All photos by Joe Ortega
Can you think of something you last did 17 years ago you were pretty good at but haven’t done since? Hell, we’ll make it easier for you. Can you think of something you last did 10 years ago you were pretty good at but haven’t done since? Maybe you were an avid soccer player? Competitive kayaker? Mathematician, possibly?
Okay, now go ahead and take that thing, start doing it again and let’s see if you’re equally as good as you once were back in the day. For most of us, there’s no way we’re able to retain those skills from the early 2000′s. For At The Drive-In, however, it’s like they never missed a beat.
Alright, so maybe that metaphor was a bit of a stretch but we think we got our point across. After taking 17 years between albums, El Paso pioneers At The Drive-In are seemingly clicking on all cylinders again. After releasing their remarkable comeback album Inter Alia earlier this year, the fiery five-piece hit the road to bring tracks like “No Wolf Like The Present” and “Governed By Contagions” to life while also resurrecting classics like “Invalid Litter Dept.” and “One Armed Scissor.”
Fortunately for us, die hard At The Drive-In fan and frequent Noise contributor Joe Ortega was able to attend and capture shots of the band’s recent rendezvous through Texas. And as you’d expect, the show was a blur of Omar Rodríguez-López riffs, spastic stage moves from Cedric Bixler and plenty of memories of 2000′s Relationship Of Command.
To check out Ortega’s sensational images, be sure to look below. Afterwards, if you’ve yet to scoop up Inter Alia, make sure to do so here.