Tuesday, April 17, 2012

At the Drive-In - 2012 Live at Coachella Festival

Band : At the Drive-In
Album : Live at Coachella Festival
Release Year : 2012
Genre : Post-Hardcore
Tracklist :
01 Arcarsenal
02 Pattern Against User
03 Chanbara
04 Lopsided
05 Sleepwalk Capsules
06 Napoleon Solo
07 Quarantined
08 Enfilade
09 One Armed Scissor

Mars Volta main brain Omar Rodríguez-López may have recently compared his former band to "an old T-shirt that doesn't fit anymore," but try telling that to the satisfied legions who witnessed one of At the Drive-In's first gigs in 11 years — a high-octane inferno of post-hardcore mania that cast a long shadow over the formerly feuding members' other projects. Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Sparta's Jim Ward were meant to sing together, the former's high paranoiac bark ever egged on by the latter's raspy sneer. And likewise for Ward's and ORL's guitars, which together summoned a sonic storm cloud perfectly accompanied by the thundering rhythm section, bassist Paul Hinojos and drummer Tony Hajjar. They mostly stuck to songs from 2000's revered Relationship of Command, and despite the decade-plus that's passed since, familiar furies like "Arcarsenal" and "Pattern Against User" sounded brand new. And though it was tough to tell whether or not Zavala-Bixler's in-between banter was mocking or sincere, his acrobatic leaps, handstands, loogie-launching and microphone tricks were apt analog to the electricity coursing through the audience. What's the sound of a "One Armed Scissor" cutting? Several thousand shrieking fans, turns out. -spin

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