At The Drive-In play first show in 11 years

Chaotic scenes as hardcore heroes kick-off Texas tour with tiny Austin show

At The Drive-In played their first show in 11 years in Texas last night (April 9).

The intimate Red 7 venue in Austin was packed to capacity with young Texans. A few hundred fans unable to get tickets climbed adjacent rooftops and treetops for a peek at the post-punk rock legends.

“Tell them who we are,” said frontman Cedric Bixler-Zavala with a knowing smile as the band took the stage. “We’re At The Drive-In. We’re from El Paso, Texas,” guitarist Jim Ward exclaimed with pride as the band launched into ‘Arc Arsenal’ from the ‘Relationship Of Command’ album.

The wildest response came late in the set with the guitar rock of their crossover hit, ‘One Armed Scissor’. “Thank you for your time, your patience and all your love,” Bixler-Zavala said before the band blasted into ‘Catacombs’, the final track on ‘Relationship Of Command’.

“I was glad to see Cedric and Jim singing on the same mic like old friends because that seemed to be where the tension came from when they broke up,” said fan Mike Scott of Austin.

Last night’s show was the opening shot of a lengthy reunion tour that will see them play Coachella later, and hit the UK this summer for the Reading and Leeds festivals.

At The Drive-In played:

‘Arc Arsenal’
‘Pattern AgainstUSer’
‘Sleepwalk Capsules’
‘Napoleon Solo’
‘Metronome Arthritis’
‘Non Zero Possibility’
‘One Armed Scissor’