Growing up in El Paso, Texas I had a chance to witness At The Drive In play many intimate shows, some in basements of houses, others in small clubs. Most recently I had a chance to see them this past year at SXSW were they popped into a surprise guest slot at The House of Vans. Over the years the band has seen many iterations of change from breakups to new groups to even a new album which dropped recently. From The Mars Volta to Sparta to today's original lineup (minus Jim Ward) the band has always been a staple of their specific genre for almost two decades now.
Their return the Mile High City was as expected, the same At The Drive In we saw many years ago still carry over the same energy today that they did back then. A prime example is when twenty minutes into their set they managed to destroy the soundboard in good old ATDI fashion. After a small break things got back up and running as the band tore through a majority of their new album in•ter a*li*a. They did manage to play a few of their classics including "Pattern Against User", "Invalid Litter Dept.", "Arcarsenal" and "One Armed Scissor". What holds the future for the El Paso five piece? Only time will tell, one thing is for certain the band is still doing what they love today just as they did 17 years ago. The band is currently on tour with a few festival appearances thrown in for the rest of the year. Make sure to pick up their new album available everywhere.
Words and Images: Robert Castro