At The Drive-In’s Was Not “Raddest Reunion,” Says Frontman


Ex-Mars Volta and At The Drive-In member Cedric Bixler-Zavala tells that ATID’s recent reunion wasn’t as rad as it could have been.

You may recall the band got back together last year for a money-grab…I mean, spate of live gigs.

“I guess for now, it is,” Cedric said, when asked if At The Drive-In’s reunion is done.

“But you should never say never. There’s still a lot of amends to be made and behavior to be accounted for,” he continues. “I know that sounds cryptic, but the reunion wasn’t really the raddest reunion we could have had. I think everyone in the band tried their best regardless of some people not looking like they wanted to be there.”

Oh damn. I actually missed the reunion, but got to see the band at the height of its glory, during a CMJ event years ago. When they were on Grand Royal.

Cedric also discussed the new band he has started.

“I’ve been working on my own record for a while now. What started out as a solo project has sort of formed into this band. We don’t really have a name, but it essentially started off as songs that I wrote, because being in The Mars Volta wasn’t exactly the most nurturing moment to discover that I could write songs, so I had to figure that out,” he says.

“They’re mostly songs that I was writing for my wife, lots of acoustic-driven stuff, lots of lap steel, a lot of Sunday morning stuff.”

Sounds mellow.

“I didn’t write music in the Mars Volta at all. No one was allowed to,” he laughed. “You’re going to get to hear my version of what a song should be. It’s really, really mellow. It’s really ballad-y stuff. I’ve just always had this thing for ’70s power.”

It’s kind of a bummer to know how unhappy he was with the Mars Volta, considering I loved that band.

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