Beard Of The Day – April 21st – Cedric Bixler-Zavala


Much like the lineup decisions of of Joel Quenneville, the lyrics of At The Drive-In and Mars Volta lead singer Cedric Bixler-Zavala can be positively inscrutable. And while known more for his wild mop of curly hair that flails in the breeze during the wild and sometimes spastic live performances of both bands, Zavala often sports an equally unkempt beard.

At The Drive-In emerged out out of El Paso, TX in the late 90s and early aughts with post-hardcore bombast and a limitless array of tempo changes augmented by incredible live shows. But just as the band reached the apex of its popularity after the release of Relationship of Command in 2000, the band fractured into two offshoots- the more radio friendly (but still challenging) inclinations of guitarist and co-song writer Jim Ward and his band Sparta, while Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez formed the even more baffling Mars Volta, channeling their dormant prog rock inclinations. At The Drive-In has since reunited for the occasional one-off festival show, but new material seems out of the question. But no matter the project, Bixler-Zavala and his hair and beard will surely challenge listeners both in their patience hoping for a new ATDI release while also pushing new sonic boundaries.

  • mightymikeD

    The Mars Volta were dreadful proggy nonsense. At The Drive In ruled, though.. missed a chance to see them and have my band supporting the Willard Grant Conspiracy in Dublin in 2001 (?). Fucking food poisoning.

    • With you there. I completely sided with Jim Ward and Sparta in the ATDI divorce.

      • mightymikeD

        yup. Angry shouty hardcore fun beats Proggy noodling every day of the damn week.

        • KoltForty5

          Nothing gets me pumped up like listening to Quarantined at full blast.

      • mightymikeD

        also, hapy birthday MM.. and ATDI were the first band since RATM that made me want to jump out of my own skin with anger about social issues. That’s a Good Thing.

    • Hi, I’m Bob LeDonne

      My god. This is so wrong.

    • I saw Mars Volta right after their first album (which I really liked) came out. One of the top 5 worst shows I’ve ever seen. ATDI just kills though

  • MrNikopopoulos