Previously only available on 10″ vinyl, El Paso five piece At the Drive-In have made their Diamanté EP available digitally ahead of their UK headline tour dates this March. Thus new tracks Anid Ethics, Despondent at High Noon and Point of Demarkation – recorded at Clouds Hill Studio in Hamburg, Germany in the summer of 2017, are are now available for streaming, although if you still want the EP on limited edition bone mint vinyl, head over to the band’s website: https://www.atthedriveinofficialmerch.com
The EP opens with One Armed Scissor, this bubbling ball on punk energy, with some brilliant dual vocals, the calm and the storm. Underneath, there’s this mix of guitar lines that penetrate and muscle their way through, coated in effects and primed to cause havoc. The crunching chords of Despondant at High Noon follow on, as it feels on the edge of falling apart – as things drop out and the bass and drums take the lead. As it hits the chorus the jagged guitar lines fill out the sound and then drill their way through with razor sharp melodic lines. The EP closes with Point of Demarkation, as the band throw themselves at the mercy of our electronic overlords, these dark synth/bass lines giving the band a whole new sound. As it progresses it slowly pulls apart at the seems, the guitars cutting through, the shards of melody almost falling around them as they probe. It’s classy stuff.
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See At The Drive In play live in the UK at the following shows. Tickets are available from www.atthedriveinmusic.com/tour.
Friday 9th March – London, Brixton O2 Academy
Saturday 10th March – Newcastle, O2 Academy
Monday 12th March – Birmingham, Institute
Tuesday 13th March – Manchester, O2 Academy
Thursday 15th March – Glasgow, O2 Academy
At The Drive In’s new album, in • ter a • li •a is out now on Rise Records. Available now from your local record shop or on iTunes and Spotify.
At The Drive In is: Cedric Bixler-Zavala, Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, Paul Hinojos, Tony Hajjar and Keeley Davis.