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Our Music Year No. 11: At the Drive-In, ‘In/Casino/Out’

By From page B5 | January 11, 2013

Artist: At the Drive-In
Title: “In/Casino/Out”
Year: 1998
Format: Spotify
Grade: C+

Only being familiar with “Relationship of Command,” heralded as their finest work, At the Drive-In’s “In/Casino/Out” is the second album in the band’s three-disc output.

This was recorded live to capture the intensity of the band’s live performances and it’s an electricity that crackles in the end result. A young Cedric Bixler-Zavala wails, especially on “Chanbara” and “Shaking Hand Decision.”

The record shows the teeth we would see in the ’00s from The Mars Volta’s efforts, but lacks the freaky experimental side. This is more post-hardcore than prog, but it knows rhythm and melody well. That makes it worth at least a spin, even for listeners who have never heard “Relationship of Command,” which is definitely the group at its finest.

Whether their 2012 reunion amounts to a one-off appearance, a tour or an album, it’s good to have At the Drive-In back.

Our Music Year is Daily Republic popular culture writer Nick DeCicco’s yearlong online review in 2012 of albums he had previously not listened to. The reviews will appear in print on their corresponding days during 2013. Reach him at 427-6966 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ndeciccodr.

Nick DeCicco

Nick DeCicco

Nick DeCicco is the editor of the Tailwind and writes the pop culture blog/column For Those About to Rock. Before joining the DR staff in July 2007, DeCicco (pronounced Deh-CEE-Coh) worked at The Union in Grass Valley, Calif., and the Greeley Tribune in Greeley, Colo. A 2004 graduate of the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, DeCicco spends his free time attending concerts, listening to music, going to movies, traveling and hiking.
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