Nearly four years after a surprise reunion run in 2012, seminal post-hardcore group At the Drive-In recently made the announcement that they’re reforming once more, and this time around they’ll make it to Nashville, May 17 for a performance at Marathon Music Works! If that news alone isn’t enough to make you dust off your copy of Relationship of Command and start spinning it on repeat immediately, there’s even more: the group have also announced plans to make music for the first time in 16 years. While there’s no timetable on new tunes, this is incredibly great (and surprising) news, if, for nothing else, because it means they’re back because they want to be, not just to cash in on the recent wave of punk nostalgia that’s been sweeping the scene. Tickets for the show, which is pretty much guaranteed to sell out, will go on sale Friday, Jan. 29 at 10 a.m. CST right here, but if you’re feeling lucky, we’re also giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky reader! Enter below, and read on for details about what will likely be one of 2016’s best shows!
AT THE DRIVE-IN
Formed in 1993 in El Paso, TX by vocalist Cedric Bixler-Zavala and guitarist Jim Ward, later joined by Omar Rodríguez-López (guitar), Paul Hinojos (bass), and drummer Tony Hajjar (drums), At the Drive-In exploded onto the scene with their 1996 debut Acrobatic Tenement, heralded for their strong live show and relentless work ethic. Though their early years were characterized by constant DIY touring, word of mouth buzz, and beloved but relatively indie releases, by the time their final full-length, Relationship of Command, dropped in 2000, the band were gaining a worldwide reputation for being the best thing to happen to post-hardcore since Fugazi. Known for their frenetic, intense live show, and for their ability to flex so much range and musical influence within a defined scene, ATDI have only become more fondly remembered in the years since their 2001 split, and are now largely regarded as one of the most important rock bands of their era.
For many years, the chances of a reunion seemed pretty slim, with Rodríguez-López and Bixler-Zavala finding unprecedented success as The Mars Volta, and Ward and Hajjar continuing their alt rock legacy with Sparta (Hinojos would start in Sparta, before spending several years in The Mars Volta). However, on and off talk of a reunion turned into a full-fledged summer tour in 2012, bringing the band back together about a dozen shows and festival appearances, before fading back into other projects, and staying pretty silent about ATDI’s future prospects. However, to our surprise and delight, the group started popping up on summer festival lineups in recent months, officially confirming plans to tour and to release music for the first time in 16 years, jumping from defunct to truly back; something we genuinely never expected. What At the Drive-In will sound like in 2016 (or 2017; there’s no timeline on release plans) is anybody’s guess, but individually, they’re better than they’ve ever been. What we know for sure, though, is that their Marathon show is sure to be an intense, nostalgic, and unforgettable outing and if you grew up on this band, you don’t want to miss it.
ENTER TO WIN TICKETS
Enter to win tickets by filling out the form below. Must be 18+ to attend, per show’s age restrictions. After you have entered, there will be the option to share this contest via social media. For each person that you refer to the contest, you will receive an additional entry. If you experience any trouble with the contest widget, or have any questions, feel free to email us at [email protected].
Winner will be announced Monday, Feb. 8 at 6 p.m. CST, and will receive one pair of tickets. Good luck!
At the Drive-In will perform Tuesday, May 17 at Marathon Music Works. The show is 18+, begins at 8 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.), and tickets will be available for $38-40 beginning Friday, Jan. 29.