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At The Drive-In band 2000
from left: Paul Hinojos, Tony Hajjar, Jim Ward, Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Cedric Bixler-Zavala

At The Drive-In Biography

The Alternative-Rock outfit At The Drive-In was first formed in El Paso, Texas USA, in 1994, by the duo Cedric Bixler-Zavala on vocals and Jim Ward on guitars; they released an indepent EP entitled "Hell Paso", not long after bass player Omar A. Rodriguez-Lopez joined for a brief tour and in 1996 he switched to guitar. Subsequently bassist Paul Hinojos and drummer Tony Hajjar was added to the line-up.

Now as a solid five-piece, At The Drive-In, toured throughout Western United States and that same year they caught the eye of Flipside Records who released the band's first full-length album, "Acrobatic Tenement".

One year later, the group recorded a 6-track EP titled "El Gran Orgo" and in the summer of 1998 they followed it up with the release of a second full album, "in/Casino/Out".

The Texan quintet then embarked on their first European tour; when they returned to the U.S. signed for Grand Royal Records and issued in September of 2000 "Relationship Of Command", the album featured guest appearance by Iggy Pop and cracked The Billboard Top 200 chart while the main single, "One Armed Scissor", hit the top 30 of The Modern Rock chart.

In 2001, Bixler-Zavala and Rodriguez-Lopez formed The Mars Volta and put At The Drive-In on indefinite hiatus. Also that year, Ward, Hinojos and Hajjar, went on to create Sparta.


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