The world has changed a lot in the last 17 years, but you wouldn’t know it listening to At The Drive In’s newest record. Since the seminal post-hardcore group split to let grievances subside and pursue different projects, fans of the band have been aching for follow up to the lauded ‘Relationship of Command’. However, ‘Inter Alia’ (stylised in•ter a•li•a), bar some souped-up production, isn’t indicative of 17 years of progress — and that’s problematic.
See, back in 2001, conversations between singer Cedric Bixler and guitarist Omar Rodriguez suggested the band departing their frenetic, loud-quiet song structures to explore either experimental Pink Floyd sounds or join the crescendoing pedigree of alternative rock at the time. The band did neither. And that leaves us here, in 2017, where At The Drive In are picking up exactly