Blog At the Drive In @ Hordern Pavilion

At the Drive In @ Hordern Pavilion

Posted Oct. 2, 2017, 8:10 a.m. by T

Advertisement
KFAI - Roar of the Underground

At the Drive In

Hordern Pavilion

Sydney, Australia

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

Leave a comment
Share this content

Other recent blogs

Thus Let Us Drink Beer - Moon Dog

Posted by T
Jan. 25, 2020, 8:41 a.m.

Thus Let Us Drink Beer - Moon Dog   Claiming that it is currently not a bad time for Australian craft beers and breweries would be an understatement par excellence. ... read more

Water of Life - Kavlan/King Car Group

Posted by T
Jan. 24, 2020, 10:41 p.m.

Water of Life – Kavalan’s celebration of the fourth decade of the King Car Group   Kavalan is one of those distilleries that might go under the radar of the ... read more

Christian Dior: History and Modernity, 1947-1957

Posted by T
Jan. 23, 2020, 9:19 p.m.

Christian Dior: History and Modernity, 1947 – 1957 Hirmer Verlag / Thames and Hudson   No matter if you are a fashionista or completely detached from the world of haute ... read more

Water of Life – Rest and Be Thankful

Posted by T
Jan. 20, 2020, 12:47 p.m.

Water of Life – Rest and Be Thankful   So far we have our focus mainly set on covering distilleries, which makes sense as they make the spirit. However, given ... read more

Tim and Eric @ Enmore Theatre

Posted by T
Jan. 19, 2020, 9:24 a.m.

Tim and Eric Enmore Theatre Sydney, Australia January 15, 2020 For the uninitiated, Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, “Tim & Eric” is a comedy duo that has garnered a cult ... read more

Advertisement
KFAI - Root Of All Evil
x

Logo

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.