The Mars Volta is an American rock band from El Paso, Texas. It was formed in 2001 around Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodríguez-López. They are more generally classified in progressive rock, also including jazz, punk, funk metal, Latin and psychedelic influences. In 2009, the band won a Grammy Award in the best hard rock performance category for the song Wax Simulacra>. In 2008, they were named best prog rock band by Rolling Stone magazine. In September 2012, the Mars Volta took a break, and Omar Rodríguez-López and Parks formed a new project called Bosnian Rainbows>. Four months later, the group split up. In 2001, the Texas group At the Drive-In split up. Two of the former members of the group - Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodríguez-López - fall back on their parallel dub project De Facto, which they share with Ikey Owens (ex-Long Beach Dub Allstars) and Jeremy Ward. The latter group recruits Jon Theodore (Golden, former Royal Trux and Him) and Eva Gardner. Thus was born The Mars Volta>.