"Woke to find out I'm in a new supergroup," tweets Red Hot Chilli Peppers bassist Flea. Meanwhile, longtime fans of the aggressively challenging punk outfit At the Drive-In and the thinky hard rock of Mars Volta woke to the news that principles of both acts, Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Cedric Bixler-Zavala, are once again collaborating, this time in a new project with Flea.
Antemasque is the name of the act, and "4AM" is the act's first single. It's three minutes of heavy, contradictory guitar parts that stop, start and sound alarms. Bixler-Zavala's vocals are always on the verge of a freakout, and Flea's bass is the constant that holds the upper-register riffing and howls together.
There aren't too many details on the act for now. Flea downplayed the attention the group was getting, tweeting that he "played on some tracks a few weeks ago with my friends Omar and Cedric for love." Flea has collaborated with the Mars Volta before, and that act was believed left for dead when Rodriguez-Lopez went on to form Bosnian Rainbows with Le Butcherettes singer Teri “Gender Bender” Suarez.
Watch a promotional video above.
But perhaps the best news related to Antemasque is that it means anything Bosnian Rainbows-related will be placed on hiatus, a project that seemed to have the unintended side effect of slowing any and all momentum related to Le Butcherettes.
It's been about three years since Le Butcherettes released its proper debut album, "Sin Sin Sin." Suaréz spoke to The Times in 2012, following an appearance at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, and declared that a follow-up, "Cry Is for the Flies," was nearly complete, but there's been little word of it since.