El Paso, Texas - The little band from West Texas that broke through to the mainstream in 2000 is back with a new song, their first in sixteen years.
At The Drive-In, El Paso's own post-hardcore breakout band that formed in 1993 and made their first performance at the Loretto High School Fair in 1994 played endlessly and tirelessly with several lineup changes before their breakout success Relationship of Command in 2000.
Their single "One Armed Scissor" had mass circulation on MTV and radio play and led to them playing on the Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O'Brien among other national television appearances. But it wasn't without inter-personal discord.
In 2001, after endless touring and creative differences, the band broke up. Guitarist Jim Ward returned to El Paso and opened Tricky Falls/Bowie Feathers and Eloise and continued to play music in his new band, Sparta alongside ATDI bassist Paul Hinojos and drummer Tony Hajjar. Most recently Ward has been working on a project under his own name.
Singer Cedric Bixler-Zavala, Guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez began work on their side-project De Facto before former The Mars Volta.
In January 2016, ATDI announced a reunion tour, but just days before they were to embark on their tour, Bixler-Zavala announced that Ward would not be joining them and he would be replaced on tour and subsequent recordings by former Sparta guitarist Keely Davis.
Thursday, the band released their first single in sixteen years, "Governed by Contagions" which promptly had the internet literally freaking out.
The song is available for a free download from ATDI's website. The description for the released track on YouTube indicates that a full length album is still forthcoming. Looks like 2017 is off to a good start.
No word on if ATDI will return to El Paso in the coming year to play any reunion shows. The last time they played in their hometown was in during their brief 2009 reunion tour.