Antemasque Opens Up For Gogol Bordello!10.21.15
Antemasque is a progressive rock band formed in 2014 featuring former members Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Cedric Bixler-Zavala from The Mars Volta and At The Drive-In, and Blink-182 drummer, Travis Barker. Their debut, self-titled album was released on November 10, 2014, and has garnered generally favorable reviews. Punknews.org describes the album as “coming together quite nicely to give something new, something unexpected but something that has, well, almost everything, for rock fans of many genres.”
Cedric Bixler-Zavala founded post-hardcore band, At The Drive-In in El Paso, Texas in 1993. After the releases of their first two EPs, Hell Paso and ¡Alfaro Vive, Carajo!, the band embarked on tours where they gained an underground following through fans by word of mouth. ATDI reached mainstream success following the release of their third LP, Relationship of Command. This 45-minute record received positive reviews by critics and is regarded as one of the most influential post-hardcore records of the 2000’s.
However, the band felt uncomfortable with their mainstream attention and broke up. Shortly after, Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez formed a new project in 2001, widely known as progressive rock band, The Mars Volta. Their debut album, De-Loused in the Comatorium, was released in 2003, and like At The Drive-In’s debut album, gathered instant commercial and critical success. The album sold over 500,000 copies with little promotion and peaked at 39 on the Billboard 200 chart.
After six albums and twelve years, The Mars Volta called it quits after Rodriguez-Lopez decided to focus on his solo project, Bosnian Rainbows. Rodriguez-Lopez and Bixler-Zavala ceased working together until 2014, when they formed alternative prog rock band, Antemasque. Antemasque’s first single, 4AM, was released the same day. Rolling Stone reviewed the single as “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.”
Also joining Antemasque at The Bomb Factory this November is Blink-182 drummer, Travis Barker. Blink-182, a pop-punk band from Poway, California, reached stardom after the release of their third album, Enema of the State, which featured radio hits, All The Small Things, What’s My Age Again?, and Adam’s Song. The album remains Blink-182’s highest selling album, with an estimated 15 million copies sold worldwide.
Do yourselves a favor and don’t miss out on several legendary musicians in one room at The Bomb Factory on Sunday, November 8, so come out and rage! Tickets can be purchased here.