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De Facto, In Fact

I've been a huge fan of Omar Rodriguez ever since I heard the guitar solo on The Mars Volta's "Take the Veil Cerpin Taxt", so I'm very suprised that it took me this long to hear any De Facto material. What began as jam sessions after At The Drive-In shows became the missing link between ATDI and The Mars Volta, as it kept Omar Rodriguez, Cedric Bixler-Zavala, Ikey Owens, and Jeremy Ward together after ATDI's split. The De Facto sound can best be described as a fusion of dub, electronica, and jazz, or what I like to call 'Dubtronijazz'. This song, "Fingertrap", starts off with a Super Metroid-esque intro, followed by thick drum samples and some jazzy reverbed trumpet. The instrumental continues on with more trumpet and tweaky effects, and can be found on their second album, "Megaton Shotblast".

De Facto- "Fingertrap" [Removed]

Unfortunatley, De Facto called it quits in 2003 after the untimely death of sound manipulator, Jeremy Ward. Not only was Mr. Ward a key member of De Facto, he was sound technician and vocal operator for Tha Mars Volta. He was also the one that found the journal on which The Mars Volta based their second album, "Frances The Mute", and came up with the word 'amputechture' which TMV used for the name of their third album.


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