Instrumental rockers Volta Do Mar took their name from the Portugese phrase "turn of the sea," a line in a book by José Saramago. Bassists Jeff Wojtsiak and Mike Baldwin, guitarist Phil Taylor, and drummer Tony Ceraoulo all started playing together in various combinations at an early age in Chicago. They started in earnest in 1998, with broad influences from jazz to death metal. Their intricate, jazzy math rock made its debut on a self-titled EP in 2001, followed by a full-length debut, At the Speed of Light or Day, later that year.
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