At The Drive-In

Travis Bickle 03-12-2005 01:26 AM
At The Drive-In is a post-punk, pseudo-emo-core band with a very unique sound. Like Fugazi, only...very different.



Cedric Bixler-Zavala - Vocals
Jim Ward - Guitar,Vocals
Omar A. Rodriguez-Lopez - Guitar
Paul Hinojos - Bass
Tony Hajjar - Drums

At The Drive-In hail from El Paso, Texas (yet all were born in countries/states), and formed in the very early 90's. Their live shows were amazing (I had the privelage to go to one of their last shows ever played), and they even tried to recreate them on a couple of their studio albums.

They broke up in 2001 due to creative differences. Cedric and Omar went on to create De-Facto (a spanish/electronica band) and then The Mars Volta. Jim, Paul and Tony went on to create Sparta, which kind of sounds like Taking Back Sunday mixed with The Violent Femmes.

Their albums are as follows (the ones in bold are the major, more well known, albums that are still in issue):

Hell Paso (EP) - 1994
Alfaro Vive, Carajo! (EP) - 1995
Acrobatic Tenement - 1996
El Gran Orgo (EP) - 1997
In/Casino/Out - 1998
Vaya (EP) - 1999
Relationship of Command - 2000 (shown below)



Relationship of Command is their last and most well known album, with tracks like One Armed Scissor and Invalid Letter Dept. . It also features a track where they collaborated with punk master Iggy Pop of Iggy and the Stooges fame.

For those of you wondering how the At The Drive-In members were distributed, I made this little diagram:



Um...anyone ever hear of them? Confused
R_Dorothied 03-12-2005 10:19 AM
Don't you DARE even label them as such. They're far more talented then the labels you've placed on them. With that said, At the Drive-In is PRIMA .
Travis Bickle 03-12-2005 10:45 AM
quote:
Originally posted by R_Dorothied
Don't you DARE even label them as such. They're far more talented then the labels you've placed on them. With that said, At the Drive-In is PRIMA .


....but that's straight from the mouth of Jim Ward... Crying

What would you call them, then, M'lady? By the media, and by some of the band members, they've been dubbed post hard core, pose emo core, post punk, etc. etc. They're unique, but can also fit into a genre somewhere (unlike the mars volta). I've been a fan for many years now...

Please, enlighten me...
R_Dorothied 03-12-2005 01:20 PM
First off, they shouldn't be compared to Fugazi. ATDI is full of far more talent than Fugazi is and would ever be. To label them "pseudo-emo-core" is a blatent insult to them. They're, if anything, pseudo funk rock, and that's even pushing the label title. To label them emo is to throw them in categories containing The Juliana Theory and Dashboard Confessional, both bands which cannot compete for the excellence and talent that At The Drive-In possesses.
Travis Bickle 03-12-2005 05:46 PM
quote:
Originally posted by R_Dorothied
First off, they shouldn't be compared to Fugazi. ATDI is full of far more talent than Fugazi is and would ever be. To label them "pseudo-emo-core" is a blatent insult to them. They're, if anything, pseudo funk rock, and that's even pushing the label title. To label them emo is to throw them in categories containing The Juliana Theory and Dashboard Confessional, both bands which cannot compete for the excellence and talent that At The Drive-In possesses.


There's a difference between Emo and Emo-core. Emo is the whiney little bitches that stand in front of a mic and "play guitar" (I was dragged to a Something Corporate concert by a friend of mine, and noticed that they were lipsyncing). Emo-core is basically hardcore punk with...well...Cedric's ATD-I vocals. Kind of a slight hint of dissonance in the vocals. Back in the late 90's/early 21st century, emo-core bands were breaking out into the scene around where I lived. They suddenly died off. However, ATDI is reffered to as "pseudo-emo-core" by it's fans and it's (ex) band members because of how it can somewhat relate to the genre. I have the interview in which this was said on my pc back home. It's members of Sparta taking to Spin, I think. Good stuff.

They really don't fit into a genre.However, they're hardly pseudo funk rock.

And yeah, Fugazi isn't that great a band, but them and ATD-I sound somewhat similar.
R_Dorothied 03-13-2005 10:42 AM
quote:
However, ATDI is reffered to as "pseudo-emo-core" by it's fans and it's (ex) band members because of how it can somewhat relate to the genre.


However, if you label it "pseudo-emo-core", then it's not emo core, for pseudo means fake/false/faux. (Trust me, I have many pseudo-pretentions). They can label as they please, but At the Drive-In themselves have, at the shows I've been able to attend, have never classified themselves into any genre. More over, they tend to relate themselves other bands, in terms of sexual whatever (for example, when labeling Mid-west local spunk band CSNVTT, they claimed they sounded like, "The Hives butt-fcking the Vines," . Which, is a far more tasteful and original way to label, as opposed to "PSEUDO-EMO-CORE"..


XXXPSEUDOEMOCOREXXX

Give me a break, please. With that said, who cares what they're labeled, I'm simply stating they shouldn't be placed under such a category with bands that cannot even compete with At The Drive-In's talent. The point is, I liike them, I've seen them, and I've got their 8".
Travis Bickle 03-13-2005 12:12 PM
quote:
Originally posted by R_Dorothied
quote:
However, ATDI is reffered to as "pseudo-emo-core" by it's fans and it's (ex) band members because of how it can somewhat relate to the genre.


However, if you label it "pseudo-emo-core", then it's not emo core, for pseudo means fake/false/faux. (Trust me, I have many pseudo-pretentions). They can label as they please, but At the Drive-In themselves have, at the shows I've been able to attend, have never classified themselves into any genre. More over, they tend to relate themselves other bands, in terms of sexual whatever (for example, when labeling Mid-west local spunk band CSNVTT, they claimed they sounded like, "The Hives butt-fcking the Vines," . Which, is a far more tasteful and original way to label, as opposed to "PSEUDO-EMO-CORE"..


XXXPSEUDOEMOCOREXXX

Give me a break, please. With that said, who cares what they're labeled, I'm simply stating they shouldn't be placed under such a category with bands that cannot even compete with At The Drive-In's talent. The point is, I liike them, I've seen them, and I've got their 8".


I know what pseudo means. I've seen them live as well, and thanks to the radio station that I work at, I own Hell Paso and a rare demo of theirs. Now, if you please, let's lay this matter to rest and leave this thread open for discussion from others.
Mike 03-13-2005 12:20 PM
Oh, for Chrissakes, who cares if something's post-emo-core-hardcore-heavy-light-whatever?

If you like it, listen to it. If you don't, then don't.

Anyway, I remember that song One Armed Scissor. I forget how it goes but I remember that I liked it.
Shaoblane 03-13-2005 12:23 PM
quote:
Originally posted by Cerpin Taxt
At The Drive-In is a post-punk, pseudo-emo-core band with a very unique sound. Like Fugazi, only...very different.



Cedric Bixler-Zavala - Vocals
Jim Ward - Guitar,Vocals
Omar A. Rodriguez-Lopez - Guitar
Paul Hinojos - Bass
Tony Hajjar - Drums

At The Drive-In hail from El Paso, Texas (yet all were born in countries/states), and formed in the very early 90's. Their live shows were amazing (I had the privelage to go to one of their last shows ever played), and they even tried to recreate them on a couple of their studio albums.

They broke up in 2001 due to creative differences. Cedric and Omar went on to create De-Facto (a spanish/electronica band) and then The Mars Volta. Jim, Paul and Tony went on to create Sparta, which kind of sounds like Taking Back Sunday mixed with The Violent Femmes.

Their albums are as follows (the ones in bold are the major, more well known, albums that are still in issue):

Hell Paso (EP) - 1994
Alfaro Vive, Carajo! (EP) - 1995
Acrobatic Tenement - 1996
El Gran Orgo (EP) - 1997
In/Casino/Out - 1998
Vaya (EP) - 1999
Relationship of Command - 2000 (shown below)



Relationship of Command is their last and most well known album, with tracks like One Armed Scissor and Invalid Letter Dept. . It also features a track where they collaborated with punk master Iggy Pop of Iggy and the Stooges fame.

Um...anyone ever hear of them? Confused


Man, Scott! You've really done your homework! You can use this for a report or something.

I think I might have heard them. Do they sound anything like Los Lonely Boys, because I thought I saw their name on Launchcast.
Travis Bickle 03-13-2005 01:08 PM
quote:
Originally posted by Shaoblane

Man, Scott! You've really done your homework! You can use this for a report or something.

I think I might have heard them. Do they sound anything like Los Lonely Boys, because I thought I saw their name on Launchcast.


No. Los Lonely Boys should die...

And this is no homework. I did all of this off the top of my head, except for stealing an image or two from google images.
Mugiwara Luffy 03-13-2005 05:34 PM
quote:
Originally posted by GAT-X105
Oh, for Chrissakes, who cares if something's post-emo-core-hardcore-heavy-light-whatever?

If you like it, listen to it. If you don't, then don't.


Big Grin Well said!

Genre labeling sucks hardcore.
BethMcBeth 03-14-2005 04:14 AM
Interesting and well said points by all its funny hte guy with the larger Afphro looks like someone I knew cool.
Volt 03-31-2005 04:58 PM
I just got Relationship of Command, and I have to agree with Cerpin's opinion that it is one of the best CDs ever. I've only listened to it once but I still love it. Invalid Litter Dept. and Enfilade are already two of my favorite songs ever. Simply amazing stuff.
Haha, it's sorta funny how Jim was the odd man out (the only white guy) in the band. He kicks ass though.
Travis Bickle 04-17-2005 08:35 PM
quote:
Originally posted by Volt
I just got Relationship of Command, and I have to agree with Cerpin's opinion that it is one of the best CDs ever. I've only listened to it once but I still love it. Invalid Litter Dept. and Enfilade are already two of my favorite songs ever. Simply amazing stuff.
Haha, it's sorta funny how Jim was the odd man out (the only white guy) in the band. He kicks ass though.


If you like Relationship of Command, you'll probobly like Vaya. It sounds just like it.
Volt 04-17-2005 08:43 PM
quote:
Originally posted by Cerpin Taxt
quote:
Originally posted by Volt
I just got Relationship of Command, and I have to agree with Cerpin's opinion that it is one of the best CDs ever. I've only listened to it once but I still love it. Invalid Litter Dept. and Enfilade are already two of my favorite songs ever. Simply amazing stuff.
Haha, it's sorta funny how Jim was the odd man out (the only white guy) in the band. He kicks ass though.


If you like Relationship of Command, you'll probobly like Vaya. It sounds just like it.


Sweet. I'll have to get that if I see it. I also heard that an anthology of some of ATD-I's greatest hits called "This Station Is Non-Operational" is coming out in mid-May. It sounds cool, even though it seems to be missing a couple of really great songs (e.g., Invalid Letter Dept. Frown ). Heard anything about it?
Travis Bickle 04-17-2005 08:50 PM
quote:
Originally posted by Volt
quote:
Originally posted by Cerpin Taxt
quote:
Originally posted by Volt
I just got Relationship of Command, and I have to agree with Cerpin's opinion that it is one of the best CDs ever. I've only listened to it once but I still love it. Invalid Litter Dept. and Enfilade are already two of my favorite songs ever. Simply amazing stuff.
Haha, it's sorta funny how Jim was the odd man out (the only white guy) in the band. He kicks ass though.


If you like Relationship of Command, you'll probobly like Vaya. It sounds just like it.


Sweet. I'll have to get that if I see it. I also heard that an anthology of some of ATD-I's greatest hits called "This Station Is Non-Operational" is coming out in mid-May. It sounds cool, even though it seems to be missing a couple of really great songs (e.g., Invalid Letter Dept. Frown ). Heard anything about it?


Yeah, I have. It's more of a b-sides and rarities album, but it still looks bad ass. It has a lot of old ATD-I stuff on it, which is much different from Relationship of Command.

Here's the track listing:

1-Fahrenheit-02:27
2-Picket Fence Cartel-02:29
3-Chanbara-02:57
4-Lopsided-XX:XX
5-Napoleon Solo-04:44
6-Pickpocket-02:35
7-Metronome Arthritis-03:58
8-198d-04:03
9-One Armed Scissor-03:44
10-Enfilade-05:03
11-Non-Zero Possibility-05:33
12-Incetardis-03:26
13-Doorman's Placebo-05:32
14-Autorelocator-04:59
15-Rascuache-03:58
16-This Night Has Opened My Eyes-03:58
17-Initiation-03:33
18-Take Up Thy Stethascope And Walk-05:03 (pink floyd cover)

And it also comes with a DVD
Captain Maw 04-17-2005 08:55 PM
never listened to it, how would you say it is? (please dont argue on the genre again, i really dont care as long as it sounds good). compare it to another band.
Travis Bickle 04-17-2005 08:56 PM
quote:
Originally posted by Captain Maw
never listened to it, how would you say it is? (please dont argue on the genre again, i really dont care as long as it sounds good). compare it to another band.


I'd compare it to Fugazi, but I'd just get raped with words again.

You can't really compare At The Drive-In to anything else. It is very...unique.
Volt 04-18-2005 11:04 PM
quote:
Originally posted by Captain Maw
never listened to it, how would you say it is?

Hmm... well, I'd describe them as being BUY IT NOW!
I mean, xxXBUYITNOWCOREXxx.
Travis Bickle 04-18-2005 11:46 PM
There should be a law that Relationship of Command should be played over the radio and on tv. It is the best yet not super-well known album known to man.

That's just my opinon, of course.