Post Hardcore Legends At The Drive-In Return With New Album and Tour

Courtesy of Rise Records

Courtesy of Rise Records

By Luis Linan

17 years after the release of their landmark album Relationship of Command and subsequent breakup, Texas rock band At The Drive-In announced the release of their new LP entitled in·ter a·li·a on May 5th. The band also has plans to support the record with an extensive North American and European tour throughout the spring and summer.

After originally calling it quits in 2000, members Cedric Bixler-Zavala (vocals), Omar Rodriguez-Lopez (guitar, vocals), Jim Ward (guitar, vocals), Paul Hinojos (bass), and Tony Hajjar (drums) reunited for a run of live shows in both 2012 and 2016 while going back and forth on whether new music was in the cards.The new album will also be the first without guitarist and vocalist Jim Ward, who decided to leave the band before their 2016 tour and has been replaced by Keeley Davis.

After originally calling it quits in 2000, members Cedric Bixler-Zavala (vocals), Omar Rodriguez-Lopez (guitar, vocals), Jim Ward (guitar, vocals), Paul Hinojos (bass), and Tony Hajjar (drums) reunited for a run of live shows in both 2012 and 2016 while going back and forth on whether new music was in the cards.The new album will also be the first without guitarist and vocalist Jim Ward, who decided to leave the band before their 2016 tour and has been replaced by Keeley Davis.

Based off the two singles released so far, “Governed By Contagions” and “Incurably Innocent,” the group sounds focused, locked in, and ready to pick up where they left off. While Ward’s back up vocals are sorely missed on the new tracks, the core attributes that made ATDI a force to be reckoned with remain. Cedric Bixler-Zavala’s vocals are as fantastic as ever, ranging from a malevolent nasally snarl to fully belted and powerful higher notes. He retains the cryptic lyrics he was known for, and still conveys a dreadful sense of anxiety and paranoia that paint strong images in the minds of listeners. Rodriguez Lopez’s virtuosic guitar flourishes are inspired, and remain just beneath the surface, fully integrating with the song and never overpowering its other elements. Bassist Paul Hinojos and drummer Tony Hajjar, while often overlooked, played an integral role in the early albums providing an air tight rhythm section as the foundation on which the others built, and they continue to do so in the new songs.

All in all, the decision by the group to take their time, not only in deciding if a new album was something they really wanted to do, but also in working on the songs to make sure they are up to the standard of the At The Drive-In name, was the right call. Their forthcoming album release on May 5th should be eagerly anticipated.

At the Drive-In Tour Dates: 
 

03/17 – New Orleans, LA @ Civic Theatre

03/18 – Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle

03/20 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club

03/22 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5

03/25 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues

03/27 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore

03/29 – Toronto, ON @ Rebel

05/06 – El Paso, TX @ County Coliseum

05/08 – Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee Theatre

05/09 – San Diego, CA @ Soma

05/12 – San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

05/13 – Los Angeles, CA @ Shrine Auditorium

05/17 – Mexico City, MX @ Pepsi Center WTC

06/07 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s

06/09 – San Antonio, TX @ Aztec Theater

06/10 – Houston, TX @ Revention Music Center

06/12 – Dallas, TX @ South Side Ballroom

06/13 – Oklahoma City, OK @ The Criterion

06/15 – Denver, CO @ The Fillmore

06/17 – St. Paul, MN @ Palace Theatre

06/18 – Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom

07/20 – Columbus, OH @ Express Live!

06/21 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre

08/15-17 – St. Polten, AT @ FM4 Frequency Festival

08/16-19 – Paredes De Coura, PT @ Paredes De Coura Festival

08/16-19 – Kiewit, BE @ Pukkelpop

08/25-27 – Reading, UK @ Reading Festival

08/25-27 – Leeds, UK @ Leeds Festival

Luis Linan