Frank Turner has welcomed the return of At The Drive-In and declared them as ‘the best post hardcore band ever’ in an exclusive video interview with NME.COM – scroll down to the bottom of the page and click to watch.
The singer, who played a gig at the NME offices today with a setlist that included a cover of The Killers‘ ‘Mr Brightside’, said that he had been aware that the band were reforming before they made their decision public and backed them to ‘silence’ any of their critics.
Earlier this week At The Drive-In confirmed that the band, who originally went their separate ways in 2001, had decided to get back together, with the newly-reunited group now set to play this spring’s Coachella festival.
Discussing their reunion, Turner revealed that the band had been “very important” to him growing up, adding:
If post-hardcore is a genre, At The Drive-In are the best post-hardcore band there ever was.
He went on to say: “They broke up just before they properly exploded all over everything, which was kind of interesting – it was a shame in many ways, but they left behind one hell of a good looking corpse.”
While the singer admitted that his “inner indie kid” was sceptical of reunions or the prospect of “cashing in”, he added: “At the same time it’s really cool that a band who were phenomenal in their time are getting back together.
“If they’re as good live as they were when they went away, then they’ll silence and destroy all critics and dissenters.”
Following their split in 2001, At The Drive-Ins Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez went on to form The Mars Volta. The remaining three members went on to form the band Sparta before bassist Paul Hinojos joined The Mars Volta between 2005 and 2009.
Bixler-Zavala hinted in 2009 that the band could reform in the future after he had been in discussion with their former members.
At the time he said: “We’ve been making amends with a lot of the members and having some really good talks with them. We’ve been trying to get our financial business in order because a lot of people have been ripping off that band really badly.”