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

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