The Bedlam In Goliath Out Jan. 29, 2008 On Universal

“‘Wax Simulacra’ bursts open with wild, ascending guitars and erratic soprano vocals· If this is the band’s version of calm, we can’t wait for the storm”- ROLLING STONE
Following up on the recent announcement of their New Years Eve headline extravaganza at the Bill Graham Civic in San Francisco, The Mars Volta have confirmed their first dates of 2008, beginning Jan. 9 in Burlington VT and running up to just before the Jan. 29 release date of their new The Bedlam In Goliath.
The first of the shows to go on sale will be January 14th at New York City’s Terminal 5, tickets for which will be available beginning TOMORROW, December 8th at 12 Noon at The remaining shows go on sale the weekend of December 15th.

Like previous Mars Volta efforts De-Loused In The Comatorium and Frances The Mute, The Bedlam In Goliath is a thematically linked whole, the songs chapters in a bigger story, inspired by real people, places and events. The Bedlam In Goliath chronicles The Mars Volta’s time with the “Soothsayer” a/k/a the Ouija board owned by vocalist Cedric Bixler-Zavala, and its mutation from a source of amusement during the tour supporting the band’s Amputechture album into a malevolent psycho-spiritual force that nearly tore the group apart, collectively and individually.

The Mars Volta was formed by guitarist/producer/arranger Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and lyricist/vocalist Cedric Bixler-Zavala and issued its first recorded work, the Tremulant EP in 2002. The band has since released three full-length albums, De-Loused In The Comatorium (2003), Frances The Mute (2005)–both of which have been certified gold–and Amputechture (2006). The Bedlam In Goliath will be The Mars Volta’s fourth studio album. Like Frances The Mute and Amputechture, it was produced by the band’s own Omar Rodriguez-Lopez.

The full January itinerary is as follows:
January 9th – Burlington, VT – Higher Ground
January 11th – New Haven, CT – Toad’s Place
January 12th – Providence, RI – Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
January 14th – New York, NY – Terminal 5
January 17th – Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore at the TLA
January 18th – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live
January 19th – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
January 21st – Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Hall
January 23rd – Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Hall
January 25th – Kansas City, MO – Beaumont Club
January 27th – Boulder, CO – Fox Theatre

For further information, contact Steve Martin or Laura Eldeiry at nasty little man t 212 343 0740 e