Kimono Kult, the new supergroup featuring former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante and former Mars Volta guitarist Omar Rodríguez-López, is offering their debut four-track EP, Hiding in the Light, to stream over on Consequence of Sound ahead of its March 4th release via Neurotic Yell.
The group was “shot called” by Swahili Blonde drummer and Neurotic Yell CEO, Nicole Turley, who handled percussion and also produced the EP. Kimono Kult is fronted by Teri Gender Bender (Bosnian Rainbows, which Rodríguez-López also plays in), and also includes guitarist Dante White (Dante Vs. Zombies, Starlite Desperation) and string musician Laena Geronimo (Raw Geronimo).
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Gender Bender spoke about the use of Spanish-language lyrics on the EP. “There is so much left to explore – pronunciation, etc,” she said. “Because Spanish-speaking singers are strict with so many unspoken rules, I approached my mother language as if I were an alien from outer space. That was the mindset.”
Still, she sees Kimono Kult’s music as extending beyond language into the realm of atmosphere. Speaking of EP opener “Todo Menos el Dolor,” Gender Bender says, “To me, it could be a story about an alien that wanted to eat cats but it caused the critter so much pain [that] he became a vegetarian. Every interpretation is valid.”