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At the Drive-In

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

Top Songs by
At the Drive-In

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

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