Antemasque, the current project of Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez of The Mars Volta and At the Drive In, were recently joined by Travis Barker for the first shows of their current tour. The first two shows took place at the Santa Ana Observatory.
The band did announce in September that Barker would be playing the drums on their upcoming LP. Their next show is scheduled for Fun Fun Fun Fest next week in Texas. Brooklyn Vegan transcribed what OC Weekly said of the show, and this is how they put it.
Barker brought a tight, workmanlike foundation to Antemasque’s stage act, along with a huge increase in the average number of tattoos per band member. After opening with “Hanging in the Lurch” from Antemasque’s self-titled first album (which ended with Bixler searching for a shoe that slipped off while he flailed around the stage), the frontman introduced the latest addition to their rhythm section. “We just made an album with this cat,” Bixler said, before announcing that most of the evening’s songs would be new, as-yet-unperformed tracks from that record, tentatively titled “Saddle on the Atom Bomb.”
Travis’ new memoir, Can I Say: Living Large, Cheating Death, and Drums, Drums, Drums, is out now. The book gets into drug addiction, the plane crash that almost killed him, and lots and lots of sex. He also reported that he, Mark, and Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba have five songs recorded for a new blink-182 album. Tom still seems to be out of the picture.