Eva Gardner Rocks the Upright Bass on The Mars Volta’s New Acoustic Album

Eva Gardner

The Mars Volta sent fans into a frenzy when they reunited last year for a new album and the first tour in a decade. Now the band has released a new album that dives deeper into 2022’s self-titled record.

Que Dios Te Maldiga Mi Corazón is an acoustic and reimagined version of their comeback album, The Mars Volta. “This acoustic rendition furthers the mission of the source music, which drew into sharper focus the traditional Latin influences that have always inspired Omar Rodríguez-López and Cedric Bixler-Zavala,” a press release explains. Rodríguez-López calls it the band’s version of a folk record.

“I realized I could finally make a record like this now. I just had to make it happen,” he says. “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.”

Similar to the original record, Que Dios Te Maldiga Mi Corazón features the astounding bass work of Eva Gardner, who was an original member and returned to the fold with their reunion. She shared her excitement for the project on Instagram.

“I got to use my father’s upright bass from the 1800s on this album,” Gardner wrote. “A special experience all around!”

She gets a gorgeous tone from the instrument as she delivers rock-solid Latin lines. Check out her work on the title track:

Que Dios Te Maldiga Mi Corazón is out now on CD, vinyl and as a digital download (iTunes and Amazon MP3).. The Mars Volta will be on tour throughout 2023. See below for the full dates.

Que Dios Te Maldiga Mi Corazón Track List:

  1. Blacklight Shine (Acoustic)
  2. Graveyard Love (Acoustic)
  3. Shore Story (Acoustic)
  4. Vigil (Acoustic)
  5. Que Dios Te Maldiga Mi Corazon (Acoustic)
  6. Cerulea (Acoustic)
  7. Flash Burns From Flashbacks (Acoustic)
  8. Palm Full Of Crux (Acoustic)
  9. No Case Gain (Acoustic)
  10. Tourmaline (Acoustic)
  11. Equus 3 (Acoustic)
  12. Collapsible Shoulders (Acoustic)
  13. The Requisition (Acoustic)

The Mars Volta 2023 Tour Dates:

May 5The MasqueradeAtlanta, GA (Shaky Knees pre-show)
May 6Shaky Knees FestivalAtlanta, GA
May 9The CriterionOklahoma City, OK
May 10RevelAlbuquerque, NM
May 12Snapdragon StadiumSan Diego, CA w/ Red Hot Chili Peppers, Thundercat
May 13Marquee TheatreTempe, AZ
May 14Abraham Chavez TheatreEl Paso, TX
May 16Tech Port Center & ArenaSan Antonio, TX
May 18Orpheum TheatreNew Orleans, LA
May 19713 Music HallHouston, TX
May 21Welcome To Rockville FestivalDaytona Beach, FL
Sep 13Uptown TheaterMinneapolis, MN
Sep 15GLC Live at 20 MonroeGrand Rapids, MI
Sep 16Agora TheaterCleveland, OH
Sep 19The NationalRichmond, VA
Sep 20Rams Head Live!Baltimore, MD
Sep 22Kings TheatreBrooklyn, NY
Sep 25MTELUSMontreal, QC
Sep 27Stage AEPittsburgh, PA
Sep 29Old Forester’s Paristown HallLouisville, KY
Sep 30The Andrew J Brady Music CenterCincinnati, OH
Oct 1Ryman AuditoriumNashville, TN
Oct 3The Factory at The DistrictSt. Louis, MO
Oct 8Uptown TheaterKansas City, MO
Oct 9Red Rocks AmphitheatreDenver, CO
Oct 11The Union Event CenterSalt Lake City, UT

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