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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 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 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." In early 2017, the band announced its fourth album, in•ter a•li•a, to be released via Rise Records. The record arrived in May that year 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

  1.   Song
  2.   One Armed Scissor
  3.   Chanbara
  4.   Arcarsenal
  5.   Pickpocket
  6.   Transatlantic Foe
  7.   Hostage Stamps
  8.   Pattern Against User
  9.   Invalid Litter Dept.
  10.   Hulahoop Wounds
  11.   Rolodex Propaganda
  12.   Napoleon Solo
  13.   Cosmonaut
  14.   Enfilade
  15.   Ursa Minor
  16.   Governed by Contagions
  17.   Starslight
  18.   Schaffino
  19.   Incurably Innocent
  20.   Non-Zero Possibility
  21.   Metronome Arthritis
  22.   Quarantined
  23.   Mannequin Republic
  24.   Alpha Centauri
  25.   Sleepwalk Capsules
  26.   Lopsided
  27.   1986
  28.   Take Up Thy Stethoscope and Walk
  29.   Fahrenheit
  30.   This Night Has Opened My Eyes
  31.   Doorman's Placebo
  32.   Blue Tag
  33.   Incetardis
  34.   Shaking Hand Incision
  35.   Extracurricular
  36.   Paid Vacation Time
  37.   Autorelocator
  38.   Catacomb
  39.   Catacombs
  40.   Porfirio Diaz
  41.   Coating of Arms
  42.   Skips on the Record
  43.   Initiation
  44.   Ebroglio
  45.   Proxima Centauri
  46.   Rascuache
  47.   A Devil Among the Tailors
  48.   Picket Fence Cartel
  49.   Hourglass
  50.   Communication Drive-In
  51.   198d
  52.   300 MHz
  53.   For Now We Toast
  54.   Ticklish
  55.   Heliotrope

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