This El Paso, Texas-based
band has emerged from underground cult status to become arguably
the most talked about American band since the mid-90's heyday
of Nirvana and Rage Against the Machine.
Formed in 1994 by members of two of El Paso's leading underground
punk bands, At the Drive-in began to attract notice for their
passionate live performances. They released a couple of singles
before hooking up with a small independent label, Flipside Records.
Adding more band members, playing loads of shows and recording
a 6-song CD, EP, the band began to gain recognition and quite
By 1997, Flipside was no longer putting out records--basically
they couldn't afford to--so the band literally approached every
indie label they could think of. No one was interested. Finally,
they were approached by Fearless Records and decided to sign.
They began recording 'In Casino Out' in June 1998. They spent
about a week recording and mixing what would become the record
to establish ATDI as a 'real' band. After more touring, head lining
shows, recording several EP's, their very first trip to England,
and 11 countries in 6 weeks, the band needed a change of pace.
They took a break and signed with a new label, Den Records.
In January 2000, ATDI began a 7-week recording session with producer
Ross Robinson. The band was pushed to the brink and back by Ross
to put their lives and limbs onto tape as 'Relationship of Command'
This record shows the band exploding more vigorously and dynamically
than ever before. The struggle, the angst, the joy, the sincerity,
everything that comes out of the live performances, with nothing
held back. This is a hard-driving album with tunes like 'Invalid
Liter Dept.' and 'One Armed Scissor' makes ATDI sound more like
'Rage Against the Alamo'. Wish I'd said that! Anyway, get it and
as always, stick it in yer ear.