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Antemasque Announces Debut Album for July

Band features members from the Mars Volta, with Flea contributing to multiple tracks.
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Cedric Bixler-Zavala (Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

Cedric Bixler-Zavala (Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

By Kevin Rutherford

Not long after announcing their existence to the world last week, rock supergroup Antemasque has revealed a release date for their debut album.

According to NMEthe four-piece, which consists of former Mars Volta members Cedric Bixler-Zavala, Omar Rodriguez-Lopez with contributions from Dave Elitch plus Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, will release a self-titled LP this July.

The announcement comes after a flurry of song releases from the band, starting a week ago (April 9) with “4 AM.” Three new songs have followed, culminating with the release of “Drown All Your Witches” today (April 16) to accompany the announcement of the new album.

Related: Listen to New Song from Antemasque, Featuring Flea, Former Mars Volta Members

If the whole thing looked unplanned, that’s because it was,” the band collectively revealed in a statement about the record’s rollout over the past week. “The anticipation of what the reaction from fans and critics would be was very real for us with every new song we put out.”

The band is offering a bundle of their first three releases, including “4 AM,” with “Drown All Your Witches” received as a free download for the first 10,000 orders.

Antemasque is the first collaboration between Bixler-Zavala and Rodriguez-Lopez since the Mars Volta went on a hiatus in September 2012.

The release also clarifies Flea’s involvement with the band: unlike previously reported, the bassist did play on a few Antemasque songs (though not “Drown All Your Witches”) and lent studio space for recording, but is not officially part of the band– kind of similar to his involvement with the Mars Volta, which was as an on-again, off-again session musician who contributed to a few songs here and there.

Antemasque is out July 15 on Rodriguez-Lopez’s Nadie Sound label.

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