West Coast music fans, rejoice. Your favorite Left Coast festival, Coachella, just released the 2012 line-up for its newly expanded two-weekend festival this April. The fest, which will cover the weekends of April 13-15 and April 20-22, features headlining acts The Black Keys, Radiohead and tandem sets from Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre. However, fans of all genres have acts to get excited about, as performers as diverse as A$AP Rocky, St. Vincent, The Black Lips and The Weeknd will be present in Indio.
Yet, it was one of the festival’s most unrecognizable acts that might’ve also been its biggest coup. After an 11-year hiatus, El Paso, Texas, thrash-rock pioneers, At the Drive-In, will reunite to play both weekends. Although not headlining, the festival marks the first time since the band called it quits in 2001 that all five former members will play together.
At the Drive-In won’t be most fans’ first choice to watch nor will they elicit more than a head-scratching “huh?” However, for fans of thrash rock and modern punk music, the reunion is exciting if not unexpected–especially when one considers the bands formed from ATDI’s break-up, The Mars Volta and Sparta, went completely separate musical paths. But for someone eager to enjoy a manic live performance and plenty of instrument distortion, ATDI’s Sunday performances should warrant serious consideration.