Spiritually, At The Drive In never left the El Paso, TX garage where they first congregated during 1993. The quintet—Cedric Bixler [vocals], Omar Rodriguez-Lopez [guitar], Paul Hinojos [bass], Tony Hajjar [drums], and Keeley Davis [guitar]—siphon that same intensity and signature controlled chaos with tendrils of punk, alternative, post-hardcore, and rock through a clearer lens of wisdom and experience on their fourth full-length album, IN·TER A·LI·A [Rise Records].
It picks up exactly where the boys left off on the creative apex of their first 7 years, Relationship of Command, following the 1999 EP Vaya, 1998’s In/Casino/Out and the band’s debut, Acrobatic Tenement in 1996. Recognized as one of history’s most influential albums, Relationship of Command holds a place on Spin’s “The 300 Best Albums of the Past 30 Years (1985-2014)” list, Kerrang!’s “50 Greatest Albums of the 21st Century,” Rock Sound’s “101 Modern Classics,” Uncut Magazine’s “150 Albums of the Decade,” MTV2’s “Greatest Albums Ever,” Guitar World’s “100 Greatest Guitar Albums of All-Time,” and many more.
At The Drive In made a high-profile comeback as a Coachella and Lollapalooza 2012 headliner, and in 2016 dove into creating new music. The group uncorked the first single “Governed By Contagions” in December 2016, and its ominous delivery, caustic musicality, and claustrophobic intensity enamored fans and tastemakers alike with New York Times, NPR, Vulture, Spin, and Rolling Stone immediately extoling it. Produced by Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Rich Costey [Muse, Sigur Rós, Santigold], IN·TER A·LI·A represents their next evolution and that of rock music at large. – Rick Florino, February 1, 2017