New Music: At The Drive-In ‘Hostage Stamps’

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ATDI’s fourth album in • ter a • li • a is out on May 5th on Rise Records.

While El Paso post-hardcore legends At The Drive-In have been absolutely killing it when they’ve been playing live of late, unfortunately, the same thing cannot be said for their new studio material. ‘Hostage Stamps’ is the third track to be released from their upcoming come back album, in • ter a • li • a, and, as with the other two released from the record so far, there is definitely something amiss.

Personally, I think the issue lies with the production. A joint effort between Rich Costey (Muse, Death Cab for Cutie, Biffy Clyro) and ATDI guitarist Omar Rodríguez-López, it renders the band’s attack rather tame and toothless. Instead of roiling and pillaging like the ATDI of old, we’re left with something distinctly less dangerous than that. Whereas back in the day the group added up to more than their parts, this time around it seems they are adding up to slightly less than their parts.

At least the video is pretty cool in a Tool type way.

Cedric Bixler-Zavala describes the song as “like walking through the hallway in some war-torn ghetto and reading the writing on the wall. When you hear things like, ‘Raise your nithing pole,’ I don’t think anyone will know what that is right away, but when you look it up, it’s this curse. We are going to be victorious. Here’s the fucking head on the stake in front of our army. We’re coming back. It’s reading the writing on the wall. It’s going and keeping your ear to the ground and listening to the heartbeat of young people.”

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