Music fans everywhere are still reeling in shock and excitement after hearing the news just hours ago that post-hardcore outfit At The Drive-In will reunite after 11 years. The band announced the news via twitter and a new website and was confirmed by a number of outlets including Jim Ward’s and Omar Rodríguez-López’ twitter accounts.
ATD-I was born in El Paso, TX in 1993 and grew to be one of the most influential post-hardcore groups of the ’90s thanks to their intensely energetic live shows with guitars and bodies often getting tossed and smashed around onstage with no regard to health or safety.
The group, featuring Cedric Bixler-Zavala, Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, Jim Ward, Paul Hinojos, and Tony Hajjar, disbanded in 2001 months after the release of their most famous and popular album Relationship of Command citing physical and mental exhaustion. Mostly everyone knows the story from here: Zavala and López form The Mars Volta while Ward, Hinojos and Hajjar create Sparta, hipsters and music elitists proclaim that ATD-I was better (a stupid thing to say since neither group made an attempt to recreate ATD-I) and everyone on the face of the earth asked (to the point of harassment) about a possible reunion despite the fact that most members weren’t on a talking basis anymore.
Now, in the year of the dragon and Mayan prophecies, former friendships have been restored and ATD-I has reunited. The band will announce a number of shows on their website soon.