As we noted last month, the fabled late-90s post-hardcore band At The Drive-In is reuniting in 2016. Today, the band shared two fun news nuggets: One, the list of tour dates they’ve booked so far this year, and Two, that in addition to the tour, the band will be releasing new music. The new tunes would be the first from the full lineup in 16 years, since their breakout (and final) LP, 2000’s Relationship of Command.
After their turn-of-the-century dissolution, At The Drive-In’s members spawned several projects, from the Jim Ward-fronted projects Sleepercar and Sparta to the experimental prog of The Mars Volta. Guitarist Jarrett Wrenn and bassist Kenny Hopper formed Crime in Choir with other NorCal-based musicians, including Death Grips’ Zach Hill. Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Cedric Bixler spent much of the subsequent decades bickering, working on solo projects in addition to the Mars Volta, then folding that band and starting a new one, Antemasque.
When the first tour dates were announced in December, Ward claimed ignorance, telling the El Paso Times‘ Dave Acosta to “Let me know what you hear,” when asked about the reunion. But his face is front-and-center on the band’s website along with Bixler and Rodriguez, so it appears that the main songwriters will be back for the new record. Even at the reunion performances back in 2012, they didn’t appear to like each other very much, so these sessions will either capture the tension that made those At The Drive-In records so spectacular, or it will implode gloriously.
Either way, we can’t wait.
At the Drive-In 2016 Tour Dates:
03/23 – Hollywood, CA @ Fonda Theatre
03/26 – Dublin, IE @ Vicar Street
03/27 – London, UK @ Roundhouse
03/29 – Paris, FR @ Le Trianon
03/30 – Cologne, DE @ Palladium
03/31 – Amsterdam, NL @ Melkweg
04/01 – Brussels, BE @ Ancienne Belgique
04/04 – Berlin, DE @ Columbiahalle
04/05 – Vienna, AT @ Vienna Arena
04/07 – Milan, IT @ Fabrique
04/08-09 – Lausanne, CH @ Impetus Festival
04/10 – Barcelona, ES @ Razzmatazz
05/13-15 – Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Knees Music Festival
05/17 – Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
05/19 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
05/20-22 – Columbus, OH @ Rock on the Range Music Festival
06/03 – San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
06/05 – Portland, OR @ McMenamin’s Crystal Ballroom
06/07 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
06/08 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox Sodo
06/11 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore
06/14 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
06/17 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5
06/18 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
06/21 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew’s Hall
06/23 – Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Hall