Antemasque Set Date for Self-Titled Debut, Clarify Flea Is Not a Member

BY Gregory AdamsPublished Apr 15, 2014

A stream of info behind Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodríguez-López's new band Antemasque has been trickling out since the project was first announced and a few song previews were made. There's apparently a lot more to look forward to, as the band have now confirmed an album is on the way for a summer release.

A statement from the group [via Rolling Stone] has them confirming that their self-titled debut will be issued independently on July 15. Antemasque had been selling their "4AM," "Hangin' in the Lurch" and "People Forget" as a three-song bundle over on Bandcamp, but that site has now been taken down. At midnight (April 16), the songs will be available via Nadie Sound, which has not yet been activated.

The first 10,000 people to pre-order the album will also get a download of new tune "Drown All Your Witches," an acoustic, Led Zeppelin III-flavoured track that is previewed in a video, which you can see down below. While this is the fourth song to be delivered in the last week, the band apparently only intended to preview "4AM." The positive response has had them shelling out the goods.

"If the whole thing looked unplanned, that's because it was," Antemasque said in the statement. "The anticipation of what the reaction from fans and critics was very real for us with every new song we put out."

As previously reported, Antemasque re-teams longtime friends and collaborators Bixler-Zavala and Rodríguez-López, who had previously played together in the Mars Volta and At the Drive-In. It had previously been reported that the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea was in the lineup, but Antemasque have now confirmed that the funky bass icon isn't a full-time member. He was, however, a part of the creative process by letting the band record at his studio and by performing on parts of the record.

"This is what happens when artists collaborate for love of playing together, without an end result in mind," the group explained.

You can check out a bit of "Drown All Your Witches," which Flea does not play on, down below.

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