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At The Drive In announce first album in 17 years and share song - Read exclusive interview

Band share new song 'Incurably Innocent' ahead of album 'in路ter a路li路a'

by Luke Morgan Britton



Photo by J煤nn 漏 2016


At The Drive In have announced their first album in 17 years, as well as sharing a new track. Scroll below to hear the song and read an exclusive interview.


The US post-hardcore band, who split in 2001 before reforming for live shows in 2012, will release 鈥榠n路ter a路li路a鈥 (Latin for 鈥渁mong other things鈥) on May 5 via Rise Records. The record follows on from 2000 classic 鈥楻elationship of Command鈥 and is their fourth studio LP to date.


It was produced by the band鈥檚 Omar Rodriguez-Lopez alongside Rich Costey (Muse, Biffy Clyro, Frank Turner), and recorded at Hollywood鈥檚 Sound Factory, a legendary studio where Ringo Starr, Brian Wilson and the Red Hot Chili Peppers have all recorded. Pre-order the album here.


New track 鈥業ncurably Innocent鈥 follows on from the previously released 鈥楪overned By Contagions鈥, which dropped in December and also features on the album.


鈥業ncurably Innocent鈥 has been described by singer Cedric Bixler-Zavala as 鈥渁 song about sexual abuse and being able to finally speak out鈥. Listen below.




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The album鈥檚 artwork and tracklist:


鈥楴o Wolf Like The Present鈥
鈥楥ontinuum鈥
鈥楾ilting At The Univendor鈥
鈥楪overned By Contagions鈥
鈥楶endulum In A Peasant Dress鈥
鈥業ncurably Innocent鈥
鈥楥all Broken Arrow鈥
鈥楬oltzclaw鈥
鈥楾orrentially Cutshaw鈥
鈥楪host-tape No.9鈥
鈥楬ostage Stamps鈥


Frontman Cedric Bixler-Zavala and drummer Tony Hajjar recently spoke to NME鈥榮 Greg Cochrane about the record.


The album was partially written in a rented studio in South Korea while the band were on tour. Bixler-Zavala explained: 鈥淲e鈥檇 get up as early as we could and would go and do what I call 鈥榖eating your head against the wall鈥. That was really hitting the ground running with figuring out how to learn to write with each other. We did that for a good chunk of time. In that monstrous heat, we would drive to that studio and go a little crazy. It wasn鈥檛 a very glamorous studio, it was bare bones. You just had to be forced to not fuck around, and not sit around and play video games like maybe some people do.鈥


Hajjar said of recording the album: 鈥淚t was the most fun I鈥檝e had in years. It was so great to be around people I care for and care for me. We had some awesome, tough moments. But at the end, they were still great. When it was done we went into the studio control room, the last day of recording, we all just hugged each other. I鈥檓 so proud of my brothers, proud that we鈥檝e done this, proud that we still get to do this at any level.鈥


The band describe the LP as as much of a 鈥減iece of art鈥 as 鈥楻elationship of Command鈥, with Hajjar saying it feels like 鈥渨e鈥檝e climbed a fucking mountain鈥, adding: 鈥淲e鈥檝e been through a lot all these years. Ups and downs.鈥


鈥淲e had to have our shit together as a family,鈥 Bixler-Zavala said, explaining the long wait for the record. 鈥淪ometimes it鈥檚 hard to be criminally misunderstood and thought of as these people out there just to get the money. And even if we were out there just to get the fucking money, we have families, you know? You鈥檙e not eternally 20 years old living in council flats, putting up posters of your favourite bands with fuck all to do. Life is fucking life. People need to remember the human condition about being in a band. You just to be patient and let a human being be a human being.鈥



Explaining guitarist/keyboardist Jim Ward鈥檚 departure last year, Hajjar said: 鈥淲e were super ready to do this and and he wasn鈥檛.鈥


Bixler-Zavala went on to describe how the music climate has changed since their first run as a band: 鈥淎t The Drive In came out in a period of time when Stereophonics and Limp Bizkit were huge. And there was this dark grey void 鈥 I鈥檓 not saying we filled it 鈥 but we were just a different colour at the time. I hope we don鈥檛 ever bow down to the single-based format. I hope we can at least be one of the last people fighting for LPs. It鈥檚 going to be hard to adapt to the way things are now, but it鈥檚 a great challenge.鈥


On continuing to make new music, Bixler-Zavala said: 鈥淵es. Why not?鈥 Hajjar added: 鈥淔or sure. We鈥檙e having a great time. Right now, in life, I feel like it could only get better.鈥


At The Drive In will embark on a North American tour during March, May and June, before heading to the UK and Europe for festival appearances, including slots at Reading and Leeds.



 
 

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