At The Drive-In and Refused, two of the most significant rock acts of their era, have both reformed after more than a decade apart. They will both perform at the Coachella festival this year.
At The Drive-In, famed for their wildly kinetic live shows, left fans stunned last night when a cryptic tweet suggested their reformation (view it below).
The tweet was later confirmed when the line-up for Coachella was announced, proving that the band really had settled their disputes and would perform again. A new website with a teaser video and their Coachella dates also appeared online.
The post-hardcore pioneers parted ways in 2001 amid intense media hype, some of which claimed they were "the next Nirvana". Their final album, "Relationship Of Command", was a huge commercial success and was credited with bringing post-hardcore to the mainstream. Singer Cedric Bixler and guitarist Omar Rodriguez went on to form progressive rock act The Mars Volta, while the remaining members founded the alternative rock group Sparta.
ATTENTION !To whom it may concern:AT THE DRIVE-IN will be breaking their 11 year silenceTHIS STATION IS NOWOPERATIONAL
At The Drive-In (@AtTheDriveIn_) January 9, 2012
The reunion has left some fans questioning their motives, considering comments made by The Mars Volta members during their hiatus which suggested they would only reform for the money. Bixler responded to these claims on his YouTube page:
"I can see how many of you would think we only might be in it for the money, but people change," he said. "I'm going to have the time of my life. What kind of artist would I be if I didn't contradict myself?"
Seemingly by coincidence, hardcore punk legends Refused also announced their reformation yesterday after splitting in 1998. While the timing of their announcement left them in the shadow of At The Drive-In, it remains a significant moment in rock:
"Finally, after a decade and a half hiatus, Kristofer picked up the guitar again. Which made David want to play the drums again. Which in turn led to all four of us suddenly making new music in assorted constellations. As all this was brewing, Coachella got in touch.
"We never did 'The shape of punk to come' justice back when it came out, too tangled up in petty internal bickering to really focus on the job. And suddenly there's this possibility to do it like it was intended. We wanna do it over, do it right. For the people who've kept the music alive through the years, but also for our own sakes."
So two of the greatest modern punk bands reform in one day, shortly after news that Black Sabbath and Van Halen will release new albums. Who says rock is dead?