Ataxia (band)

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John Frusciante performing with Ataxia on February 2, 2004 at the Knitting Factory.
John Frusciante performing with Ataxia on February 2, 2004 at the Knitting Factory.
Background information
Years activeJanuary – February 2004
MembersJohn Frusciante
Joe Lally
Josh Klinghoffer

Ataxia was an American experimental rock supergroup formed in 2004 by guitarist John Frusciante (Red Hot Chili Peppers), bassist Joe Lally (Fugazi) and drummer Josh Klinghoffer (Dot Hacker, The Bicycle Thief), who later succeeded Frusciante as the lead guitarist of the Red Hot Chili Peppers until 2019, at which point Frusciante rejoined the band.

Ataxia wrote and recorded songs for two weeks, and the material was separated into two albums: Automatic Writing (2004) and AW II (2007). The songs all feature a ground-bass line with the guitar overlaying different motifs and long developments. In March 2008, Lally described the band's writing process:[1]

The songs would be initiated by me settling into a bass line. While the bass line was forming Josh would be playing and John would start to do something - with a few minutes, with a beat, I’d just keep going. There were no thoughts to it being the 'end product', a recording, but it led to that. The goal was just to see how quickly we could work music into place - I think it was a really interesting exercise for [Frusciante and Klinghoffer]. [...] The project really was just to be a show, not a recording, and no one would ever hear it again.

Ataxia performed two shows, both at the Knitting Factory in Los Angeles, on February 2 and February 3, 2004. Following this, the group disbanded. Josh Klinghoffer continued to work with Frusciante on his solo projects and as a touring musician with the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

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  1. ^ "March 2008 Joe Lally interview transcript | John Frusciante unofficial website – Invisible Movement". 2008-05-07. Archived from the original on 23 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-15.