Grammy-winning musician Cedric Bixler-Zavala made his name as the frontman of At the Drive-In. He would later go on to earn further acclaim for his work with The Mars Volta. Throughout his varied career, he has performed with dozens of bands, sometimes playing drums, sometimes singing in English, Latin, and Spanish. He is renowned for his energetic, raucous on-stage performances.
Bixler-Zavala co-founded At the Drive-In in Dallas, TX in 1994. The band toured relentlessly, sharing the stage with the likes of Jimmy Eat World, Rage Against the Machine, and The Murder City Devils. Their third album, Relationship of Command, won them considerable acclaim when it was released in 2000, although the band broke up not long afterward. They reunited twice: first in 2011 and again in 2015. They released their first album in seventeen years, in•ter a•li•a, in 2017. Meanwhile Bixler-Zavala and At the Drive-In bandmate Omar Rodriguez-Lopez founded The Mars Volta in 2001, immediately attracting attention with the release of their debut LP, De-Loused in the Comatorium. The band's star continued to rise with each sequential release; in 2009, they took home a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance category for the song "Wax Simulacra" from the album The Bedlam in Goliath. The Mars Volta's most recent studio album was 2012's Noctourniquet.
The longstanding duo of Bixler-Zavala and Rodriguez-Lopez have released a series of solo LPs together, starting with 2004's A Manual Dexterity: Soundtrack Volume One, with the most recent release being 2016's Some Need it Lonely. The pair formed a supergroup of sorts in 2014, when they launched the band Antemasque with Rodriguez-Lopez's brother Marfred, featuring The Mars Volta's Dave Elitch and the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea.