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At the Drive-In is an progressive rock/punk rock band from El Paso, Texas, formed in 1993 and broke up in 2001. Their first studio recording was Hell Paso, an EP issued in 1994, and have released several studio albums such as In/Casino/Out and Relationship of Command.

It takes barely a minute into "Arc Arsenal," the first track of AT THE DRIVE-IN's Grand Royal debut, Relationship Of Command, for all but the most jaded and spiritually bereft listener to realize: Something authentic and vital is happening here. And it's not only that familiar revolutionary spirit that typifies generations of musical revolutionaries from Guthrie to Dylan to Scott-Heron to Rage to Fugazi... True, that fire burns bright throughout every second of Relationship..., but there's something different here. AT THE DRIVE-IN's furor is informed at nearly every turn by a unique innocence; where their spiritual forebears offered up reflections on backlogs of experience, AT THE DRIVE-IN are still compiling, observing, still in the midst of the conflict. Resolution does not factor into these songs.
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Combining emotional melodies and an upbeat rhythm moving at an unpredictable rate, At the Drive-In definitely stuck out in their hometown El Paso, TX. Formed in early 1994, the group debuted soon after with their first EP, Hell Paso, followed by a brief tour across the Lone Star state. With a lineup secured around Cedric Bixler (vocals), Omar Rodriguez and Jim Ward (guitar), Paul Hinojos (bass) and Tony Hajjar (drums), At the Drive-In continued on with a second EP (Alfaro Vive, Carajo!) and toured mostly empty houses and clubs across the western United States. A small gig in Los Angeles — with an audience consisting of only nine people — somehow got the attention of Flipside Records, who released the band's first full-length Acrobatic Tenement in 1996. With constant energy and a stubborn enthusiasm to continue, At the Drive-In began to develop an audience, helped out by constant touring and word-of-mouth hype. Their 1997 follow-up EP El Gran Orgo had more of a melodic bite, but their musical depth and originality still remained. In Casino Out followed in 1998, and 2000 saw the release of Relationship of Command. After the band went on indefinite hiatus in 2001, Bixler and Rodriguez formed the Mars Volta, while Ward, Hajjar, and Hinojos moved on to Sparta.

The band was known for their very intense live concerts, rapid in-song changes in tempo, and nonsensical, dada-esque lyrics sung in English and Spanish. Although they maintained a dedicated following, At the Drive-In never achieved much commercial success. They never had a Top 40 single in the UK, and barely scratched the album charts in the United States.

The band split up in 2001, (referred to by the band as "indefinite hiatus"), with Cedric and Omar forming The Mars Volta, and Jim, Paul and Tony forming Sparta.

Group Members
Cedric Bixler - Vocals
Jim Ward - Guitar,Vocals
Omar Rodriguez - Guitar
Paul Hinojos - Bass
Tony Hajjar - Drums

Discography
Hell Paso (1994) - EP
Alfaro Vive, Carajo! (1995) - EP
Acrobatic Tenement (1996, re-release 2004) - LP
El Gran Orgo (1997) - EP
In/Casino/Out (1998, re-release 2004) - LP
Vaya (1999, re-release 2004) - EP
Relationship of Command (2000, re-release 2004) - LP
Anthology (2005) - Compilation
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