If it's Tuesday we must be in Antemasque.
The Mars Volta disbanded in January, '14 amid a fair amount of rancor. "I tried my hardest to keep it going but Bosnian Rainbows (guitarist Rodriguez-Lopez's other group) was all we got instead," TMV vocalist Bixler-Zavala bitterly tweeted at the time.
But just months later, Antemasque emerged with both Rodriguez-Lopez and Bixler-Zavala. Rodriguez-Lopez was quick to point out that Antemasque was not a side project but rather a full-time effort - along with Bosnian Rainbows. How a musician can have two full-time projects was a mystery left unexplained.
Drummer Dave Elitch was also dividing his time. Five years after he made his live debut with The Mars Volta on the second leg of '09's Octahedron Tour, Elitch was also in Killer Be Killed with Greg Puciato (Dillinger Escape Plan), Max Cavalera (Soulfly/Sepultura) and Troy Sanders (Mastodon).
Red Hot Chili Peppers' bassist Flea made it clear from the beginning that Antemasque wasn't a long term commitment. In fact, he was almost nonchalant about the whole thing. "Woke to find out I'm in a new supergroup. Hahahaha. Played on some tracks a few weeks ago with my friends Omar and Cedric for love that('s) all."
Flea had played bass on The Mars Volta's '03 debut "De-Loused In The Comatorium" and contributed trumpet to that album's follow-up, "Frances The Mute."
The group's debut single was the surprisingly Punk influenced "4 A.M."
The subsequent self-titled debut album was digitally released in October, '14 with the physical version out the following month.