Seminal post-hardcore act At The Drive-In was born in the summer of ’94, formed from the ashes of two of El Paso, Texas’ most popular underground bands. The band went on to become one of the most influential rock acts of the 90’s. The band’s first 7″ EP Hell Paso was released in November of ’94 through the band’s own label. The following month, the band trekked 2,000 miles across the great state of Texas on their very first tour and never looked back.
At The Drive-In released albums Acrobatic Tenement (1996), In/Casino/Out (1998), and the seminal Relationship of Command (2000). ATDI’s tours and live shows were nothing short of explosive, emotion-soaked performances, and the band gained a reputation for their blend of surrealistic lyrics, unorthodox guitar melodies and unpredictable shifts in tempo and rhythm. In March 2001, at the peak of their popularity and following a world tour, At The Drive-In went on “indefinite hiatus.” Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez went on to create progressive rock band The Mars Volta, while the other members – Jim Ward, Paul Hinojos, and Tony Hajjar – formed rock group Sparta.