The last decade has produced some major reunion tours from bands like Pavement, Pixies, and very recently Van Halen. It's good to see that one band, at least, taking this reunion business into a new era of transparency: At The Drive-In
. In a recent interview with NME
, guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez admitted that the reunion of the 90s hardcore stalwarts is actually, kind of, definitely, about money. "We're not getting any younger and there's been an offer of money every year. You can't avoid that. You'd be a fool and a politician to pretend that wasn't part of it."
It's dissapointing news if you were looking forward to a long future for At The Drive In, as they don't plan to make or release any new material. Rodriguez-Lopez didn't seem to hide his discomfort, "Obviously it's going to be weird. It's like getting back with your ex-wife, only in this case there are four ex-wives!" He went on to say, "It's songs we wrote when we were all in our 20s and we're doing a couple of shows." You can catch either the band, or money-bots pretending to be At The Drive In, playing at Coachella and Benicassim in Valencia, Spain.
It's hard to tell if the guitarist is partly joking, but unless you're a hardcore ATDI fan, It doesn't really matter because it's really funny to see someone in the business be so upfront. Check it out in its entirety at NME