The Mars Volta has been an influential band for a long time. Throughout that time, they have had quite a few influential drummers in the band. Blake Fleming, Jon Theodore, Deantoni Parks, Thomas Pridgen, Dave Elitch, Willie Rodriguez Quinones, and now introducing… Linda-Philomène Tsoungui (also known as Philo.) So who is Philo, and where did she come from?
The answer is a long and very interesting story. Philo is a 30-year-old, highly educated drummer from Germany, with a very interesting and tumultuous background in classical percussion that resolved in a career playing drumset.