Wednesday, June 9, 2010

At The Drive-In - Relationship of Command (2000)

Standing at the intersection of post-hardcore and progressive rock is El Paso, Texas' At The Drive-In; my friend Conor turned me on to these guys well after they had broken up and went on to form The Mars Volta (guitarist Jim Ward would start Sparta). This is what Rush might have sounded like if they grew up on Minor Threat.

These guys were pretty ahead of the curve, a lot of bands tried to do this but failed miserably; by the time other bands figured out what they were doing they were already done with this and deep into 45-minute, eight-part prog rock suites.

So here's some of what Omar Rodríguez-López and Cedric Bixler-Zavala were doing before they got really freaky with shit like De-Loused In The Comatorium and Frances The Mute...

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