The Mars Volta Return With ‘Blacklight Shine’ Single & Fall Tour Dates

Watch a short film for the band's first new music in over 10 years and check out the itinerary for their first tour since 2012.

By Scott Bernstein Jun 21, 2022 7:54 am PDT

The Mars Volta put out “Blacklight Shine,” their first new single in over a decade. The track arrived with an 11-minute music video/short film directed by Omar Rodríguez-López as well as a fresh batch of fall tour dates.

“Blacklight Shine” marks the first new music from the band led by Rodríguez-López and Cedric Bixler-Zavala since they issued their Noctourniquet album in 2012. Bixler-Zavala noted the song’s words shine a light on the thought that “a wave of rolling blackouts washing memories onto shore, a heartbeat that still remembers everything.” As for now, there is no word on a new Mars Volta studio album.

The group previewed the track with‘L’YTOME HODORXÍ TELESTERION,’ an installation that mysteriously appeared in Los Angeles’ Grand Park on Sunday within a cube. Fans were taken on a “full, immersive journey to outer space” where they could hear “Blacklight Shine” for the first time. A digital ‘L’YTOME HODORXÍ TELESTERION’ experience is due on July 1.

Watch The Mars Volta’s “Blacklight Shine” short film below:

The Mars Volta will hit the road for their first tour dates since 2012 this fall. The month-long trek starts in Dallas on September 23 and includes stops in Atlanta, Philadelphia, New York City, Boston, Washington D.C., Toronto, Detroit, Chicago, Denver, Seattle and San Francisco before the jaunt wraps in Los Angeles on October 21. Find ticketing details here:

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