At The Drive-In cover The Smiths as they make UK comeback at Reading Festival

Reunited hardcore punks play a 13-song set, which is heavily skewed to their classic 'Relationship Of Command' LP

At The Drive-In played their first UK show in over 11 years as they headlined the NME/Radio Stage 1 at Reading Festival tonight (August 25).

The Texan alt-punkers, who reunited earlier this year after a decade-long absence, played to a surprisingly sparse crowd. Taking to the stage at 10.15pm (BST), the band played a 13-song set, which included a cover of The Smiths‘ classic ‘That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore’, which they mixed in with their own track ‘Catacombs’.

The set began in bizarre fashion with frontman Cedric Bixler-Zavala arriving onstage with a broom and saying to the crowd: “What the fuck are you doing here? I’m trying to clean this place up.” He then joked to the crowd about Prince Harry’s recent Las Vegas indiscretions as the band launched into ‘Arcarsenal’.


The band’s performance focused heavily on their seminal 2000 third album ‘Relationship Of Command, with eight of the LP’s 11 tracks aired during the set. As well as this, they also played four from their 1998 album ‘In/Casino/Out’ and ‘Metronome Arthritis’ from their early ‘Vaya’ EP.

Bixler-Zavala, who was outspoken throughout the set, told the crowd that the UK “was the first place to really give a shit about our band. You guys saw something in us that no-one else did.”

The singer made no comment about the band’s reunion and, as predicted, they aired no new songs, ending their set with their much-loved single ‘One Armed Scissor’.

At The Drive-In played:

‘Pattern Against User’
‘Sleepwalk Capsules’
‘Napoleon Solo’
‘Metronome Arthritis’
‘Non-Zero Possibility’
‘Catacombs’/’That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore’
‘One Armed Scissor’


Reading Festival continues tomorrow with sets from Foo Fighters, The Black Keys, Bullet For My Valentine, Two Door Cinema Club and Kaiser Chiefs.

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