LEGENDARY HARDCORE BAND AT THE DRIVE IN HEADLINE O2 ACADEMY, GLASGOW
Formed in 1993 in the desert city of El Paso, Texas by vocalist Cedric Bixler-Zavala and guitarist Jim Ward, the post-hardcore band At the Drive In have been much acclaimed over their career for both their studio releases and energetic live shows. This was a big tour for ATDI – following on from their time on the road with Royal Blood over the UK last November – with support from Death From Above who definitely attracted a large fan base to the venue that night as well.
For Death From Above the concert didn’t disappoint. Although the band’s sound has evolved, it hasn’t lost its appeal. While newer tracks have been written to sound fuller, they’re still amped up to max volume and older tracks like ‘Black History Month’ still sound as good as they did over a decade ago. The two piece band were the perfect band to open up for ATDI, as they compliment their style perfectly and on the night they sounded as good as expected.
The show is definitely filled of all ages: the crowd ranges from 30- to 40-plus, bearded and flannel-shirted, ready to relive their youth. No words can really accurately describe what was happening on stage: Mic stands were getting thrown across the stage, mics spun around by their cable: I’ve never seen anything quite like it! The show and performance instantly got the fans attention, starting slow and then suddenly becoming this outrageous burst of energy. Bixler-Zavala’s jumps, kicks and mic swings can’t quite match the explosions of manic energy of the past however, and come across as a desperate attempt to channel the intense electricity that once set ATDI apart from punk-rock pretenders.
That being said, this was the At The Drive-In gig we dared imagine. It was always going to be hard to recreate those original songs in the same fashion that had been done previously nearly two decades later. But the strength of the new material, and the way it merged so seamlessly with past highlights, showed At The Drive-In are still a force to be reckoned with and definitely a band that everyone should go and see. With a show this energetic, there is only so long a band can with sustain it.
The band ended the night strong with only one encore song, ‘Pattern Against User’. At The Drive In’s show wasn’t just a good performance, it reminded people what a rock show should be.