Yesterday, it was announced that Long Beach psych-rock jam artists Free Moral Agents (pictured) are hitting the road with their El Paso compadres Zechs Marquise. Their tour, which starts November 7 in ZM's hometown, is set to run for about three weeks at this point, with dates to be added shortly. It's worth noting that both bands share a pretty obvious Mars Volta connection, with FMA keyboardist/brain child Ikey Owens and ZM drummer Marcel Rodriguez-Lopez sharing the stage in that band.
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Marcel is joined by his brother, bassist Manfred, in ZM (both are brothers of big brother Omar, so you get the idea). Besides that, both bands seem to be a perfect fit on a spaced-out rock bill. Between FMA's tangent of atmospheric jazz pounding and ZM's intense, instrumental Latin sound you can guess that ecstatic expressions and weed smoke should be permanent fixtures in the crowd. Harnessing a flood of chaotic sounds and technically sound sonic wanderings, it's no surprise that they've found enough in common to hang out for a month.
The last time FMA and ZM grazed each other in OC was at the SoundDowntown festival last fall in Santa Ana. Though they've promised to add more dates and it seems that Zechs is holding the reins on the tour so far, we can't help but ask one question: where's the Cali dates? Check out the tour schedule thus far after the jump. In all fairness, it seems likely that things won't stay this way for long. Hopefully.
ZECHS MARQUISE / FREE MORAL AGENTS TOUR
Nov 7 - Black Market - El Paso, TX
Nov 8 - The Mohawk - Austin, TX w/Trail of Dead, An Albatross
Nov 9 - The Star Bar - Beaumont, TX
Nov 10 - Sadies - Lafayette, LA
Nov 11 - Low Key Arts - Hot Spring, AR
Nov 12- Smoke & Barrel - Fayetteville, AR
Nov 13 - The Brick - Kansas City, MO
Nov 14 - Reggie's - Chicago, IL
Nov 15 - The Frequency - Madison, WI
Nov 16- Mixtapes - East Moline, IL
Nov 17 - Bourbon Theater - Lincoln, NE
Nov 18 - Old Curtis Tavern - Denver, CO
Nov 19 - High Mayhem - Santa Fe, NM
(To be fair, the last time both bands toured together at this time in 2008, it was mostly Southern California dates, so don't get your panties in a twist. Peep the old flier.)