The Mars Volta – De-Loused in the Comatorium 
I’d never really heard At the Drive-In, but I remember a lot of people were excited about them; they got really big and broke up as soon as they got huge. I thought that took a lot of balls. People were always going to be interested in what those two guys did next. We were setting up at this club in Georgia and someone had demos of the first Volta album playing over the PA – it hadn’t even come out yet. I said ‘Goddamn, who is this band?’ Oh, it’s the guys from At the Drive-In. Volta were the only modern day prog band breaking through to the mainstream. I can’t remember the names of every drummer, but they always had someone ridiculous sitting back there. Like Jesus, where do you find these guys? I picture Omar in a van with tinted windows parked outside of a musician’s institute. It inspired us to go out on a limb a little bit more. We’ve always had the prog thing in there, but Mars Volta definitely set us off. This is just a monster. It’s non-stop and it’s a beautiful piece of music – all of these intricate compositions, while also maintaining true songs that blossom out of the madness. That’s hard to do. We were driving around in our van listening to this record nonstop for some time. We finally met those guys when they came and played in Atlanta. Their drummer at the time said ‘oh yeah, we have to listen to Hearts Alive before we go onstage each night.’ We found out that we had a mutual admiration for each other and became really fast friends with a similar sense of humour and a mutual love for Alejandro Jodorowsky movies. I always look forward to seeing those guys, in whichever capacity it may be in.