We have waited a long time to see At the Drive-In play in New York City. The post-hardcore band played a number of shows in 2016 when the band reunited, but the Terminal 5 date was cancelled at the last minute due to illness- a regret lead singer, Cedric Bixler-Zavala, continually apologized for Wednesday night. At The Drive-In more than made up for its cancelled show by destroying the stage and reimagining all things punk-rock.
The garage-punk band, Le Butcherettes opened with an amazingly haunting set. Led by front-woman, Teri Gender Bender, the threesome is as relentless as it is unconventional when it comes to live performances. Yes, they dance and thrash, but they also jump off of platforms, wail, and mimic giving birth on stage. When Bender sung “Henry Don’t Got Love,” the crowd became unhinged.
At The Drive-In followed with an equally unreal performance. Bixler-Zavala cycled through launching himself off of drums and blocks, to throwing stands and drop kicking microphones. The manic energy of the band that hails from El Paso, Texas seduced the crowd as audience members began moshing and crowd surfing. They played two songs off their upcoming album, “Incurably Innocent” and “Governed by Contagions” and a number of classics.
At The Drive-In is on tour in the United States through June. Their first album in seventeen years, in·ter a·lia·a, Latin for “among other things,” is set for release on May 5th via Rise Records. The album was coproduced by Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Rich Costey.
Article: Alx Bear