The Mars Volta announce acoustic version of self-titled album, share reworked ‘Blank Condolences’

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The Mars Volta have announced an acoustic reworking of their self-titled 2022 album, and have released a stripped-down version of ‘Blank Condolences’ to mark the news.

The Texas-formed outfit released their self-titled album last September, which was their first LP in over a decade, as the follow-up to 2012’s ‘Noctourniquet’.

Now the legendary prog band – featuring Omar Rodríguez-López and Cedric Bixler-Zavala – have announced ‘Qué Dios Te Maldiga Mí Corazón’, an acoustic reworking of that 2022 comeback album.

As part of the news, and as a flavour of the forthcoming project, the band have released a “stripped-down” version of ‘Blank Condolences’, which you can have a listen to below.

In a message about the forthcoming “folk record”, due for release on 21 April, Rodríguez-López has spoken of how ‘Qué Dios Te Maldiga Mí Corazón’ came to be.

He said: “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 being.”

In February, the band announced solo UK shows alongside their tour with the Red Hot Chilli Peppers in Europe, dates of which are below.


16 Glasgow Barrowlands

17 Manchester O2 Apollo

18 London Troxy

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