Mars Volta’s Core Members Reunite… With Flea?

Andrew Parks

By Andrew Parks

on 04.09.14 in News

After spending the past year apart, longtime bandmates Omar Rodríguez-López and Cedric Bixler-Zavala have reunited under a new name: Antemasque. A full-time project with Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Atoms For Peace) and the duo’s former Mars Volta drummer Dave Eltich (last seen playing with Miley Cyrus), the band is reportedly the “next evolution” of Bixler-Zavala and Rodríguez-López’s creative partnership, which has also included the dub-inspired De Facto and our personal favorite, At the Drive-In.

Today’s news is somewhat surprising considering how public the Mars Volta split was last January, when Bixler-Zavala thanked his Twitter followers for “ever giving a fuck about our band” and insisted he “tried my hardest to keep it going but Bosnian Rainbows was all we got instead.” That’d be one of Rodríguez-López’s many ongoing gigs; it’s currently on the back burner as Antemasque readies its debut record, but a second Bosnian Rainbows LP is expected down the road. For now, here’s a YouTube rip of Antemasque’s lead single, “4AM,” and footage of the quartet working it out in the studio…