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Date Posted: 05:06:32 08/07/06 Mon
Author: snafu
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Subject: Omar interview

By Gary Graff
July 2006

So what does Amputechture mean?

Rodriguez-Lopez: "Amputechture" is just a word that was invented by our friend. The amputechture of the word [laughs] is "to amputate" and "architecture"-the word in and of itself is kind of describing itself, its own process. It's just something we really love the sound of; it makes so many images in the head of exactly what it can be. And we realized it was very fitting for the process of the group, because the approach is to try to cut out old parts to make way for new parts and just kind of get rid of certain things that we're used to doing in order to make room for brand new concepts.

Is there a thematic string like there was on Frances the Mute?

Rodriguez-Lopez: The theme of this album was to not have a theme, to approach it more as a series of vignettes or a series of stories whose only true unifying theme would be the voice in which they're being told. We were very inspired by Night Gallery; every episode is telling a different story, but there's still the introduction by Rod Serling and a certain feeling there.

What impact did it make to have Paul [Hinojos, a former At the Drive-In bandmate] as part of the recording process this time?

Rodriguez-Lopez: It made things a lot easier for me. The most important thing is Paul's place in our lives-Paul's personality, our friendship with Paul. Obviously we've been in another band with him for years, so there's just this familiarity and this comfort of being around him. And it really freed me up as the leader of the band, as the producer of the record. Between him and also having John Frusciante playing guitar, who essentially became a band member for the record, I was able to teach them their parts and then just sit behind the console and really listen to the sound of the band and have an objective view of what we were doing.

So are you trying to lure John away from the Chili Peppers?

Rodriguez-Lopez: [Laughs] Oh, I don't think that'll happen. But he's like an honorary member of our band. He's always welcome to be part of the band, in any way. He's so part of the energy of what this band is and gets along so well with everyone-I mean, he's my closest friend next to Cedric. He, as a person, is very Mars Volta. He's always around, and because of this we're in very subtle ways and very obvious ways always influencing each other and the directions of what we're doing with our bands.

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