What Makes At The Drive-In Such An Influential Post-Hardcore Band?

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If you like any of the following bands, you will probably like At The Drive-In:

  • AlexisonFire
  • The Mars Volta
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  • Nine Inch Nails
  • The Sound Of Animals Fighting

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Why Are They Great?

At The Drive-In is easily one of the most influential post-hardcore bands out there.

The most important members are of course Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Cedric Bixler-Zavala, the two founding members of The Mars Volta (they created The Mars Volta AFTER they played in At The Drive-In)

The band has won many awards, and their album "Relationship of Command" has been featured in many magazines and publications as Album of the Decade, or other such awards.

I got into them long after I was a huge Mars Volta fan, after doing some digging around on Wikipedia. Relationship of Command soon became one of my favourite albums (definitely in my top 20). It's just a solid album!

Anyone who is a fan of anything "Hardcore", or fans of Punk music will like them. Actually, even a lot of people who like more mainstream Hardcore stuff will like them (ie. Alexisonfire).

I recommend you just be ready to rock out when listening to them. A lot of their songs can have awesome jungle beats (Arcarsenal), and the aforementioned album is definitely an influential album in the music world.

Jim Ward of course created the Band "Sparta" after At The Drive-In broke up, which I can truthfully say is a kind of crappy band. So I guess Cedric and Omar were the musical geniuses here!

One song that really sticks out to me (although all of them do) is Enfilade. It has some crazy creepy lyrics (about a kidnapping), and incredibly fulfilling chorus chords.

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