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El Paso, Texas Rockers At The Drive-In Return To TV In ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ Performance

05/12/17 Omar Villegas
Credit: Jimmy Kimmel Live! / YouTube

They’ve released their first new album in 17 years.

In the year 2000, At The Drive-In were on top of the world. The band released its third album, “Relationship Of Command,” to critical acclaim. Soon, the El Paso, Texas quintet was being called the “next Nirvana.” A year later, they broke up. Two of the band’s members, Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Cedric Bixler-Zavala, went on to form The Mars Volta, which became known for its frenetic, experimental style. The other members of At The Drive-In — Jim Ward, Paul Hinojos and Tony Hajjar — went on to form the band Sparta, which released three albums between 2002 and 2006. For years, it appeared the band’s “indefinite hiatus” was a permanent breakup — Rodriguez-Lopez told The Skinny that in 2001, although At The Drive-In’s popularity was still growing, they had reached their creative peak.

But time heals all some wounds, and the band finally reunited in 2011. They played Coachella the following year and have since gone through more ups and downs. With four of the five original members back together — guitarist Jim Ward quit the band in 2013 — At The Drive-In released “in•ter a•li•a,” its first new album in 17 years. The band performed two tracks from the album — “Hostage Stamps” and “Call Broken Arrow” — on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

What do you think? Does At The Drive-In still have it?

 

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