The follow-up to the Mars Volta's 2003 album 'De-Loused In The Comatorium' has been given a name. The four-piece has titled the record 'Frances The Mute', but still haven't set a release date for the album. The reason for the lack of release date is because the experimental rockers have yet to leave the studio, therefore they can't possible predict when 'Frances The Mute' will hit shelves at this point.
As many probably know, the cover-art of the Mars Volta's debut album was quite memorable. Depicting a solid gold head on a plate, with a stream of light emitting from its mouth, the photograph was the talk of many music circles.
Responsible for the artwork was legendary artist Storm Thorgerson, who has also agreed to do the cover for 'Frances The Mute'. Over the course of his career Thorgerson has provided the cover-art for Pink Floyd's 'The Division Bell', Zeppelin's 'Houses Of The Holy' and the Cranberries' 'Bury The Hatchet', among many, many others.
Included in the line-up of the Mars Volta are two former members of the critically acclaimed band At The Drive-In – Cedric Blixer and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez. Splitting down At The Drive-In even further, Omar Rodriguez-Lopez opted to release a solo album called 'A Manual Dexterity – Soundtrack Volume 1' in August.
For constant updates on 'Frances The Mute' go to the Mars Volta site at www.marsvolta.com.