Forget Mars Volta, I'm diggin' At the Drive-In

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by SuperDuck, Dec 6, 2005.

  1. SuperDuck


    Sep 26, 2000
    Okay, so I may be a few years late to this party, but I'm really like the At the Drive-In I've been listening to lately.

    In/Casino/Out is a really, really good album. It's grown on me big time in the past few weeks. "Transatlantic Foe" is freakin' awesome. And "Starslight" from their earlier EP is just too cool.

    The Mars Volta is kind of out there for me, but At the Drive-In seems to be money. :D
  2. Planet Boulder

    Planet Boulder Hey, this is a private Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2001
    6,482 feet above sea level
    I once had impure thoughts. Oh, and I pluck my ear hair.
    I like both bands, personally, but I'm a HUGE MV fan.

    I must say that I was somewhat disappointed with the new live CD. The performances did not seem as tight. But then, it's hard to duplicate the tightness of their complex music live.
  3. Matt Till

    Matt Till

    Jun 1, 2002
    Edinboro, PA
    Mars Volta < At The Drive in < Fall of Troy ;)

    I like ATDI because Omar was weird... but he didn't think himself someone who should have extended solos.
  4. Against Will

    Against Will Supporting Member

    Dec 10, 2003
    Big Sound Central
    I was disappointed by the first Mars Volta live CD (or should it be EP? 4 songs, 40 minutes) It was pretty poorly recorded and there didn't really seem to be any point for it to exist. After that, I just got tired of Mars Volta, sure they were kind of weird, but in a very gimmicky sort of way. Kind of like the aural equivalent of those bus tours through Haight-Ashbury in the 60's. "Hey, everyone, come check out this bizarre place with us, but don't worry. We'll bring you back." Then I rediscovered the Boredom's tape my brother had made me and things took off from there.

    But At the Drive-In are ace. It's interesting to look at Sparta and Mars Volta and see how one half tempered the other. Great great group.
  5. I love ATD-I as well. In/Casino/Out is probably my favorite of their records. I've never been able to get into TMV much.

    "Napoleon Solo" is the bees knees.

    One band I'm intersted in hearing is The Fall On Deaf Ears. It was Cedric's old band before ATDI....back when he was like 17-18 years old. Apparently half of the band was killed in a car crash and they only made one record, an ep.
  6. dregen77


    Oct 19, 2005
    Barcelona, Spain
    I personally prefer At The Drive-in. "Relationship of Command" is a great record IMHO.
  7. MCT


    Apr 11, 2005
    I love Sparta, The mars Volta, and at the drive in. I think they're all extremely awesome. The Vaya EP is pretty good. I suggest you just get into all of it. I'm still not tired of it.
  8. I like the Volta and ATD-I.

    'Deloused in the Comatorium' and 'Relationship of Command' are quite literally two of my fave albums ever recorded.

    I'm not into Sparta though.

    It seems to me that Omar and Cedric left the group, and started pushing even further 'out' with even crazier structures and arrangements, but the guys who were left behind kept doing the same stuff, only not nearly as good.

    Apparently Paul Hinojos left Sparta recently to join the Volta as their sound manipulator. I guess he agreed with me...
  9. apfroggy0408


    Jan 21, 2004
    Man do I love The Mars Volta. I havn't heard to much of At the drive in, but what I have heard is frikin awesome. Frances the mute and Deloused in the comatorium are definately in my top 6 favorite records. Very proud of Omar and Cedric seeing how they did come out of El Paso. (where I live) and not to many artists come from El Paso and make it big.
  10. Brad Barker

    Brad Barker Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2001
    berkeley, ca
    have to agree with ya, superduck.
  11. "hello mother leopard, i have your cub. you must protect her, but that will be expensive. ten thousand kola nuts wrapped in paper... midnight... behind the box. i'll be the hyena... you'll see."

    I listened to that ATDI record EVERYDAY on my way to the studio last summer when I was recording my new bass/drums POWER DUO record with Pat Mastelotto. It was hard not to get psyched up after listening to ATDI's "Relationship Of Command". A GREAT record....

    I think they are a million times more accessible than MV...... but less profitable...........

  12. the mars volta kicks tail live too. i saw them earlier this year at the berkeley greek theater. a complete and utter auditory and sensory trip. amazing. and i was stone cold sober! IMHO the drummer is one of the best, if not THE best, there is currently. unfortunately i couldn't hear juan very well but he has some serious drool-inducing gear.
  13. PunkerTrav


    Jul 18, 2001
    Canada & USA
    In Casino Out, Acrobatic Tenement, and Relationship of Command are three of my favorite albums. Great songs.
  14. PunkerTrav


    Jul 18, 2001
    Canada & USA
    +1. Metronome Arthritis and Proxima Centauri are two great great tunes.
  15. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    A bump for the sake of "Relationship of Command"'s awesomeness. I hadn't listened to it in a while and I put it on again the other night- it's like the ultimate post-apocalyptic sci-fi rock album. So much energy without ever becoming cheesy. Ties with "Songs for the Deaf" for me for the best kcik-ass rock albums to come out in the past five years (even better than the Clutch albums, and I'm a big Clutch fan).
  16. VanillaO

    VanillaO Poop?

    Oct 14, 2006
    Toronto, Canada
    Second best album ever created, only after Neutral Milk Hotel - In the Aeroplane over the Sea
  17. Dash Rantic

    Dash Rantic

    Nov 12, 2005
    Palo Alto, CA
    After hearing about how much better At the Drive-In was than Mars Volta, I bought "In-Casino-Out" and "Relationship of Command". I can't say I'm impressed in the slightest, and after listening to each album once through I have no desire to put myself through that again... If I recally correctly, it's the same singer in both bands, but why is he so much more terrible in ATDI? :confused:

    I'll stick with The Mars Volta, I like 'em a lot better. Less emo, too...

  18. oversoul

    oversoul fretless by fate

    Feb 16, 2004
    Another huge fan of ATDI here!!! Relationship of Command blew me out of my socks at the time. Too bad they broke up but I believe it would be hard to top that work.:meh:
  19. freddylang


    Dec 24, 2000
    Columbus, OH.
    ...I think they are the greatest band no one has ever heard of. I grew up on Beatles, Stones, Zeppelin, Doors, Maiden, and now too many bands and styles to mention and I really believe Relationship of Command is the greatest album I've ever heard if i had to choose one. I started questioning this in my head about 2-3 years ago and I am still jamming this album regularly (Daily almost?) not ever getting tired of it. I think it's because I am still trying to decipher the meaning of the lyrics. :) Cosmonaut, Mannequin Republic, Arcarsenal, Chanbara, Alpha Centauri... just great. The lyrics and vocals are not for everyone and most of ATDI's work would scare off the average radio ear after 20 seconds but their energy, emmotion, creativity, and musicianship rivals any band i have ever heard.