Scab Dates

Scab Dates

by The Mars Volta
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Scab Dates

On their last studio offering, Frances the Mute, the members of the Mars Volta sounded as if they were clawing at the ceiling, trying to escape the studio and take up residence in the stratosphere. Well, this live set could be the soundtrack to the trip taken once the roof was torn off. Recorded over the course of two years' worth of live shows, Scab Dates showcases the band at their most gloriously excessive, culminating in a version of "Cicatrix" that nudges the 40-minute mark. Naturally, it would be possible to cut a little fat from that piece, but you'd be surprised just how little, what with the intrigue added by constantly shifting rhythms and the shaman-like interjections of Cedric Bixler, who looms large over the proceedings, even though he's not in front of the mic on every measure. Guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, the other key player here, balances his Fripp-esque obsession with technique -- most evident on the oscillating "And Ghosted Pouts" -- with an intuitive sense of rhythm that turns pieces like the woozy waltz "Concertina" into altered-state dance floor fodder. The latter element really elevates band past its proggy peers by proving that all the diminished ninths in the world don't mean a thing if you ain't got that swing.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/08/2005
Label: Umvd Labels
UPC: 0602498867884
catalogNumber: 000564402

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mars Volta   Primary Artist
Greg Nelson   Group Member
Paul Drake   Group Member
Keith Mitchell   Group Member
Amery AWOL Smith   Group Member
Isaiah Owens   Keyboards,Group Member
Jon Theodore   Group Member
Steve "Steev" Taylor   Group Member
Omar Rodriguez-Lopez   Group Member
Marcel Rodriguez-Lopez   Group Member
Jonathan Debaun   Group Member
Pablo Hinojos Gonzalez   Group Member
Jesse Isaacs   Group Member
Lalo Medina   Group Member
Jerry Riccardi   Group Member
Shaun Sebastian   Group Member
Joe Paul Slaby   Group Member
Henry Trejo   Group Member
Adrian Terrazas-Gonzales   Group Member
Cedric Bixler   Group Member
Juan Alderette   Group Member

Technical Credits

Omar Rodriguez-Lopez   Composer,Director,Producer,Art Direction
Jonathan Debaun   Engineer
Cedric Bixler   Composer,Art Direction

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Scab Dates 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love TMV. But, Omar just had to put in ambience into a live cd. The lives songs are great, but take a little getting used to, because Cedric has a different voice live. The jams are cool, but sometimes you find yourself waiting for the jam to be over and to start listening to the song again. 4/5
Anonymous More than 1 year ago