2 AT THE DRIVE IN REIGNITED

Kerrang! (UK) - - Reading Leads -

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

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