At The Drive-In announce first album in 17 years, share track, unfurl (more) tour dates

At The Drive-In announce first album in 17 years, share track, unfurl (more) tour dates
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17 years after At The Drive-In endured an eventful breakup that would ultimately serve as the catalyst for The Mars Volta and Sparta becoming separately worthwhile bands, the group that was solely responsible for exposing many of us to the frequently-wailing vocals of Cedric Bixler-Zavala set off against a sturdy, hardcore backdrop is taking the last possible step in the much-hyped reunion process.

After last year brought the band’s first extensive tour since the dawn of the century (and Relationship of Command), ATDI have announced in•ter a•li•a, a new full-length album set for release May 5 on the Oregon-based Rise Records. And after I mention it, go ahead and immediately forget the fact that guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez once adamantly ruled out the possibility of a new album, implicitly suggesting that we make-out with our old ATDI records instead. (Everyone’s so sure of themselves until they find their body on the reunion momentum train, apparently.)

It’s also worth pointing out that original guitarist Jim Ward heaved himself off that train just as last year’s tour was getting underway; but otherwise, the key figures of Cedric, Omar, Paul Hinojos (bass), Tony Hajjar (drums), and Ward-replacement Keeley Davis were all-aboard to pump their adrenaline into in•ter a•li•a, which was partially-recorded during a tour stop in South Korea. It would seem from a recent interview with NME that the recording process represented an extended catharsis first brought on by that tour, and that half-assing it was the antithesis of the band’s mindset.

Will fans be able to match the band’s same insane level of rabid enthusiasm? Here’s the track “Incurably Innocent,” for your initial consideration:

in•ter a•li•a tracklisting:

01. No Wolf Like the Present
02. Continuum
03. Tilting At the Univendor
04. Governed By Contagions
05. Pendulum in a Peasant Dress
06. Incurably Innocent
07. Call Broken Arrow
08. Holtzclaw
09. Torrentially Cutshaw
10. Ghost-Tape No.9
11. Hostage Stamps

ATDI dates:

03.17.17 - New Orleans, LA - Civic Theatre
03.18.17 - Atlanta, GA - The Tabernacle
03.20.17 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
03.22.17 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
03.25.17 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
03.27.17 - Detroit, MI - The Fillmore
03.29.17 - Toronto, ON - Rebel
05.06.17 - El Paso, TX - County Coliseum
05.08.17 - Phoenix, AZ - Marquee Theatre
05.09.17 - San Diego, CA - Soma
05.12.17 - San Francisco, CA - Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
05.13.17 - Los Angeles, CA - Shrine Auditorium
05.17.17 - Mexico City, MX - Pepsi Center WTC
06.07.17 - Austin, TX - Stubb’s
06.09.17 - San Antonio, TX - Aztec Theater
06.10.17 - Houston, TX - Revention Music Center
06.12.17 - Dallas, TX - South Side Ballroom
06.13.17 - Oklahoma City, OK - The Criterion
06.15.17 - Denver, CO - The Fillmore
06.17.17 - St. Paul, MN - Palace Theatre
06.18.17 - Chicago, IL - Aragon Ballroom
06.20.17 - Columbus, OH - Express Live!
06.21.17 - Cleveland, OH - Agora Theatre
08.15-17.17 - St. Polten, Austria - FM4 Frequency Festival
08.16-19.17 - Paredes De Coura, Portugal - PDC Festival
08.16-19.17 - Kiewit, Belgium - Pukkelpop
08.25-27.17 - Reading, UK - Reading Festival
08.25-27.17 - Leeds, UK - Leeds Festival

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