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At the Drive-In warms up for festival

Music

Peter Mongillo

El Paso post-hardcore band At the Drive-In played their first show in more than 10 years Monday at Red 7, part of a warm-up for their festival appearance at Coachella next weekend.

In a 2009 interview, Omar Rodriguez-Lopez said that the band members, who parted on not-so-good terms, had patched up problems but weren't overly enthusiastic about a reunion: "Well, it would be like asking you, ‘Do you want to get back together with your first girlfriend?' You learn some amazing things together, but I just shudder at the thought."

Despite those comments, back in January, the band announced it would reunite. Monday's show was a low-stakes run, a chance to test the waters before a sympathetic crowd.

ATDI fans lucky enough to get one of the few hundred tickets were treated to a mostly high-energy set, which lasted about an hour.

The crowd went crazy, throwing beer in the air as the band opened with "Arcarsenal" and went right into "Pattern Against USer," with lead vocalist Cedric Bixler-Zavala jumping up and hanging on the ceiling.

For the most part, there were few issues navigating their often complex songs, nailing the various tempo changes and other twists built into the music.

The set was filled with songs from "Relationship of Command," the "Vaya" EP and "In/Casino/Out," including "Sleepwalk Capsules" and the slower "Lopsided."

Bixler-Zavala gripped the mike for an emotional "Napoleon Solo" as the crowd sang along, hands in the air.

The band saved what is perhaps their biggest commercial hit, "One Armed Scissor," for the second-to-last song. "Thank you for your patience and all your love," Bixler-Zavala said.