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

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