Video Car! …Prog On!
posted by December 12 at 14:02 PMon
Well, you gotta hand it to the Mars Volta, at least they’re doing what they feel like, because there is no way Universal could have thought this was a good idea. They’ve been making promo videos for the songs on their new album The Bedlam In Goliath and posting them on their website, and of course, they’re all pretty damn weird. Halfway through this video they stop the song and move all of their child-size instruments to the side of the road so a car can drive by a la Wayne’s World. Before the song is over Omar walks up to the camera and turns it off for because he’s “gotta go home.” At the end of the song he is “playing” a keyboard stand. The only thing a video like this accomplishes is telling the public that the band doesn’t care about criticism, and that’s exactly why I like it. Here’s how much thought went into the production: lets go out in the alley, set up a smoke machine, and play children’s instruments (not even pretending to play them along with the music most of the time) for ten minutes. It’s like they’re asking to be ragged on. I love that the band spent so much time creating the song itself - a long, excellently crafted, searing prog jam - only to introduce it to the public by setting up a camera in an alley and pretending to play around on toys. The Mars Volta obviously doesn’t give a shit, and that’s awesome, because if you’re going to play self-indulgent power prog there’s going to be a lot of haters (including probably every music writer at the Stranger but myself).
It’s too bad the band doesn’t seem to ever want to come back to Seattle again after someone threw piss at them at Endfest last year. They’ve announced dates for their album release, and, to no surprise, Seattle isn’t on the list. Again.