All those reports about Flea being in a band with former Mars Volta members Cedric Bixler-Zavala, Omar Rodríguez-López and Dave Elitch last week (including ours)? It turns out they were untrue. As a representative from Rodríguez-López’s label explained in a press release, Antemasque cut a few songs with the Red Hot Chili Pepper, but their main connection was Flea’s L.A. studio. And the sudden but steady release of three new tracks last week was more of a feed-the-beast move than anything.
“[He] literally [let] us sleep on the floor to make this record,” the band said of Flea’s involvement in their debut album, which is expected on July 1. “If the whole thing looked unplanned, that’s because it was. The anticipation of what the reaction from fans and critics was very real for us with every new song we put out.”
The response from Antemasque’s teaser videos has been so great the group decided to forego an outside label for their full-length. As of tomorrow morning at 12:01 a.m. EST — set those clocks, kids! — Rodríguez-López will be selling the trio’s first three singles (“4AM,” “Hangin’ in the Lurch,” “People Forget”) as a digital bundle through his new Nadie Sound imprint here. The first 10,000 fans to do that will also get a little number called “Drown All Your Witches.” (Got all that?)
Here’s another look at what we’ve heard so far…