahoma City, OK
May 10 – Revel – Albuquerque, NM
May 12 – Snapdragon Stadium – San Diego, CA w/ Red Hot Chili Peppers, Thundercat
May 13 – Marquee Theatre – Tempe, AZ
May 14 – Abraham Chavez Theatre – El Paso, TX
May 16 – Tech Port Center & Arena – San Antonio, TX
May 18 – Orpheum Theatre – New Orleans, LA
May 19 – 713 Music Hall – Houston, TX
May 21 – Welcome To Rockville Festival – Daytona Beach, FL
Tickets on sale for below dates on Friday, April 28 at 10AM local time.
September 13 – Uptown Theater – Minneapolis, MN
September 15 – GLC Live at 20 Monroe – Grand Rapids, MI
September 16 – Agora Theater – Cleveland, OH
September 19 – The National – Richmond, VA
September 20 – Rams Head Live! – Baltimore, MD
September 22 – Kings Theatre – Brooklyn, NY
September 25 – MTELUS – Montreal, QC
September 27 – Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA
September 29 – Old Forester’s Paristown Hall – Louisville, KY
September 30 – The Andrew J Brady Music Center – Cincinnati, OH
October 1 – Ryman Auditorium – Nashville, TN
October 3 – The Factory at The District – St. Louis, MO
October 8 – Uptown Theater – Kansas City, MO
October 9 – Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Denver, CO
October 11 – The Union Event Center – Salt Lake City, UT