Omar Rodriguez-López is working at a knockout pace in 2016. Just before July ended, he released Corazones, the second of his 12 planned albums for the year. In the video for album track “Running Away”, it’s not the effort of putting out a dozen LPs that’s got him flat on his back, however; it’s the fists of a handful of friends.
The clip sees Rodriguez-López approaching a bunch of separate people with bouquets of flowers in his hands. It seems like he’s trying to apologize for something, but none of these friends are hearing it. One by one, The Melvins’ Buzz Osborne, former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitars John Frusciante, original Mars Volta bassist Eva Gardner, Le Butcherettes/Bosnian Rainbows’ Teri Gender Bender, artist Aura T-09, photographer Robin Laananen, and actress Tatiana Velazquez all lay him out with a punch to the face (well, Teri delivers more of a kick). Check out the video above.
Following July’s Sworn Virgins and Corazones, August will see the release of Blind Worms Pious Swine and Arañas en La Sombra. That latter album sees Rodríguez-López reuniting with the original mars Volta lineup of Gardner, Jon Theodore, and the late Ikey Owens, plus Frusciante.