At The Drive-In
, the seminal post-hardcore band has reemerged with their first original song in 16 years, "Governed by Contagions." The El Paso rock band formed in 1993, and through their first three albums, the group defined the sound of post-hardcore, and gained an enormous fandom. The critically and commercially acclaimed band lasted for eight years, before breaking up in 2001 over differences in musical vision. Many of the band members ended up forming and joining successful bands, including the Grammy award winning prog-rock band The Mars Volta, formed by two ex-At The Drive-In members. The group briefly reunited from 2011 to 2012 for a number of shows, but did not release any new music. Now the band has truly returned, albeit without founding member Jim Ward, and has released this newest track, which has the energy and style of their previous albums. The track features the same heavy drums and cutting, grimy lyricism that the band is known for.
However, for a band so known for innovation and experimentation, it sound very much like a retrospective. Lyrics and attitudes that were biting in the late 90s, have lost some of their sting today. That's not to say that the song is bad, it's an amazing continuation of their music, and even after so many years apart, the band sounds just as good together now as then. However, if the rest of their announced album is in the same line as this song, a faithful recreation of past musical styles, many fans could be left disappointed. The visuals for the song also feel retro, using many of the stylistic features of 90s music videos like the collage of cityscapes, but plugging it into the new lyric video format. We're excited for the forthcoming full length, produced by ORL and Rich Costey.