EUREKA THE BUTCHER Eureka The Butcher is Marcel Rodriguez Lopez a multi-Instrumentalist who is the keyboardist and percussionist of the Grammy Award winning group The Mars Volta alongside his sibling Omar Rodriguez Lopez. He is also the drummer and producer of the band Zechs Marquise with his other two brothers Marfred & Riko Rodriguez Lopez. Eureka The Butcher is El Paso’s take on the Los Angeles beat scene nurtured amongst world renowned Low End Theory producers. Influenced by J Dilla, Flying Lotus, Mr. Dibiase, Samiyam, DJ Nobody, Nosaj Thing, Madlib, and Monopoly, Eureka The Butcher manipulates analog synths with real instruments and percussion. Eureka The Butcher often performs live with Sadah Luna adding a striking visual component to his set.
Eureka The Butcher is Marcel Rodriguez Lopez a multi-Instrumentalist who is the keyboardist and percussionist of the Grammy Award winning group The Mars Volta alongside his sibling Omar Rodriguez Lopez. He is also the drummer and producer of the band Zechs Marquise with his other two brothers Marfred & Riko Rodriguez Lopez.
Eureka The Butcher is El Paso’s take on the Los Angeles beat scene nurtured amongst world renowned Low End Theory producers. Influenced by J Dilla, Flying Lotus, Mr. Dibiase, Samiyam, DJ Nobody, Nosaj Thing, Madlib, and Monopoly, Eureka The Butcher manipulates analog synths with real instruments and percussion. Eureka The Butcher often performs live with Sadah Luna adding a striking visual component to his set.
The Mars Volta may have splintered but that’s thankfully done nothing to slow the tide of music emerging from its former members. Eureka the Butcher is Marcel Rodríguez-López: keyboardist/percussionist from MV, drummer for El Paso-bred psych warriors Zechs Marquise, one-man production machine, and, yes, the younger brother of a certain fella named Omar. He’s just released his first solo album, Music for Mothers, and it fits squarely within the bass-damaged Los Angeles beat scene. Above, you’ll find the video for “Desert Rituals,” a lurching groove that packs as much hidden menace as it does stony bliss. The ’90s-directed clip interprets Eureka’s handle rather literally, following Marcel and two compatriots (including his touring dancer/muse Sadah Luna) on a dark and weary ride into the desert. Once they park the car, we find out what’s been in the trunk that entire time … sort of. Though the creature is shaped like a man, the final scene reveals that it may have been something more sinister in nature. Enjoy the ride but beware — there will be blood.
- by Chris Martins
July 12 - FREE SHOW - EL PASO, TX
JULY 27 - SAN ANTONIO, TX
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Multi-instrumentalist Marcel Rodriguez-Lopez has finally puts his beat chopping skills on the map with his debut, Music for Mothers, through his alter ego solo act, Eureka the Butcher. Known as a familiar face and former member of The Mars Volta and one of the founding members of Zechs Marquise, Marcel has been on the road touring around the world for the past decade or so as a Grammy Award winning keyboardist, percussionist, and drummer. With his live counterpart and dancer, Sadah Luna, Marcel Rodriguez-Lopez sought out to use Eureka the Butcher as his personal solo platform to dabble and experiment with cutting up and engineering unique beats along with being able to perform outside of the full band work that has represented his career. As he claims, this record, thus, is a compilation of his persistent work while on tour with many different acts. More specifically, this record is dedicated to his mother, Frances Sarah Rodriguez-Lopez, for her devoted love, inspiration and musical influence on him, which proves to be the personal driving force of many of these tracks and Marcel’s solo career.
Marcel Rodriguez-Lopez is usually known for playing percussion or keyboards in bands The Mars Volta or Zechs Marquise. As a child, his mother encouraged him to pursue the piano as an addition to the drums that he preferred, so he would always have the opportunity to perform as a solo act. While on tour with his other bands, Rodriguez-Lopez concocted with the synthesizer-driven sounds of Eureka the Butcher, his alter ego. Those works have been collected in the album Music for Mothers, set for release May 28. The full album stream for Music for Mothers is available today. Check out how he chops up alien synth lines and stuttering rhythms to create otherworldly electronica worthy of any momma’s praise. - Alexis Stephens
Eureka The Butcher’s Album Release show is on May 28 in El Paso
Eureka the Butcher, solo pseudonym of Marcel Rodriguez-Lopez (also of Zechs Marquise and The Mars Volta) announces the forthcoming release of his debut album. The recording, Music For Mothers is dedicated to the multi-instrumentalist’s mother Frances Sarah Rodriguez-Lopez who passed away last year. The album will be released via Rodriguez Lopez Productions on May 28, 2013 - stream “Here Comes Eureka B” below:
Regarding the album, Marcel writes:
"This record is for my mom because she is the reason why I started playing the piano. She told me that it was great that I wanted to play drums, but if I played the piano, I could create music and play to a room full of people by myself. I didn’t start playing drums for another 4 years, and I wouldn’t start playing piano for another 7 or so. That’s when i started making electronic music. Making music under the Eureka name gives me that ability: to make music and perform by myself. I, however, do not perform alone. Sadah Luna performs with me because of my love for her dance and her love for my music. She completes the live show.
Marcel Rodriguez Lopez aka Eureka The Butcher will be releasing his album via Rodriguez Lopez Productions later this Spring early Summer. He will also be performing with Sadah Luna two Free shows in Los Angeles. Thursday March 21 at Three of Clubs (21+) and Friday March 22nd at High Fidelity Records w/ Cgak (All Ages - Free)
Marcel Rodriguez Lopez is a Grammy Award winning multi-instrumentalist best known for his percussion and keyboard playing with the progressive rock group The Mars Volta, though this is just the tip of the iceberg as far as his musical accomplishments are concerned.
He is also the drummer and recording engineer for the group Zechs Marquise, which features two of his brothers, Marfred and Riko, as well as Marcos Smith and Matt Wilkson. Their most recent album entitled Getting Paid is out now on Sargent House/RLP. In addition to this Marcel records electronic music under the name Eureka the Butcher and has played on around eighteen releases by his brother Omar Rodriguez Lopez since 2006. The dude is prolific.
SIGHT/SOUND/RHYTHM caught up with Marcel before a Zechs Marquise show in Leeds, UK to talk about musical development, studio recording and technology within his music.
I think this is the first time you’ve been here with Zechs Marquise. How’s the European tour going so far?
It’s been great so far. It’s not at all like touring in the States. In the states it’s a lot harder. Over here the promoters are nicer and more hospitable and the venues are nicer. We’ve had places to stay every night and food, whereas in the states you’re basically on your own, you know. You get to the next place and they pretty much act like you’re doing them a favor by being there. Whereas over here they’re a lot more grateful and realize that it’s a two way street. That it takes both parties to make a great show and for people to have a good time.
Back home, when we do come across nice promoters we always make it a point to go up to them and say thank you for making it a good night for us, because it’s really easy for it to just go bad, basically.