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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 around 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 still 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 music. To the delight of their loyal fans, three years later in 2016, the band 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 his split from the band and wouldn't be joining them on the road. At the end of the year, At the Drive-In returned with the single "Governed by Contagions." ~ 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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  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.   Cosmonaut
  11.   Napoleon Solo
  12.   Rolodex Propaganda
  13.   Enfilade
  14.   Ursa Minor
  15.   Starslight
  16.   Schaffino
  17.   Governed by Contagions
  18.   Metronome Arthritis
  19.   Mannequin Republic
  20.   Sleepwalk Capsules
  21.   Quarantined
  22.   Alpha Centauri
  23.   Non-Zero Possibility
  24.   Catacombs
  25.   Lopsided
  26.   Incetardis
  27.   1986
  28.   Doorman's Placebo
  29.   Extracurricular
  30.   Picket Fence Cartel
  31.   Skips on the Record
  32.   This Night Has Opened My Eyes
  33.   Ticklish
  34.   Initiation
  35.   198d
  36.   300 MHz
  37.   Proxima Centauri
  38.   Rascuache
  39.   Shaking Hand Incision
  40.   A Devil Among the Tailors
  41.   For Now We Toast
  42.   Autorelocator
  43.   Porfirio Diaz
  44.   Coating of Arms
  45.   Blue Tag
  46.   Paid Vacation Time
  47.   Communication Drive-In
  48.   Ebroglio
  49.   Fahrenheit
  50.   Hourglass
  51.   Heliotrope
  52.   Catacomb
  53.   Take Up Thy Stethoscope and Walk

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