The disc is available now via Rise Records and can be streamed below.
in•ter a•li•aRise Records
By AJ Phink
At The Drive will release their latest full length, in•ter a•li•a, on the 5th May 2017, this album represents their first release in twelve years and their first album of new material since Relationship Of Command that was released back in 2000, the best part of two decades ago. At The Drive In really don’t need any introduction, but a lot can change in two decades and sometimes a long hiatus between recordings can lead to a significant change in style and attitude in a band, so what does the reappearance of At The Drive In signify?
The new album follows At The Drive In‘s reformation last year, the first, and most obvious, thing that strikes you is that original member Jim Ward has declined to be involved in the reformed band and has been replaced by Sparta‘s Keely Davis, whilst this might worry fans with fond memories of the band, it shouldn’t, as from the first track, No Wolf Like The Present, it’s clear that the years and the line up changes haven’t diminished their aggression or attack in the slightest. From the aforementioned opening track to the closing number, and lead single, from the album, Hostage Stamps, their isn’t a weak link in this impressive eleven track album.
At The Drive In have released a worthy successor to their back catalogue, it contains all the discord and attack you’d expect from a band with this pedigree, but they aren’t just recreating past glories, this is a contemporary album that is by no means a wander down memory lane, crucially in•ter a•li•a is an album that should satisfy new converts and established fans alike. At The Drive In are back and their latest album indicates that they aren’t just in it for the money, their punk influenced post hardcore fury sounds as alive as ever and this is an album that will be amongst the best releases from this year, it’s good to have them back.
in•ter a•li•a can be pre-ordered here
Fresh off a triumphant handful of US dates, including a surprise pop-up performance that was the talk of SXSW and a run of make-up dates, At The Drive In have unleashed Hostage Stamps, the third single from the highly anticipated new album, in • ter a • li • a, out May 5th on Rise Records ahead of the band’s next live performance on UK soil at the Reading & Leeds festivals this August.
For more details of tour dates and album pre-orders stay tuned to At The Drive In‘s website here
The video for Hostage Stamps, and At The Drive In‘s festival appearances, can be viewed below Read More…
With praise still reverberating from December’s unveiling of Governed By Contagions, At The Drive In has issued another clarion call from its first album in 17 years, Incurably Innocent is the second track to be released in advance of that record, titled in • ter a • li • a, the album is now available for pre-order and confirmed for release on May 5th on Rise Records. The album’s release will be immediately followed by a new series of live dates across the US before the band head to Europe and the UK.
You can pre-order in • ter a • li • a here
You can view the lyric video for Incurably Innocent, and the tour dates, below Read More…
Gone Is GoneRise Records
By AJ Phink
Gone Is Gone are a heavyweight American rock supergroup that were formed earlier this year. They are comprised of Troy Sanders, better known as the vocalist and bass player from Mastodon, Troy Van Leeuwen, guitarist for Queens Of The Stone Age, Tony Haijar, the drummer from At The Drive In, and their secret weapon, Mike Zarin, a renowned multi instrumentalist and composer. With the potential on show from the component members of Gone Is Gone I was hopeful they would be something special.
As you’d expect this is a pummelling slice of alt-rock, opening track Violescent makes me think of a 21st century Black Sabbath, this is followed by Starlight, a sinister number that builds to a impressive crescendo. However, it’s not all brooding rock, Character and Recede And Enter are disquieting instrumentals, whilst these two songs are interesting compositions they don’t really add to the album, I can see people skipping to the next track after they’ve played this self titled album a few times. The remaining four tracks carry on in the same vein as Gone Is Gone began, they carry the darkness that is inherent in the tone of the album but for some reason they don’t quite hit the spot.
Gone Is Gone are from the heavier end of the alt rock stable, the songwriting and musicianship on display on this album can’t be faulted, yet I can’t help feeling disappointed, this album rarely seems to get out of third gear, for all of the pedigree they bring from their parent bands this album feels oddly restrained, Gone Is Gone never seem to quite open up the throttle and let loose. This is a fine album but with a few tracks that upped that ante, or offered something different from the moody alt-rock, it could have been something greater. Sadly Gone Is Gone is a case where the whole is not greater than the sum of it’s parts.
Gone Is Gone will be released on July 8th and can be ordered from iTunes, deluxe packages including CD, vinyl and cassette, can be ordered here
“As our ship prepares for voyage, we announce that Jim Ward will not be joining us on future journeys. We wish him well and are excited to see you soon.”
The band plans to enlist a new member to fill Ward’s shoes, and intends on releasing a new full length later this year.
Relationship Of CommandFearless Records
By Bobby Gorman
Since their breakup in 2001 the members of At The Drive-In have continued to make a name for themselves playing in such bands as Sparta and The Mars Volta. They continue to push the boundaries of genres and music itself by thinking outside of the norm, experimenting with new styles and sounds. This isn’t anything new; At The Drive-In were ahead of the game in their time, and their breakup came as a surprise to many. Even since the release of this album in 2000, it still continues to make a mark in today’s music, set as a cornerstone in what music has become. Almost five years since it’s original release the music on this album is still relevant and still groundbreaking in comparison to everything new coming out of the swamp. What is it that makes At The Drive-In so great? It’s hard to pick just one reason.
Right from the start you can sense that this record is nothing ordinary. The vocals scream to be noticed while the intricate guitar lines demand to be heard. This is the section which eventually became The Mars Volta, but that’s not important right now. Since the band formed Cedric Bixler Zavala and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez have been held in high regard as some of today’s greatest musicians by all that know them. What they are creating today is a result and an attachment to what they started in the days of ATDI. This album is packed full of in-depth lyrics that will beg you to sing along and think differently at the same time. It seems that this is more than just music to Cedric, it’s more of a gate of expression in which he finds it necessary to inform people of what’s going on in the world. Invalid Litter Dept. tells the story of poverty and corruption, and at the same time is an enjoyable tune to sing along to. They’re not sung in any pattern either; it’s an all over the place attack of words that somehow still manage to make sense. Rhyming pattern or no rhyming pattern, the songs make sense, the words make sense, and the music just makes sense.
Anyone who knows of the ATDI members current bands know that they are quite different than this. A Sparta record cannot be compared to a Mars Volta record, but still people try to do just that. But when the members came together they created what was right for them at that time, and without Jim Ward who knows what it would have been like. There really isn’t enough I can say about this band or this record, you really have to listen to it. I can’t put down in words the feeling you get listening to these songs and having your body swell with emotion. And don’t think that wasn’t planned, these guys are musicians at their core. In writing the songs they knew that these notes and this progression would make the listener feel this way. It’s an experience beyond what most artists can accomplish. It’s a rollercoaster ride incomparible to those at Wonderland or any Disney park.
Playing alongside the guitars and the bass is drummer Tony Hajjar, who keeps it simple and subtle. Although he is an incredibly talented drummer, he plays what is right for the song and what is right for the mood, and with such powerful vocals and guitar lines there is no need for an over the top drummer, even though he could be just that if needed. There’s a perfect blend here that is hard to copy. I have confidence that if this album were put out today, it would still be considered groundbreaking. Personally there are very few albums that can be current over such a gap of time. Refused comes to mind as one of such bands, and I’m sure they share a great number of fans with ATDI.
Somehow over the years At The Drive-In managed to make music that would still be cutting edge even years after their split. Relationship Of Command is an album that does just that; it encompasses a time to come, what at the moment was just a faint rumble on the ground and has grown to a full out earthquake of clones. Many bands have tried, many bands will try, but very few will ever be able to make such an impact on a culture as At The Drive-In was able to do with such a small hold on the mainstream. That wasn’t what they wanted nor what they needed, they just desired and deserved to be heard. And they were, by many. If you don’t own this album I urge you to go out and get it. Show respect to those who paved the way for the bands you listen to know because without bands like this, today’s scene would have a completely different sound.
Dine Alone Records has announced that the Canadian record label will be re-issuing two of At The Drive-In‘s their classic albums in the great white north. The label will be reissuing Acrobatic Tenement and an expanded version of 2000’s Relationship Of Command with two bonus tracks. Label owner Joel Carriere comments:
“ATDI had a huge impact on me and our early beginnings as a company… I have so much respect and love for what they have done. Being able to release two of their most critically acclaimed albums on Dine Alone is an honour and a personal ‘mind-blower’ for us super fans in this office.”
At The Drive-In reunited this past January for two performances at this year’s Coachella Valley Music Festival. The band has since confirmed that they will also perform at Australia’s Splendour In The Grass Music Festival.
Eleven years after calling it a day, At The Drive-In have announced that they will be reuniting.
“¡ ATTENTION ! To whom it may concern: AT THE DRIVE-IN will be breaking their 11 year silence THIS STATION IS …NOW…OPERATIONAL.”
The band last release the seminal Relationship of Command in 2001. After their break up, members went on to form The Mars Volta and Sparta.