At the Drive-In aren’t just flirting with us by briefly popping back into our lives and collecting a few festival checks, only to quickly return to the desolate wasteland where defunct and beloved bands reside. They’re actually sticking around. So, get the guest room ready, or at the very least the couch cleared off, because the post-hardcore band is planning on this being a somewhat extended visit. And that’s fantastic news.
On Thursday, At the Drive-In dropped tour dates that will put them on the road from March until June, a bump up from their previous announcement, which only included two festival dates — the Shaky Knees Music Festival in Atlanta, and Rock on the Range in Ohio. They’ll kick around Europe for a spell in March and April before spending the spring and early summer back in the States, playing mostly small to medium-sized rooms.
Now, as if that weren’t enough, the band also plans to release new music. It’s been 16 long years since their last release, 2000’s Relationship of Command, which was followed by their premature split and the formation of other groups like The Mars Volta and Sparta. During the band’s initial reunion in 2012, guitarist and co-founder Omar Rodriguez-Lopez hinted that the band was writing and recording new music. If only because of his uneasiness with revisiting the band’s catalog and with it, the memories of the person he was when writing that music.
A release date for anything new from At the Drive-In has yet to be announced, so stand by on that one. We definitely will.