Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea has partnered with three ex-members of the Mars Volta to form a new group called Antemasque.
As reported by Rolling Stone, vocalist Cedric Bixler-Zavala, guitarist Omar Rodríguez-López and drummer Dave Elitch have joined Flea in the project, and the ensemble has posted its first song, “4AM,” on YouTube and elsewhere. Yesterday (April 9), Flea tweeted, “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.”
The Mars Volta split up last January, with Bixler-Zavala lamenting that he was unable to keep the group intact. Flea has a history with the band, having played bass on all but two tracks on the Mars Volta’s 2003 debut album, De-Loused in the Comatorium, and contributing trumpet on the 2005 follow-up, Frances the Mute. Antemasque’s Facebook page indicates the new group is “not a side gig,” but rather a full-time project.