The reformation has now been confirmed check this link

In autumn 2011 it was widely reported that El Paso based At the Drive-In were to reunite at ”˜The Fest’ which was held in Detroit, Michigan ”“ however the rumour turned out to be a hoax.

Maybe things are going to be different this time as news is reaching us that NCA ”“ a Russian concert agency ”“ is booking at least one reunion show for the band in Russia; but no date or location has yet been revealed.

While the reunion hasn’t been officially confirmed or denied by the band, NCA is also asking fans to vote for an ATDI reunion show at this location by clicking +1 (you’ll have to register before you vote, oh and the sites all in Russian!).
The bands own website is currently showing as ‘undergoing maintenance’, whilst their label Fearless Records are not giving any clues either way.

At the Drive-In split up in 2001, shortly after the release of their iconic album Relationship of Command, which was released the previous year ”“ the reason for the split is understood to have been ”˜personal issues’ though the various band members have also been embroiled in resolving ”˜financial matters’ The possibility of reunion has be widely spoken about;

During an interview with Drowned in Sound in June 2009, Bixler-Zavala stated that he has been in discussions with the band’s former members and suggested that they could get back together after they sort their financial business out. He added, “I wouldn’t mind it. It might happen; we just have to iron out a lot of personal things. A lot of it we’ve dealt with already and I’ve apologized for a lot of things I’ve said and the way it ended… we’ll see what happens.”

In direct, response to Bixler-Zavala’s Drowned in Sound comments, guitarist Jim Ward quickly threw water on the rumors of a reunion by telling Buzzgrinder, “I don’t think that I’ll be answering any questions or doing any interviews anymore, thank you very much. I haven’t got much to say about anything except with songs which I will continue to make and release ”” cheers”¦ -jimward.”

Whether the reformation will actually happen is anyone’s guess, if it did – playing a single date in Russia seems somewhat odd, none of the bands releases were ever officially released in the country, and a single date that far from home would be a costly venture; surely they would look to tour Europe at he same time”¦

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Phil Newall is 47, from The Wirral - he earns his living not writing about music nor playing music...though sorely wishes he could. He was fortunate enough to see many of the first generation punk bands when they played the U18's matinee shows at Eric's, Liverpool. As an attendee at Eric's he was exposed to punk rock, dub reggae, art rock, and all manner of weirdness; as a customer at Probe Records he was variously served and scowled at by Pete Wylie and Pete Burns - he has written for Record Collector, Whisperin & Hollerin, and Spiral Scratch and wanted to write a book detailing the Liverpool punk scene; however with 'Head-On' Julian Cope beat him to it...and frankly did a much better job.

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  1. […] Holy fucking shit! Defunct but possibly reunited At The Drive-In have recently created a twitter account as well as a new website. Both displaying the same message which is featured above. At this point it is still kind of speculative on whether or not this is real or what it would mean as far as shows or recording. All I can tell you is that Alternative Press is confirming it and that it is rumored that they will be playing a festival in Russia. […]

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