The Mars Volta Return with First Song and Tour in Nearly 10 Years

June 22, 2022
The Mars Volta Return with First Song and Tour in Nearly 10 Years

The Mars Volta have released their first song in nearly 10 years, “Blacklight Shine,” which was released alongside an accompanying short film directed by Omar Rodríguez-López. Along with the single, the progressive rock band announced a string of tour dates set for fall.

Despite the lapse in time since the group released a single “Blacklight Shine” arrives as an unmistakable Mars Volta track – equipped with a quaking groove, and heavy psych rock energy. In a press release, Mars Volta vocalist Cedric Bixler-Zavala described the lyrics of their first release since their 2012 album, Noctourniquet, as “a wave of rolling blackouts washing memories onto shore, a heartbeat that still remembers everything.”

The arrival of the track was previewed with a public art installation in Los Angeles’ Grand Park. The installation was titled “L’Ytome Hodorxí Telesterion” and showcased a giant cube along with the song. A virtual online version of the installation is expected to arrive on July 1.

In conjunction with the release of “Blacklight Shine,” the Mars Volta announced a North American Tour, which marks their first, much like their last studio album, Noctourniquet, since 2012. They’ll start things off the Factor at Deep Ellum in Dallas on Sept. 23 and continue to perform for nearly a month until Oct. 21 when they’ll perform at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles. Find tickets and more information here.

Listen to “Blacklight Shine” below.

Mars Volta Tour Dates

Sept. 25 – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle

Sept. 27 – Philadelphia, PA – The Metropolitan Opera House

Sept. 29 – New York, NY – Terminal 5

Oct. 1 – Boston, MA – MGM Music Hall at Fenway

Oct. 3 – Washington, DC – The Anthem

Oct. 5 – Toronto, ON – Massey Hall

Oct. 6 – Detroit, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre

Oct. 8 – Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom

Oct. 11 – Denver, CO – The Mission Ballroom

Oct. 14 – Seattle, WA – Moore Theatre

Oct. 18 – San Francisco, CA – The Warfield

Oct. 21 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium