stream the entire ANTEMASQUE, MEMBERS OF AT THE DRIVE-IN MARS VOLTA

November 4, 2014 12:52 pm Tags: , , No Comments 0

 

There’s something so rewarding but also so incredibly frustrating about following the musical careers of Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Cedric Bixler-Zavala. The relationship between the two has produced projects that forcefully explode right out of the gate while all of us simple folks who are not from whatever weirdo musical planet they inhabit wrap our tiny human brains around what we’re hearing. But just as spectacularly as the projects take off, they also crash and burn just the same.

 

With At the Drive-In, the two set the tone for post-hardcore in the 90s, leaving a trail of lesser bands behind, scrambling catch up. But then as the band released its biggest album, 2000’s Relationship of Command, everything came apart at the seams and they unexpectedly called it a day, right at the height of their popularity. From the ashes, The Mars Volta was eventually born, which featured some of the familiarity of the duo’s trademark collaborative sound, but with completely new prog/psych/jazz/whatever-the-absolute-fuck spins on it. But once again, the two abruptly sent the prolific Grammy-winning project into hiatus. Not being ones to let their instruments collect much dust, the afroed ones put creative differences aside again this year to create Antemasque.

 

 

 

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