At the Drive-In to Tour, Release New Music in 2016
The first we've heard from the post-hardcore band since their 2000 classic Relationship of Command.
Sixteen years ago, At the Drive-In seemed like they were on the precipice of very big things. They had a razor-sharp new album (Relationship of Command), it was being released on a respected indie label (Grand Royal), and they were slated to open a major arena tour for two of the biggest bands in the world (Beastie Boys and Rage Against the Machine). The tour was cancelled after Beastie Boy Mike D injured his arm, Grand Royal Records folded, and At the Drive-In imploded in most spectacular fashion following a thirteen-minute set at 2001’s Big Day Out.
After the band broke up, singer Cedric Bixler-Zavala and guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez explored the deepest reaches of their eccentricity with The Mars Volta while Jim Ward, Paul Hinojos, and Tony Hajjar formed the punk band Sparta. While both groups experienced success (The Mars Volta in particular), they both lacked the inventive spark that powered their original band.
Now, after a brief 2012 reunion, the band has announced that they will be releasing new music sometime in 2016. It’s not yet clear whether this “new music” will be a proper followup to Relationship of Command, but they have shared a thirty-second blast of sound on their website.
Additionally, the band have announced a lengthy world tour that will see them playing Shaky Knees Festival in Atlanta and Columbus, Ohio’s Rock on the Range. Hopefully those dates will go better than Big Day Out in 2001.
Below, check out At the Drive-In playing Relationship of Command‘s “One-Armed Scissor” on Conan in 2000, as well as their North American dates.
At the Drive-In North American tour dates
23 – Hollywood, CA @ Fonda Theatre
13-15 – Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Knees Music Festival
17 – Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
19 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
20-22 – Columbus, OH @ Rock on the Range Music Festival
3 – San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
5 – Portland, OR @ McMenamin’s Crystal Ballroom
7 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
8 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox Sodo
11 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore
14 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
17 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5
18 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
21 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew’s Hall
23 – Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Hall
(via Consequence of Sound)