Post-Hardcore legends At The Drive-In have officially reunited. Just before the official lineup of this year's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival was announced, the group confirmed plans to reunite for the yearly California music spectacle, with potential new recordings to follow.
Formed in El Paso Texas in 1993, At The Drive-In rose to become one of the most popular acts in the nascent post-hardcore scene. Following the release of their breakthrough album "Relationship of Command", the group were involved in a car accident during which their touring van flipped over. Though no one was seriously injured, the incident left the group shaken, and they broke up soon after. Despite the interruption at the high-point of the band's career, members Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Cedric Omar-Bixler went on to form the critically-acclaimed experimental band The Mars Volta, while Jim Ward, Paul Hinojos, and Tony Hajjar formed the influential alternative rock band Sparta. Coachella will be the group's first performance together in over 10 years.
At The Drive-In are not the only unlikely reunion story on the Coachella lineup: Swedish band Refused are also taking the stage for a long-rumored reunion. Another legendary post-hardcore act, the group have famously scoffed at the idea of reforming. The official statement from the band confirms their usual apathetic stance.
"It's been a motley 14 years since our band came apart. We've all kept busy in our respective endeavors but we've all remained friends and kept in touch. There have been offers, and lots of jokes about these offers. We've sort of looked down from our high horses and made fun of people who've just wanted to share the psychopathic intensity that we would deliver on a nightly basis in our post-pubescent prime. A reunion has just seemed irrelevant to us. Too much other shit to do," the release reads in part.
Refused famously imploded shortly after the release of their seminal album, "The Shape of Punk to Come". According to the press release, the regret surrounding the group's failure to live up the considerable hype surrounding the record is the very reason for their reformation.
"We never did 'The Shape of Punk to Come' justice back when it came out, too tangled up in petty internal bickering to really focus on the job. And suddenly there's this possibility to do it like it was intended. We wanna do it over, do it right. For the people who've kept the music alive through the years, but also for our own sakes."
The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is scheduled to take place April 13-15 and April 20-22. Like all the other announced performers, both At The Drive-In and Refused are scheduled to perform both weekends.