The Rodriguez-Lopez family is THE preeminent progressive rock family currently in operation. Not only do Marcel, Manfred, and Rikardo Rodriguez-Lopez comprise three-fifths of El Paso experimental enthousiasts Zechs Marquise, they are younger brothers to Omar Rodriguez-Lopez of legendary prog purveyors The Mars Volta.Read More
Zechs Marquise is an American psychedelic rock band, formed in El Paso, Texas in 2003. The band was formed in the fall of 2003 by two Rodriguez-Lopez brothers, Marcel on keyboards/percussion and Marfred on bass, as well as their childhood friends Marcos Smith and Matthew Wilkson on guitars and Michael Farraro on drums. Originally going by the name of Monolith, they later decided to take the name Zechs Marquise from the main antagonist of the anime series Gundam Wing. Zechs Marquise has quickly created a stir in their hometown and has built a solid fan base within the southwest cities that they have visited on the road. During the late summer months of 2004 the band hit the studio to record its first album. That studio effort was later scrapped and instead in June 2006 the band released 34:26 EP, a live improvised set culled from their frequent west coast tours. By fall of 2006, Zechs was touring the west coast consistently, sharing the stage with such eclectic acts as Daedelus, Busdriver, The Album Leaf, DJ Nobody, Daddy Kev, The Gaslamp Killer, and Totimoshi.