In 2003, Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea played bass on the majority of the Mars Volta’s debut prog-punk album, De-Loused in the Comatorium, as well as trumpet on a handful of tracks from that album’s follow-up, Frances the Mute, in 2005. Fast forward a decade, and, despite the Mars Volta having broken up not much has changed, apparently—Flea has recently joined forces with Mars Volta songwriter/lead guitarist Omar Rodríguez-López and vocalist Cedric Bixler-Zavala, as well as former Mars Volta drummer Dave Elitch, to form the supergroup Antemasque.
The band has posted its first song, “4 AM,” which, despite being under three minutes (most Mars Volta songs seem to go on and on and on and on), sounds pretty much like what you remember Flea and the Volta to sound like together—heavy bass against punkish noise and atmospheric noodling. Give it a listen:
And despite Flea’s playing it down on Twitter (“Woke to find out I’m in a new supergroup. Hahahaha. Played on some tracks a few weeks ago with my friends Omar and Cedric for love that all”), Rolling Stone notes that the band is a full-time gig, and not a side project or one-off.
What do you think of Antemasque?