New Video: The Dark and Striking Visuals for At The Drive In’s “Call Broken Arrow”

Currently comprised of founding members Cedric Bixler (vocals), Omar Rodriguez (guitar, vocals), Paul Hinojos (bass) and Tony Hajjar (drums) and Sparta’s Keely Davis, the El Paso, TX-based punk rock act At The Drive In can trace its origins back to its formation in 1994. After several line up changes, the band’s lineup eventually solidified into a quintet featuring Bixler, Rodriguez, Hinojos, Hajjar and Jim Ward, and with its best known lineup, the band released three critically applauded and commercially successful studio albums — 1996’s Acrobatic Tenement, 1998’s In/Casino/Out and 2000’s seminal effort, Relationship of Command — before abruptly splitting up at the height of their popularity, just before they were about to embark on a Stateside leg of a lengthy world tour.

Following the break up of At The Drive In, Bixler and Rodriguez formed the critically applauded act The Mars Volta while Ward, Hinojoso, Hajjar formed Sparta with Davis, and both acts were a decided departure from their work from At The Drive In — with The Mars Volta specializing in intricate and expansive prog rock and Sparta specializing in much more straightforward rock. The band reunited in January 2012 and played that year’s Coachella Festival and Lollapalooza Festival and re-issued their original material through their own label before splitting up. Interestingly, the following year The Mars Volta went through a bitter break up in which Bixler and Rodriguez refused to speak to each other for a couple of years.  However, the original lineup had reunited to play a series of Festival gigs and announced they were releasing new material, but as the band was rehearsing and preparing to go on tour, Ward left and he was replaced by Sparta’s Keely Davis.

The band’s fourth full-length effort  in • ter a • li • a was released earlier this year and from the album’s latest single “Call Broken Arrow,” the band manages to retain the explosive and breakneck fury of their previously released material but while revealing musicians who have grown older and bring something different to the table than from their first incarnation; in fact, the song manages to strongly nod at prog rock and math thanks to rapid fire key changes and a punishingly forceful bridge that will absolutely melt faces.

Directed by Rob Shaw, the recently released visuals for “Call Broken Arrow” act as a prequel to the video for “Hostage Stamps,” as the viewer follows the continuing story of a prisoner and his faceless captors, as well as the appearance of enormous, mechanized spiders. And much like the preceding video, the visuals for “Call Broken Arrow” employs a mix of digital and stop-motion animation while providing nuanced into the already established narrative. As Shaw explains in press notes. In ‘Hostage Stamps,’ we have a prisoner being tortured and monitored by some sort of authoritarian organization. The guys wanted to show why he was imprisoned, as well as cast doubt over his innocence. It’s funny how in stories, especially film stories, you tend to sympathize with whoever you spend time with. When you watch someone being mistreated, the assumption is that person is the victim. ‘Call Broken Arrow’ is in part about illustrating the prisoner’s culpability, but even that is in doubt as we see the Watcher character who follows him around slipping something in his drink at the end.”

The band is currently on an international tour, playing some of the world’s biggest festivals with a lengthy run throughout Japan and Australia. Check out tour dates below.

 

TOUR DATES

TUE 15 AUGUST – FM4 FREQUENCY FESTIVAL 2017 – ST PÖLTEN, AUSTRIA

THU 17 AUGUST – VODAFONE PAREDES DE COURA 2017 – PAREDES DE COURA, PORTUGAL

SAT 19 AUGUST – PUKKELPOP 2017 HASSELT, BELGIUM

SUN 20 AUGUST – LOWLANDS FESTIVAL 2017 – BIDDINGHUIZEN, NETHERLANDS

WED 23 AUGUST – TONHALLE – MÜNCHENMUNICH, GERMANY

FRI 25 AUGUST – ROCK EN SEINE 2017 – PARIS, FRANCE

SAT 26 AUGUST – READING FESTIVAL 2017 – READING, UK

SUN 27 AUGUST – LEEDS FESTIVAL 2017 – LEEDS, UK

SAT 16 SEPTEMBER – RIOT FEST 2017 – CHICAGO, IL, US

TUE 19 SEPTEMBER – ZEPP TOKYO – TOKYO, JAPAN

FRI 22 SEPTEMBER – NAMBA HATCH – なんばHATCHOSAKA, JAPAN

SUN 24 SEPTEMBER – CLUB QUATTRO (クラブクアトロ) – NAGOYA, JAPAN

THU 28 SEPTEMBER – FESTIVAL HALLMELBOURNE – VIC, AUSTRALIA

FRI 29 SEPTEMBER – HORDERN PAVILIONSYDNEY – NSW, AUSTRALIA

SUN 1 OCTOBER – YOURS AND OWLS 2017 – WOLLONGONG, NSW, AUSTRALIA

MON 2 OCTOBER – EATONS HILL HOTEL & FUNCTION CENTREBRISBANE – QLD, AUSTRALIA

MON 13 NOVEMBER – MOTORPOINT ARENA CARDIFF – CARDIFF, UK

TUE 14 NOVEMBER – RIVERMEAD LEISURE COMPLEX – READING, UK

THU 16 NOVEMBER – MANCHESTER ARENA – MANCHESTER, UK

FRI 17 NOVEMBER – FIRST DIRECT ARENA – LEEDS, UK

SAT 18 NOVEMBER – BARCLAYCARD ARENA – BIRMINGHAM, UK

MON 20 NOVEMBER – ALEXANDRA PALACE – LONDON, UK

TUE 21 NOVEMBER – ALEXANDRA PALACE – LONDON, UK

WED 22 NOVEMBER – ALEXANDRA PALACE – LONDON, UK

FRI 24 NOVEMBER – THE SSE HYDRO – GLASGOW, UK

SAT 25 NOVEMBER – MOTORPOINT ARENA NOTTINGHAM – NOTTINGHAM, UK

SUN 26 NOVEMBER – 3ARENA – DUBLIN, IRELAND

TUE 28 NOVEMBER – BOURNEMOUTH INTERNATIONAL CENTRE (BIC) – BOURNEMOUTH, UK

WED 29 NOVEMBER – BRIGHTON CENTRE – BRIGHTON, UK