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They were one of the most influential, ground-breaking bands of the past 15 years

Their legacy coming to define the post-hardcore landscape, as well as land the band on various ‘best albums of the last year/decade/all-time’ lists for their swansong Relationship Of Command.

After an 11-year absence, and much speculation, the El Paso five-piece are back for this highly anticipated reunion.

Peaking critically and commercially with 2000’s Command, Drive-In were a law unto themselves – a cacophonous, speaker-stock leaping ball of energy, tunes, and searing self-confidence.

It was a recipe never captured by any of their post-breakup units; guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and singer Cedric Bixler-Zavala ventured forth into the prog-dementia of The Mars Volta, with sets filled with no more than a handful of extended jams, and the others into the more formulaic Sparta.

Since Drive-In disbanded back in 2001, just three albums to their name, none of the various side projects was ever viewed as anything more than stop-gaps until they all got back to their day jobs.

Despite this reunion, though, there’s no official word on new material, with various members saying it will definitely, not in a million years, ever, ever happen.

Then again, several of them said the likelihood of them sharing a stage again and tearing through One Armed Scissor and the likes was equally far-fetched, so you never know.

At The Drive-In have just this one UK show ahead of their Reading/ Leeds festival appearances next weekend, so catch them while you can.

Brixton Academy, 211 Stockwell Road, SW9 9SL
Tues, Aug 28 | Doors at 7pm |  £35
o2academybrixton.co.uk

 

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London gig: At The Drive In - Brixton Academy, August 28
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