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Combining emotional melodies and upbeat rhythms moving at an unpredictable rate, At the Drive-In definitely stuck out in their hometown of El Paso, Texas. Formed in early 1994, the group debuted soon after with its first EP, Hell Paso, followed by a brief tour across the Lone Star State. With a lineup secured by Cedric Bixler (vocals), Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Jim Ward (guitar), Paul Hinojos (bass), and Tony Hajjar (drums), At the Drive-In released a second EP, Alfaro Vive, Carajo!, and toured mostly empty houses and clubs across the western United States. A small gig in Los Angeles -- with an audience consisting of only nine people -- somehow got the attention of Flipside Records, which released the band's first full-length, Acrobatic Tenement, in 1996. With constant energy and a stubborn enthusiasm to continue, At the Drive-In began to develop an audience, helped out by constant touring and word-of-mouth hype. Their 1997 follow-up EP, El Gran Orgo, had more of a melodic bite, but their musical depth and originality remained. In/Casino/Out followed in 1998, and 2000 saw the release of Relationship of Command. In 2001, the band went on indefinite hiatus. Bixler and Rodriguez-Lopez formed the Mars Volta, while Ward, Hajjar, and Hinojos moved on to Sparta. By May 2005 that hiatus looked pretty permanent, with both Sparta and the Volta's careers thriving and At the Drive-In issuing a retrospective compilation. This Station Is Non-Operational, released through Fearless domestically, included hits, rarities, cover songs (Smiths, Pink Floyd), and DVD content. In 2012, seemingly out of nowhere, the bandmembers announced that they would be reuniting and performing at the Coachella Festival that April. They went on to perform at a handful of other festivals that year, and reissued their first three albums on their own label, Twenty-First Chapter. In 2013, the Mars Volta dissolved, leaving the band open to a possibility that had been repeatedly shot down: recording new At the Drive-In music. To the delight of their loyal fans, three years later in 2016, the bandmembers announced they were heading back into the studio and would embark on a reunion world tour. However, they would be one man short. In March, mere days before the trek began, Ward announced he was leaving the group. At the end of the year, At the Drive-In returned with the single "Governed by Contagions." Months later, they revealed the title of their fourth album, in•ter a•li•a (Rise Records). Due to Ward not featuring on the release, the group recruited the talents of former Sparta guitarist Keeley Davis to contribute. The record arrived in May 2017 and featured "Governed by Contagions" and "Incurably Innocent" as lead singles. ~ Mike DaRonco
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At the Drive-In

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Albums by
At the Drive-In

Top Songs by
At the Drive-In

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    Popularity
  2.   One Armed Scissor
  3.   Chanbara
  4.   Arcarsenal
  5.   Pickpocket
  6.   Transatlantic Foe
  7.   Pattern Against User
  8.   Invalid Litter Dept.
  9.   Hulahoop Wounds
  10.   Enfilade
  11.   Cosmonaut
  12.   Napoleon Solo
  13.   Rolodex Propaganda
  14.   Ursa Minor
  15.   Incurably Innocent
  16.   Starslight
  17.   Holtzclaw
  18.   Schaffino
  19.   Hostage Stamps
  20.   No Wolf Like the Present
  21.   Continuum
  22.   Governed by Contagions
  23.   Non-Zero Possibility
  24.   Metronome Arthritis
  25.   Sleepwalk Capsules
  26.   Quarantined
  27.   Mannequin Republic
  28.   Alpha Centauri
  29.   Fahrenheit
  30.   Lopsided
  31.   198d
  32.   Take Up Thy Stethoscope and Walk
  33.   1986
  34.   Torrentially Cutshaw
  35.   Call Broken Arrow
  36.   Pendulum in a Peasant Dress
  37.   Tilting at the Univendor
  38.   Doorman's Placebo
  39.   Extracurricular
  40.   Paid Vacation Time
  41.   Initiation
  42.   Incetardis
  43.   Heliotrope
  44.   Proxima Centauri
  45.   Rascuache
  46.   A Devil Among the Tailors
  47.   For Now We Toast
  48.   Picket Fence Cartel
  49.   Skips on the Record
  50.   Shaking Hand Incision
  51.   This Night Has Opened My Eyes
  52.   Autorelocator
  53.   Catacombs
  54.   Porfirio Diaz
  55.   Coating of Arms
  56.   Blue Tag
  57.   Ticklish
  58.   Communication Drive-In
  59.   Ebroglio
  60.   300 MHz
  61.   Catacomb
  62.   Hourglass
  63.   Ghost-Tape No. 9

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