Music lovers all over were heartbroken last year at the dissolution of Mars Volta. The group, which in the end was anchored by bassist Juan Alderete, split after a dispute between founders Omar Rodríguez-López and Cedric Bixler-Zavala. Now, the duo has apparently made amends to form a new band called Antemasque.
The quartet is rounded out by drummer Dave Elitch and Red Hot Chili Peppers four-stringer Flea. Fans of Mars Volta may remember that Flea recorded on all but two tracks of the band’s debut album, De-Loused in the Comatorium. Flea may be just as surprised at the band’s announcement as anyone else, according to his latest tweet.
“Woke to find out I’m in a new supergroup. Hahahaha,” he wrote Wednesday morning. “Played on some tracks a few weeks ago with my friends Omar and Cedric for love [that’s] all.”
The group has released their first single, “4AM”, a driving rock tune glued together by Flea’s bass lines.
They’ve also released a video of their rehearsal sessions including some great footage of Flea doing his thing. He talks on one of his newest basses: a ’61 Fender Jazz bass finished by artist Damien Hirst, with real butterflies.
“4AM” is available now for download from iTunes. There’s no word on a full album release, though Rodríguez-López is calling Antemasque a full-time project.