La Mars Volta denounces the American colonial domination of Puerto Rico with its latest release, “Graveyard Love” [Watch/Listen]

The Volta of Mars returned on Friday with the band’s second new release in ten years, “Graveyard Love.” The single arrived less than three weeks after the singer-led band Cedric Bixler-Zavala and guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez broke his decade-long silence with “Blacklight Shine.”

“Graveyard Love” carries a progressive, almost futuristic tone that continues to exemplify what The Mars Volta of 2022 will look like. The band that was ahead of its time 20 years ago continues to push the boundaries of what a progressive rock band can do musically. Meanwhile, the song’s lyrics evoke more than 100 years of brutal colonial rule by the United States in Puerto Rico, where Rodríguez-López was born in 1975. Among the lyrics, Bixler-Zavala said, “They will seek your ruin and burn your lands. because if they can’t have you, nobody can.

The accompanying black and white music video cements the lyrical connection to the island with shots of various facets of Puerto Rican culture. The eight-minute video – which eclipses the songs’ actual length of 3:14 minutes – ends with a quote from the Puerto Rican revolutionary Lolita Lebron: “¡Yo no vine a matar a nadie; yo vine to die for Puerto Rico! (“I didn’t come to kill anyone, I came to die for Puerto Rico”). On YouTube, the group provided a timeline of U.S. action in Puerto Rico as well as resources for further reading.

Watch the music video for The Mars Volta’s “Graveyard Love” and stream the track below. The band will be touring North America in the fall and recently added a slew of new dates.

The Mars Volta – “Graveyard Love” (Official Video)

“Love From The Cemetery” lyrics

There’s a little house on the outskirts of town
Bowed in a vow of dissonance
You better walk behind me, walk behind me again
How many times have we burned it all?
Plumes of smoke, call it graveyard love
Walk behind me, walk these halls again

The greatest illusion in the wind of x-rays
Gonna take my ruin, I stay away from the windows
And I can’t come back, come back to you
It’s just fear
Is it just the fear of not knowing if you’re there?
If you’re here

I could never imagine how to wake you up
Crushed by the weight of your crucible
You better walk behind me, walk behind
And the day you cleaned it all up
Lost in a whisper you said
“I’ll never walk behind you again, I’ll never walk behind you again”

The greatest illusion in the wind of x-rays
Gonna take my ruin, I stay away from the windows
And I can’t come back, come back to you
It’s just fear
Is it just the fear of not knowing you’re there?
that you are there

I don’t wanna remember why
I don’t wanna remember why
I don’t want to remember
I don’t wanna remember why

See the lyrics

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