2 AT THE DRIVE IN REIGNITED
Their debut in 2000 went down in folklore – but The reunited atdi aren’t resting on Their laurels for 2017’s return…
HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THE PROSPECT OF PLAYING R&L?
CEDRIC BIXLER-ZAVALA (VOCALS):
“It’s very exciting because it’s been a long time since we had that moment with At The Drive In, so it’s nice to come back. I mean… We did it in 2012, but I don’t really think we were firing on all pistons. It’s a little different for us now, so now there’s a quality of reignition and redemption for us, so it’ll be done properly.”
WHAT ARE YOUR ENDURING MEMORIES OF PLAYING THE FESTIVAL?
“One of them was that I grabbed this photographer’s bag. I started twirling it about, and the lenses flew everywhere and some of them broke. It was never meant with malice, it was just one of those moments of trying to have fun because everyone’s so far away. I was just trying to make it more like what our clubs shows were like. I remember her being really cool about it. I also remember climbing down from the stage and trying to pick up one of those big trash cans and then realising it was filled with water. I must have looked like a fucking idiot doing that.”
YOU MENTIONED THE DISTANCE BETWEEN THE BAND AND THE AUDIENCE; AS A BAND FORGED IN INTIMATE CLUBS, DO YOU STILL ENJOY FESTIVALS?
“One way to combat that distance is to make sure side-ofstage, or maybe even onstage, is available for people if they want to come and watch us.the reality is that a musician needs to play festivals as their bread and butter, but you’ve got to work harder because it’s not the same as a regular show.when you start hitting a bunch in a row it can be a little soldiering because the issue of insurance for the festivals themselves contradicts what a real rock show should be, but you’ve got to work with what you’ve got to work with.”
IS THERE A THRILL TO THE PROSPECT OF WINNING OVER NEW FANS?
“I think that’s where we always did best. Once we got to a point where people started coming to see us as a main attraction, there was something off about it. It was always easier to win people over in 30 minutes. Now we’re in the headspace where we can play our own shows, but it’s fun to open up and leave kids thinking, ‘What the fuck just happened?’” main stage; R: saturday, 5:05Pm; L: sunday, 4:35Pm