Video: Antemasque in the Studio.
At The Drive In broke up in 2001, The Mars Volta parted ways in early 2013, and 2014 marks the return of the musical collaboration between guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and vocalist Cedric Bixler-Zavala in Antemasque. The blood moon lunar eclipse this week must be full of reunions as Josh Homme and Nick Oliveri (Queens Of The Stone Age) also reunited for a live performance of You Think I Ain’t Worth A Dollar, But I Feel Like A Millionaire.
Antemasque is their rock moment. They nailed post-hardcore in At The Drive In (the only emo I like), they scored several homes runs in prog-rock with The Mars Volta, and now they take on The Beatles. Not really, but the Omar and Cedric partnership is significant, so I liken it to the break-up of John and Paul.
Imagine for a moment if The Beatles broke up at the height of their fame, and John and Paul left the other guys (aka George and Ringo) to record a prog album together. Then they toured the world successfully in a new band for 10 years and one of them called it quits without telling the other in-person. You couldn’t see them coming back from that. But Omar and Cedric have, their third iteration as a musical pair is Antemasque.
A new song has been dropped every few days by Antemasque and today we are up to track 4 from their self-titled album due out on 15 July 2014. Spend the best $4 of your life today* and buy the album and the boys will give you the full album for free from 1 July.
Hear Antemasque on Bandcamp:
* Limited to the first 10,000 downloads. Get in quick, Ringo.
Previously on Sampling Station: