Thursday, September 20, 2007
At The Drive-In
In 1993 a spazzy "post hardcore" band from El Paso, Texas burst onto the underground music scene. They wore all black, had music that at times seemed to have elements of art rock and others harnessed the energy of hardcore. The band was called At The Drive-In. After releasing a number of 7" singles, the band's debut LP/CD, "Acrobatic Tenement," came out in 1996 on Flipside Records (the label run by Flipside fanzine). Around that time the band toured the States and played a free show in Seattle at Second Time Around Records in the University District (where I took these photos). The band's live show was nothing short of explosive, with the singer and band members jumping and flying about up against the audience, each other, and rolling around on the floor. The band broke up in 2001 and members went on to form The Mars Volta and Sparta.