After seventeen long years of hibernation, At The Drive In has awakened to a highly alert state-of-mind complete with a newfound attitude and a dire passion. This past Saturday at the Shrine Expo Hall in Los Angeles, the band showcased their new record, in•ter a•li•a along with a plethora of their classic tunes.
Opening band Le Butcherettes took the stage around 9PM. Illuminated by predominately red and white lights, the Mexican garage punk band were quick to showcase their uncanny and taboo demeanor. Lead vocalist Teri Gender Bender insipidly went from raising one of her legs up and down against her keyboard to acting moronically in front of thousands. Apart from the music she was performing there seemed to be a hidden motive for her eccentric stage presence – she would have fit nicely as the lead character in one of Jim Morrison’s wet dreams. Regardless of her batty disposition, the band performed a multitude of songs that impressed the crowd. From their popular hit “Henry Don’t Got Love” to “Shave the Pride”, the Mexican band made the crowd sweat and filled with vigor.
About an hour and a half shy of midnight, At The Drive In walked onto the dark stage – lit only with an ocean crushing shade of blue. The band moved eagerly around their musical instruments, waiting impatiently for the “walk-out” track to finish. As soon as the intro music concluded the band went directly into performing “No Wolf Like The Present”, the first track on the band’s latest release, in•ter a•li•a. The track hits heavy, blasting in from all corners into a pile of humanized cloud of fire… otherwise known as lead singer Cedric Bixler-Zavala. It was during this song Cedric made his first leap of faith into the crowd.
“Pattern Against User”, a track off the band’s 2000 album Relationship Of Command quickly followed on the band’s setlist. Old school, frenzied fans took no hesitation in crowd surfing to the front where Cedric was anxiously awaiting their high fives of dedication.
For At The Drive In’s third song, the band selected to go with “Call Broken Arrow”, another track off the group’s recent release. Being a highly catchy and active song, fans and band members alike took pleasure in throwing themselves around as if they were kids running through a water sprinkler in summer.
Midway through the band’s set Cedric elected to slow things down (at least for the songs first few bars) with the song “Invalid Litter Dept.” With lyrics such as: “Dancing on the corpses ashes”, fans were easily heard chanting the song’s lyrical DNA again and again.
The band finished their set with “Hostage Stamps”, another new track off in•ter a•li•a . But as all shows in which At The Drive In have performed, no ATDI fan will allow the group to close the night without a proper encore. After several minutes of the crowd changing ATDI, the band reappeared on the stage. Cedric was first spotted standing next to Tony’s drum kit with a maraca, a clear sign that the band was about to erupt into one of their most energetic songs to date, “Arcarsenal”, and they did. The band closed the night with their most popular song to date, “One Armed Scissor”.
At The Drive In
At The Drive In Setlist:
“No Wolf Like The Present”
“Pattern Against User”
“Call Broken Arrow”
“Ghost-Tape No. 9”
“Invalid Litter Dept.”
“Governed By Contagions”
“One Armed Scissor”