Listen: First song from the band that caused the Mars Volta split

At The Drive-In and The Mars Volta guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez has unveiled the first track from his new band Bosnian Rainbows.

‘Torn Maps’ was released earlier today and was quickly followed by a flood of tweets from former bandmate Cedric Bixler-Zavala who announced that the Mars Volta is over– primarily because Rodriguez-Lopez is too busy focusing on Bosnian Rainbows.

“Thank u 2 all VOLTA fans u deserved more especially after the way u rooted for us on this album,” Bixler-Zavala tweeted. “I tried my hardest to keep it going but Bosnian Rainbows was what we all got instead. I can’t sit here and pretend any more. I no longer am a member of Mars Volta.”

Unveiling his new band, Rodriguez-Lopez told _NME that he founded Bosnian Rainbows to avoid becoming stuck in one way of working. “I did eight years in At The Drive-In being in a collective, [then] 11 years in The Mars Volta of doing that,” he explained. “I found myself feeling very lonely and I felt like I abandoned my friendships, so I’ve decided to focus on this band.”

Asked if he was missing working with Bixler, Rodriguez-Lopez explained that: “It’s been very strange being without Cedric. It’s one of those bittersweet moments. It’s great for both of us because he’s making this great solo record, which is more of an acoustic thing. I’m really excited to hear another side of him and to work on music without me. He’s composing all the music, playing all the instruments, literally doing everything himself, rather than just singing over the top of my songs.”

Rodriguez-Lopez’s bandmates in Bosnian Rainbows are former Mars Volta drummer Deantoni Parks, keyboardist Nicci Kasper and singer Teri Gender-Bender, who is also a member of noise experimentalists Le Butcherettes.