Le Butcherettes and At The Drive-In recently paid a visit to Atlanta, Georgia’s The Tabernacle. Photographer David Altherr was there to capture the action. This is what he said about it.
It’s been about 17 years since I last saw At the Drive-In. The show was at the cramped student union at Oberlin College in Ohio. Relationship of Command was less than a year old and my first introduction to the band. This time it was at a crowded Atlanta Tabernacle; originally a church, and also a former House of Blues. After 17 years of listening to ATDI and the various projects that were born following their 2001 breakup, I could appreciate fully what I watched this night. As the house lights went down, I knew that they would not disappoint.
The opening chords “Arcarsenal” started the evening which included 10 songs from Relationship of Command, including “Catacombs,” a bonus track from one of the reissues. The only new song to make the set was “Governed by Contagions,” from their forthcoming full-length, their first in 16 years, which fit seamlessly into the setlist. The stage banter was short and sparse but vocalist Cedric Bixler-Zavala did let Atlanta know that ATDI would return.
A two-song encore had the crowd in full sing-a-long, including the finale cut, “One Armed Scissor.”
At The Drive-In:
(Catch the band live here:
03/29 – Toronto, ON @ Rebel
08/25-27 – Reading, UK @ Reading Festival
08/25-27 – Leeds, UK @ Leeds Festival
Visit At The Drive-In here: http://www.atthedriveinmusic.com/.)