At the Drive In
September 29, 2017
At the Drive In are back at it.
Had previous incarnations of the El Paso quintet its up and downs, most notably what was perceived to be phoned in performances during 2012s half-hearted brief reunion, tonight’s show was impressive and all constituents of the band, sans Jim Ward who exited the band prior to the second go at the reunion, were enjoying themselves.
Afro intact, Cedric Bixler-Zavala, holds court relying more on refined singing and chanting than gimmicky shrieking, all the while amp hoping, not resisting the occasional surreal audience confusing aside and restlessly moving to the hectic, frantic miasma that makes the tapestry that the guitarists Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Sparta alumnus Keeley Davis weave.
Ever the fulcrum of energy and heady ideas, Zavala leads a band that is solidly steered by the rhythm section comprised of Tony Haijar and Paul Hinojos.
ATDI presented itself as a still anguished coherent whole fully in charge of the proceedings: Still mercurial yet a bit more tempered and mature than the combustible band that burned out at the peak of their commercial success in 2001.
At the Drive In in 2017 is still the blistering and volatile quiet-loud-quiet jagged jigsaw puzzle and what makes their performance endearing is that they manage to nail musical subtleties while still capturing the unhinged chaos they have become known for.
A re-ignition of brash straightforwardness rather than a mere nostalgic reunion trying to rehash the spirit of days past and gone.
Photo by T
Wanderlust Hiking on Legendary Trails Gestalten Verlag Into traveling? Inhabited by that innate, unexplainably strong desire to roam and impetus to go wandering? I hear you. Does your traveling ... read more
The Aints play The Saints part 2. Manning Bar Sydney, Australia March 9, 2018 We have clarified before that The Saints have left an imprint on the music scene that ... read more
Quicksand / Thursday Metro Theatre Sydney Australia March 7, 2018 Stating that one Walter Schreifels with the myriad of his musical incarnations has had a significant impact on my musical ... read more
Bar Patrón by Neil Perry Sydney, Australia Now, in theory this should be an easy one. Guilty as charged – I do harbour a weak spot for the distilled ... read more
The Modern Cook’s Year By Anna Jones Harper Collins Cannot be bothered to cook? In need of some inspiration? Bored by the limitations of your cooking skills? The Modern ... read more
Looking for the SPB logo? You can download it in a range of styles and colours here:
Click anywhere outside this dialog to close it, or press escape.