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Published: 2014/01/21

John Frusciante Forms New Band with Omar Rodriguez-Lopez

Former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante has announced the formation of a new band—called Kimono Kult—with former At the Drive-In and Mars Volta guitarist and longtime collaborator Omar Rodríguez-López. The group also features Teri Gender Bender (vocals, guitar), Nicole Turley (bass, drum machine, trumpets, synths, backing vocals), Dante White-Aliano (guitar, synths) and Laena Geronimo (violin, bass, trumpets).

The band’s debut EP, Hiding in the Light, is set for digital release on March 4 through Neurotic Yell Records. According to the label, the EP is “four songs of electro/dub/afro-beat/avant-freak/jazz-like conversations of instrumental ecstasy.” The group have also released one track from the album—“Todo Menos El Dolor”—which you can hear below.

This is Frusciante’s first official band since his 2009 departure from the Chili Peppers. Until now, the iconic guitarist has only released solo material, including the 2012 full-length PBX Funicular Intaglio Zone and last year’s EP, Outsides.


There are 14 comments associated with this post

Seriously Omar? January 21, 2014, 12:49:44

The this is what you would rather do? The Mars Volta broke up so you could be in a shittier version of it with some chicks and a junkie? Weak sauce dude.

Luka January 22, 2014, 09:36:46

Oh fuck you dude

dankerator January 22, 2014, 11:55:14

Frusciante is super talented the chili’s suck now without him. This sounds like an awesome new project and hopefully they tour etc.

Mat January 23, 2014, 01:09:25

Just had a listen. What a waste of talent. It was bad enough when Yoko Ono made this music first time around.

Anna January 23, 2014, 09:20:17

Completely agree with Mat. To hear John describe “music” then listen to this = SAD. Much prefer his solos.

robert January 24, 2014, 00:03:00

this sounds like a solid blend of bosnian rainbows and modern frusciante. solid work. look forward to the album.

Michael January 24, 2014, 01:51:50


Ken January 24, 2014, 21:41:48

I just saw John Frusciante and Omar Rodriguez form band and was elated. This could be cool? I’m hoping it is. Would be really disappointed if it isn’t and it was just like “chicks are cool” so…

rhcplover January 27, 2014, 14:38:54

:( I miss the real John Frusciante…the one that made real music with a REAL guitar. This is such a waste of your talent Frusciante, such a waste. Good luck buddy.

smoody January 28, 2014, 14:16:31

wow….......this is what pissing in your ears sounds like. wack

joe blow January 30, 2014, 13:08:21

I have a headache. What nonsense

rhcp2014dotcom January 30, 2014, 15:10:49

Love Omar and was excited to hear this. Jesus… sounds like high schoolers ripping off the Volta. Pointless. Alas…

Jack January 31, 2014, 16:24:48

Let’s cool it on the junkie talk – JF’s been clean for over 15 years.

Anne February 1, 2014, 19:22:11

Better to call it a new collaboration… it is not a ‘band’ in the way most appear to be taking it. Interesting sound… But not terribly memorable as far as I can hear. Like the clip of the fourth song best, personally.

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