- Audio CD (25 Mar. 2013)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: The Orchard
- ASIN: B00BFVVP7U
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 330,268 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Transgressive Records are thrilled to announce the first re-release campaign in the label s nine-year history, with two classic albums from one of the world s most influential bands, At The Drive-In. This is the very first time that Acrobatic Tenement, original released in 1996, will be available on vinyl. The vinyl format of their 2000 album Relationship of Command is currently one of those extreme rarities, making this a highly sought after release. The initial run of coloured vinyl copies of Relationship of Command will be available for Record Store Day on April 20th, while stocks last. Combining a lyrical complexity and sensitivity with the most visceral yet melodic music and drilling in the same vein as The Stooges (Iggy Pop even appears on Relationship of Command), At The Drive-In remind all of the power of revolution. Continuing in the tradition of the great American underground fuelled by the likes of Fugazi and Rites of Spring, this collection of musicians inspire the kind of devotion usually reserved for the Smiths.
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The first to say about this record in comparison to the well better known Realtionship of Command, is that this doesn not have the 'bombastic' sound of the very well prouced later albums.
R.O.Command has very high production values giving it a very 'sonically charged' feel. This, on the other hand, - is every bit as lively and energetic with spikey guitar lines and intiricate melodies, but is not as well produced as ROC.
The sound is very sketchy and almost a bit Lo-Fi. It works very well tho - sounds a bit like early Fugazi, but with a bit more venom.
There are some ATDI best songs on this album. The opener 'Starslight' starts the proceedings, setting the tone for the rest of the album.
It is a fast paced song - with undicipherable vocals, tight percussion and the song moves between chorus and verse in the oddly erratically-elegant way that only they can achieve.
the second song 'Schaffino' blends numerous guitar parts and leads, with a cacophany of drums and bass that at first just sounds like a huge mess - but unravels itself into a fantastic upbeat melody.
other highlights inlcude the more sombre 'INITIATION' and and the wonderful 'Skips the Record' - which sounds like it is exactly doing that. Again the interplay between guitars, not just on the this song but the whole album is a joy - it takes the band away from the direct fast and loud approach of some punk related bands and puts them in their own little league.Read more ›
The first album release for Mexican hardcore outfit 'At the Drive-in'. This is where it all began, but fans of their later more mainstream work might feel at a loss with the raw material. The band was young at the time, and the debut must not have seemed so groundbreaking at the time, as it suffers from the bad recording quality coupled with a minor record deal.
But does that reduce enjoyment? Only slightly; what may disappoint more so is the general amateur feel of the whole album. Several tracks have repeated sections and slow quiet parts that don't merit that progressive feel, but rather that 'we don't know what to do here' feel. If you heard it before any of the 'At The Drive-in''s later work then at least you'll be pretty touched by the originality of the whole thing. The opening bursts in with a sing song yodel type sound, and then an instant battering of the guitars, and a minute later it's over. Most of the songs are quite short, hence the need to repeat things. But this is far from simply a museum piece showcasing where the rest of their material came from; it has plenty of merits of it's own. See Cedric Bixler Zavala's poetic verses outline typical teenage feelings, like stalking, for example, in quiet ballad 'Initiation'. Whether the lyrics make too much sense or not is irrelevant; the deep emotional soul he pours into his words is heart stopping. About a friend who died in 'Ebroglio' he wails "There are no words to express the loss I feel since you've been away", and on highlight 'Ticklish' he cries "I've been dancing in bathroom stalls excreting words just for this song."
The band's imagination is evident on every track, but at this early stage they lacked the skill to pull off anything too complex.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of those albums that gets better the more times you listen to it, Acrobatic Tenement is a must for emo-punk and at the drive-in fans. Read morePublished on 24 Mar. 2002
so, his voice is rarely caught in tune, and the guitar riffs dont come close to relationship but this album is a lost gem. Read morePublished on 23 Jan. 2002 by D. R. Warren
Put simply, I agree with the previous review. The songs on this album are just as rocking as the "Relationship.. Read morePublished on 24 Mar. 2001