At The Drive In’s surprise SXSW show in pictures

All the pics from At The Drive In's surprise SXSW show

Following a suspicious number of placards appearing around Austin announcing new album Inter Alia – their first since their 2000 emo-punk landmark, Relationship of Command, At the Drive-In announced a surprise show at the House of Vans in Austin on Wednesday night. 

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At The Drive In - SXSW 2017

Playing to a capacity crowd, the band rifled through a set heavy on ROC bangers. Bixler-Zavala and Rodriguez-Lopez, who had expressed some reluctance about reuniting over the years, appeared to relish the moment, thanking numerous individuals throughout and Bixler-Zavala singling out the venue for special mention for “not calling the cops when we used the fire extinguisher last time we were here.”

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At The Drive In

At The Drive In - SXSW 2017

While the death-defying acrobatics from their younger days may well be behind them, the band found other ways of keeping the crowd’s attention rapt.  Numerous ROC-era songs like “Enfilade” were given Mars Volta-like makeovers, their punk foundations pulled up by roots and twisted into gnarled new shapes.

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At The Drive In

At The Drive In - SXSW 2017

Toward the end of the set in (perhaps) one of the only nods to current events, Bixler-Zavala donned 3-D specs and asked if “anyone [had] taken so much acid that they thought they were in Russia?”

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At The Drive In

At The Drive In - SXSW 2017

At the Drive-In were never ones to be taken literally, but to their credit, the set was indeed pretty far out.

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At The Drive In – SXSW 2017

At The Drive In - SXSW 2017

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