Frusciante, Rodriguez-Lopez Project Streaming New Song

Kimono Kult streaming first song from debut EP.

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The first song from the debut EP from Kimono Kult, the new project featuring former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante and Mars Volta's Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, is streaming online. You can check out "Todo Menos El Dolor" below.

Kimono Kult's debut EP is titled "Hiding in the Light" and is due for release on March 4th. As their Soundcloud page states, the band's "initiates include current and ex-members of Mars Volta, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bosnian Rainbows, Swahili Blonde, Le Butcherettes, Dante Vs. Zombies, and Raw Geronimo - all who are adamant that this is not some 'all-star' vanity project."

The page goes on to note that the band "synthesizes all the signature styles and influences from a cream of crop wrecking crew she has at her immediate grasp. Vocally fronted by the untamable Teri Gender Bender (Le Butcherettes, Bosnian Rainbows) their debut EP 'Hiding in the Light' are four songs of electro/dub/afro-beat/avant-freak/jazz-like conversations of instrumental ecstasy."

What do you think? Are you a fan of the new material? Let us know in the comments.

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    Spanish Radiohead on acid.
    Literally the perfect description. That's also an awesome promo line.
    i think terry gender bender has got a golden vadge cuz omar cant leave her alone, bosnian rainbows is nothing to the awesomeness of mars volta, so why did he quit and leave cedric hanging? and as for john not a big fan
    Wow!! I hate what John's doing right now... I don't like it, I don't even think is good and don't give me that "it's experimental music and it's great" crap. Sorry
    it's experimental music and it's great
    Experimental music isn't always great. You can experiment and came up with a bad result
    no shit. it's not good because it's experimental, it's good because it's good. much better than anything frusciante's been involved in for a long time.
    That's exactly what it is. Experimental and great. He's actually growing and expanding as an artist, testing himself by trying out new styles of writing and recording. Honestly, I hated it at first too, but then I gave it another listen and it really grew on me. I mean that's fine if you don't like it, but it IS experimental, and if you think about what he's doing, it IS great.
    I know it's experimental, but that doesn't mean that the end result is great. Which it's great is that he's testing new ways to make music. But like I said, I don't like this music at all and I think he's way better than these things that he's done lately
    That's what I meant when I said it IS great. It IS great that he's experimenting, I'm glad we cam agree on that. Maybe you'll come around and love his new stuff like me, but if not, there's nothing wrong with that.
    If this was by someone other than Froosh, would you even have given this song a second listen? Or even listened past the 30 sec mark? Just because a turd happens to be John Frusciante's turd, it still stinks.
    1. How dare you. John's diarrhea is the among the most beautiful creations of all time, I would eat it. 2. Like I said in my previous comment, the first time I heard his new stuff, I hated it and I was so disappointed. I didn't like it for a long time. It took a lot of getting used to. I'm not some mindless zombie fan,
    Danjo's Guitar
    I do listen to it just because its Froosh, but thats because I've found that with most of John's stuff if I listen to it enough times to figure out what the hell is going on, I actually enjoy it quite a bit. If I listen to it a bunch and it still isn't good, then I'm willing to write it off.
    Im pretty sure anyone can have whatever opinion they would like to have. Sorry.
    Yeah, I've never gotten into Frusciante's solo stuff. Granted, he was high off his balls when he recorded his first stuff after quitting RHCP, but nothing has really changed after he sobered up. Fuck, man. RHCP are doing great with Josh though.
    Ive seen RHCP twice with Josh. Saying they are doing great him him is BullS**t. They sound pathetic an washed up. I saw them with John a few years ago and they were exponentially better.
    Listen to "the empyrean." His best CD and blows away the chili's.
    amazing album, same with "Inside of Emptiness" I think all the hate is from people who have never heard a full solo record and think By the Way was the RHCP's best album
    Its comforting to know that even though Mars Volta broke up and John left RHCP, we will at least now get to listen to steaming piles of shit like this.
    another knife to the musical heart from john. play guitar ffs its what you were put on this earth to do!
    Not exactly. He wasn't just put here to play guitar, he was put here to make whatever music he think is necessary to express himself and become a better musician.
    Vox are a little grating, but it's not the train wreck that some are painting it.
    The thing with John is he goes through phases. Mothers Milk he had this big sound (partly due to Michael Beinhorn's production) and he refused to play songs from that album live (not sure when though, probably from when he rejoined in '98?) So the heroin limited his abilities on Californication which actually resulted in a great album, for By The Way he was using "good chords" as he called them being influenced by Johnny Marr etc and almost shunning the guitar virtuoso side of things. BUt come Stadium Arcadium he was all about Hendrix and Steve Vai and really showing off his skills. Also read an interview with Chad when they were touring By The Way and they were working on the Greatest Hits and apparently they had some killer songs written but when Chad mentioned recording those John was like "nah, I dont play arpeggios anymore" So my point, in a longwinded way is that at some point John will more than likely return to guitar based music a la Chilis and Shadows Collide etc. Theres a 45 minute interview on YouTube from about 2008? and in that he mentions not getting the same buzz from playing live which is what he mentioned in a Billboard interview last year also that everyone spazzed out over (sorry but its not exactly new news!) So right now he's experimenting with his "Progressive Pop" I think he called it and he's worked on Black Knights record and played piano/organ on Amanda Jo Williams album. He's entitled to do whatever he wants and I would be shocked if he didn't return to guitar based music at some point in the future.
    I like it. I'm not bilingual so the lyrics don't do it for me. But, I like kinda weird & quirky songs, and this doesn't seem as bad as the above comments want you to think.
    Wow... I can't describe how much I was expecting to hear a guitar in that track... Somewhere... - Like hearing about Slash's new band, where he plays the Theramin
    Not doing it for me. Can we just give john a old strat and let him play some hendrix inspired stuff. That would be cool
    Best thing about Frusciante's stuff is i never know what i'm gonna hear when i hit play as in i have no idea what type of genre he'll be working on i like the song it's different and makes a change and yes whilst i do love him screeching on his Fender he has been doing that for the past like what 20 years? i say good for him for branching out and making other types of music
    Remain Wise
    Pretty weird stuff.. music is subjective so i won't say it's 'bad', but i'll say i didn't really enjoy it
    I like it, not really a fan of Teri Gender Bender though. Her vocals bore me.
    Yeah no kidding. I don't know what Omar hears in her, she sucks in Bosnian Rainbows too. In fact, Bosnian Rainbows pretty much sucks in general too.
    Not something I’d sit down and listen to as it isn’t my cup o tea but it is pretty cool. It’s kind of unusual (although may not be original) and makes me uncomfortable a little which I think is also cool. I like that they seem to adopt the childlikeness that they are not afraid of failure and therefor allow creativity to flow.
    I appreciate he is enjoying his own thing however, I'm really hoping for something in the vein of Shadows or Empyrean one day. Those albums were masterful. I won't hold me breath though.
    Nero Galon
    I love how I can't tell if the positive comments on Soundcloud are serious or sarcastic XD
    I generally consider myself to have a fairly open mind towards music that is a little strange, but I really can't say I enjoy this. I hope the rest of their music will be better.
    this is just sad. happens way too often to great songwriters... get back on the guitar John.
    I love Omar and John, especially when the collaborate. But, I just couldn't do this one. Plus, I don't know Spanish.
    Just because it wasn't as good as At the drive-in or The Mars Volta doesn't mean it wasn't good.
    I was looking around to find the spam music on my browser that was playing along with this song, but to my disappointment there was no other music playing, it was all jammed into this song
    uhhh...that was bad. If I was either musician, I would not be proud to have my name on this material--especially based on the past and how successful they used to be.
    I don't think it's bad.It's weird, but not that bad. I hope John returns at some point to his 'normal' solo carrer.The Empyrean + the albums he released in 2004 are brilliant.
    I feel like this could have been much better sounding. To me, the track just sounds really empty. It sounds like John came up with some cool progressions, but there just isn't that much on the track.
    Swahili Blonde were awesome with john. like a relaxed old school john. thought this was going to be similar.
    kill it
    i'm a huge frusciante and mars volta/at the drive-in fan. i don't like this and was expecting something much better.
    I was hoping for a guitar team up of pure awesomeness but got electronic music instead, pretty bummed : / But its their art and they can do what they want
    Actually in the band credits it says that the only thing John does in the band is play guitar. It's probably just treated like crazy
    Give it time, John will come back. Not to RHCP, but to epic normal music. With that said I greatly enjoyed pbx and letur lefr
    Yeah. Any longtime Frusciante fan knows that he goes through ridiculous phases all the time.; Just have to wait it out.