Mars Volta Spinoff Antemasque Plans October Album Release

Marc Hogan

By Marc Hogan

Lead News Writer
on 08.25.14 in News

Some musical acts announce their albums by blimp. Others drop them off with no advance warning on iTunes. The rollout of the new album by Antemasque, the band that Omar Rodríguez-López and Cedric Bixler-Zavala formed out of the ashes of the Mars Volta, has been as jolting, unconventional and full of unexpected twists and turns as one of their project’s songs. But it’s almost complete: A rep for the band has confirmed Antemasque is set to arrive at some point in October.

It all started in April, when Antemasque shared first single “4AM,” with bassist Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers/Atoms for Peace) and former Mars Volta drummer Dave Elitch. The band soon clarified that Flea was a guest, not a member, and shared three other songs: “Drown All Your Witches,” “In the Lurch” and “People Forget.” A full, self-titled debut album from the group was to follow on July 15, but instead the record began streaming on Bandcamp two weeks early. Like the individual songs, the full-length has since vanished from the streaming-music site.

The band’s rep says the album will receive a proper release in October, with the same tracklist as before, though other details aren’t yet clear. He said Antemasque has also added Marfred Rodríguez-López, Omar’s brother, on bass. At the same time, the lineup has announced (via Pitchfork) a set of fall tour dates, including stop on the East Coast. Their route, at least, looks to be fairly direct and straightforward, though frankly the spur-of-the-moment unpredictability here as only added to the project’s charm: As label Nadie Sound told me in a statement earlier this year, “If the whole thing looked unplanned, that’s because it was.”

Antemasque, Antemasque (October, Nadie Sound)

1. 4AM
2. I Got No Remorse
3. Ride Like The Devil’s Son
4. In The Lurch
5. 50,000 Kilowatts
6. Momento Mori
7. Drown All Your Witches
8. Providence
9. People Forget
10. Rome Armed To The Teeth

Antemasque tour dates:

10/2 Antwerp, Belgium – Trix
10/3 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Melkweg
10/4 Dortmund, Germany – Visions Westend Festival @ FZW
10/6 Berlin, Germany – Bi Nuu
10/7 Hamburg, Germany – Markthalle
10/9 Zurich, Switzerland – Rote Fabrik
10/10 Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland – L’Amalgame
10/11 Paris, France – Gaite Lyrique
10/13 Brighton, England – Concorde 2
10/14 Leeds, England – Brudenell Social Club
10/15 London, England – Electric Ballroom
10/31 Monterrey, Mexico – Pal Norte Rock Festival
11/3 Mexico City, Mexico – Circo Volador
11/5 Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel
11/6 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
11/8 Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl
11/9 New York, NY – The Bowery Ballroom
11/11 Boston, MA – Middle East Downstairs
11/12 Rochester, NY – Water Street Music Hall
11/14 Toronto, Ontario – Mod Club
11/15 Detroit, MI – Magic Stick
11/16 Chicago, IL – Metro
2/21 Adelaide, Australia – Soundwave Festival
2-22 Melbourne, Australia – Soundwave Festival
2-28 Sydney, Australia – Soundwave Festival
3-1 Brisbane, Australia – Soundwave Festival