ARTIST: At The Drive In
TITLE: Acrobatic Tenements
YEAR RELEASED: 1996
CHART ACTION: None
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Initiation, maybe?
LINEUP: Cedric Bixler-Zavala, Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, Jim Ward, Adam Amparam, Ryan Sawyer
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: El Paso based 90’s punk band releases first album then breaks up and re-forms almost immediately after.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: At The Drive In’s music was always volatile, and the band itself was also volatile as well. This first full-length is a decent slice of 90’s hardcore – it is in your face but also has a lot of other elements that break up the loud fast monotony
The first half of the record is really ear catching. It makes you want to listen, almost forces you to drop everything. Yet, as the record goes on it becomes less immediate and more of the same. The band didn’t hit their stride until later, but the roots were here.
And yes, they did split up, then got back together, sacked their drummer, and their second guitarist.
NOTES & MINUTAE: They self-released two EPs in the El Paso area before this came out. They’re not to be found online.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: B: This shows what they were going to become, especially on the first half.