Song of the Day: 4AM by Antemasque

Antemasque (stylized as ANTEMASQUE) is an American rock group formed in 2014 by former members of At The Drive-In and The Mars Volta, Omar Rodríguez-López and Cedric Bixler-Zavala.

Lyrics:

Four AM and I hear that cry
Look through the curtain but no sign of life
She stumbles longing over
All the secrets she hides
And suddenly sweeps it all under the rug
How many times times have I heard that sound?
The hair on the back of my neck stands tall
Everybody slowly starts closing the blinds
Am I the only one who can recognize?

[Pre-Chorus: Cedric Bixler-Zavala]
I hope I never become him
Stuck behind the morning light
I’ve had enough to defy me [?], yeah

[Chorus: Cedric Bixler-Zavala]
Watching, waiting
Black and white surveillance
I hope that nothing’s going wrong
I hope that nothing’s going wrong

[Verse 2: Cedric Bixler-Zavala]
And when he sees me look him eye-to-eye
On the only off-hand chance that he strikes
A pantomime motion where I am
Miscast a play in the antemasque

[Pre-Chorus]

[Chorus x2]

[Bridge]
Sharp shock
Yeah I’m gonna put on
Never looking back
Never looking back
Sharp shock
Yeah I’m gonna put on
Never looking back
Never looking back
Sharp shadow
Break that mirror
Never looking back
I’m never looking back
Yeah I’m never looking back

[Chorus x2]

……

Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea has teamed with Mars Volta nucleus Omar Rodríguez-López and Cedric Bixler-Zavala and mid-era Mars Volta drummer Dave Elitch to form the new band Antemasque.
Flea previously provided bass on all but two tracks for Mars Volta’s 2003 debut album, De-Loused in the Comatorium, and trumpet on two songs on the 2005 follow-up Frances the Mute. The new ensemble posted their first song, “4AM,” a charging, punkish rocker with the sorts of squiggly noodling that both the Mars Volta guys and Flea have used as calling cards in their respective groups.
The supergroup also posted video of a studio session where the musicians worked out the track. In a break from the music, Flea talks about a special bass designed by visual artist Damien Hirst that incorporates real butterflies in the bass’ paint job. The Milk Bandit even noodles out a few notes à la carte on it.
Mars Volta fans weren’t the only ones surprised at the collaboration. Earlier Wednesday, 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.”
Mars Volta broke up last January, as vocalist Bixler-Zavala posted a series of bitter tweets including, “I tried my hardest to keep it going but Bosnian Rainbows was all we got instead,” referring to guitarist Rodríguez-López’s other group. At the time, the singer said he wanted to move forward with his music and be happy that he had the chance to work in Mars Volta in the first place.
The new group’s Facebook page links to a post on a Mars Volta forum, noting that Antemasque is a full-time project, “not a side gig.” Rodríguez-López said that he is committed to the group as well as Bosnian Rainbows, with a second album from the latter in the works.

By  via [RollingStone]

Antemasque

Genres Alternative rock, post-punk,progressive rock
Years active 2014–
Labels Nadie Sound
Associated acts At the Drive-In, De Facto, The Mars Volta, Red Hot Chili Peppers
Members Omar Rodríguez-López
Cedric Bixler-Zavala
Dave Elitch
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