​At the Drive-In

Jagermeister Stage, Montebello QC, June 24

Photo: Chris Bubinas

BY Joe Smith-EngelhardtPublished Jun 25, 2017

If there's one thing to take away from recently reunited art-punk band At the Drive-In's set, it's that the band are excited to be back on stage. From the very first note, singer Cedric Bixler-Zavala was flailing across the stage and jumping from everything he could climb on top of. The rest of the band followed suit, wildly swinging their guitars as they bashed through their set.
Bixler-Zavala used his furious energy to the band's advantage throughout the show, bashing his microphone stand into the stage between songs in a pissed-off rage. His rapid-fire lyricism was perfectly executed on tracks like "Cosmonaut" and "Hostage Stamps" as the crowd watched in awe.
Towards the end of their set, the charismatic singer took a moment to direct his anger towards the recent outcome of the Bill Cosby court case, repeatedly screaming "Fuck Bill Cosby!" The crowd erupted in cheers, denouncing the comedian and his actions.
The band closed with a perfectly executed performance of the iconic "One-Armed Scissor" after thanking fans for "staying obsessed" with them throughout their decade-long absence. At the Drive-In's return may be lacking original guitarist Jim Ward, but the band don't appear to be having a difficult time without him.

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