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

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