After 17 Years, Fans Still Catch a Wild Show by At The Drive In and Pals Le Butcherettes at The Shrine




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Soft landing for Cedric Bixler-Zavala of At The Drive In - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

ATDI Touring for Album, in•ter a•li•a

By DONNA BALANCIA

At The Drive In should rename themselves “At The Dive In,” because 17 years later, the band is still slamming a phenomenal physical and inspiring performance.

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Cedric Bixler-Zavala leaps off drum riser and then into the crowd many times at The Shrine – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Wild, Physical Show by ATDI

At The Drive In took its wild show to The Shrine, as frontman Cedric Bixler-Zavala leapt, dove and crowd-surfed his way into the hearts of his devoted fans. He looks good and sounds good and the show was impressive.

The band is touring with its first album in 17 years, in•ter a•li•a

Crowd surfing with Cedric Bixler-Zavala - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia
Crowd surfing with Cedric Bixler-Zavala – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

in•ter a•li•a is First Record in 17 Years

At the Drive In was formed in 1993, and has been known for a post-punk style and seemingly carefree presentation. With frontman Bixler-Zavala and guitarist Omar Rodríguez-Lopez, Jim Ward, bassist Paul Hinojos, and drummer Tony Hajjar, ATDI put out three studio albums and five EPs and then broke up in 2001.

At The Drive In frontman Cedric Bixler-Zavala envisioning a landing spot – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Breaking Up, Getting Back

The album, Relationship of Command, released in 2000, is considered a classic. After the breakup, Bixler-Zavala and Rodríguez-López formed The Mars Volta. Then ATDI got back together in 2012.

But one thing the band never lost is its faithful devotees, who came to see their favorite band play. Last summer it was the Palladium that was packed with fans and last Saturday it was The Shrine that was at capacity. The band missed one or two shows on the tour for unknown reasons, but it appears Bixler-Zavala is taking no chances this time around.  There are vaporizers and water on stage for the dynamic frontman, who between huge jumps would come back to inhale and drink.

Teri Suarez AKA Teri Gender Bender backstage with agent Robby Fraser – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Le Butcherettes

Teri Gender Bender and Le Butcherettes were the opening act, and this band never fails.  It’s amazing that Le Butcherettes can drive the crowd into a frenzy whether it’s 100 people at Alex’s Bar in Long Beach or thousands at The Shrine.

Le Butcherettes: Teri Gender Bender, Alejandra Luna and Riko Rodriguez-Lopez – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Adaptability is Key for Musicians

“It’s a talent she has, she’s adaptable to any situation,” agent Robby Fraser of William Morris Endeavor told CaliforniaRocker.com “She’s extremely talented.”

For the bands, it’s on to Mexico City before ATDI heads overseas and Le Butcherettes keep the crowds at home happy.