Peel back the Antemasque.
Early last year, prog flag-bearers The Mars Volta called it quits after ten years of tumbling chord progressions and high-concept japery. The band’s two key members broke away with separate solo projects: guitarist Omar Rodriguez Lopez ploughed his time into his Bosnian Rainbows outfit, whereas singer Cedric Bixler-Zavala threw his weight behind his Zavalaz gig.
As Exclaim report, the pair have reactivated their working relationship with a new band, Antemasque. The project also features Red Hot Chili Pepper Flea, who, between Atoms For Peace and Rocketjuice and the Moon, is something of a supergrouper-for-hire. The ensemble is rounded out by former Mars Volta drummer Dave Elitch.
Antemasque announced their arrival with a short rehearsal video, featuring (mostly) chit-chat and snatches of garage-y racket. A zippy promo clip has also been released, although it’s substantially less enlightening; cast your eyes south to check out both.
At the very least, we’re looking at more fodder for Flea’s forthcoming memoirs.