ATDI 'Commands' Reissues, Anthology
The bulk of At The Drive-In's catalog will be back in print Nov. 9, when Orange County punk label Fearless Records reissues four discs, including the band's 2000 breakthrough "Relationship of Command.The bulk of At The Drive-In's catalog will be back in print Nov. 9, when Orange County punk label Fearless Records reissues four discs, including the band's 2000 breakthrough "Relationship of Command." That album, which originally surfaced on the Beastie Boys' now-defunct Grand Royal label and wound up as the rock quintet's swansong, will boast two bonus tracks from the "Relationship" sessions.
The additional tracks are "Extracurricular," which previously surfaced on the Japanese version of "Relationship of Command," and "Catacombs," originally found on the European and Japanese pressings of the disc. ATDI's 1996 debut album "Acrobatic Tenement," originally released by Flipside/Restart Records, plus 1998's long-player "In/Casino/Out" and 1999's seven-song EP "Vaya" will be straight reissues without bonus tracks.
Fearless is also planning an ATDI anthology for next spring, which will blend the group's best material with rarities and unreleased tracks. A companion DVD of music videos, live footage and interviews is also in the works.
At The Drive-In formed in El Paso, Texas, in 1994, releasing material through a variety of labels and earning underground recognition via constant touring. But a year after the release of "Relationship of Command," the band splintered into two camps, with vocalist Cedric Bixler and guitarist Omar Rodriguez forming the Mars Volta, while guitarist Jim Ward, bassist Paul Hinojos and drummer Tony Hajjar co-founded Sparta.
In related news, the Mars Volta is wrapping up work on its second Strummer/Universal album, to be titled "Frances the Mute." The group will play a one-off show Oct. 21 in Santa Cruz, Calif. Sparta will play a Saturday (Oct. 16) show as part of the CMJ Music Festival at New York's Bowery Ballroom, alongside Coheed & Cambria, Tegan & Sara and DJ Z-Trip.