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At The Drive-In and Refused reform for Coachella

By | Published on Tuesday 10 January 2012


Late 90s/early noughties punk outfits At The Drive-In and Refused will both perform at this year’s Coachella festival, it has been announced. ATDI pre-empted the news with an announcement yesterday, simply saying: “At The Drive-In will be breaking their eleven year silence. This station is… now… operational”.

Although there was much excitement online about the apparent reformation, it wasn’t initially clear exactly what was planned until this year’s Coachella line-up was subsequently published, which revealed not only two performances from ATDI on its two Sunday line-ups (15 and 22 Apr), but also sets from Refused on the Fridays (13 and 20 Apr). The line-up announcement also confirmed speculation that Pulp will continue their reunion activity in 2012, appearing on the Coachella bill above Refused.

Texan quintet At The Drive-In split in November 2000, with its members forming new bands The Mars Volta and Sparta. Sparta recently began performing live again after a three year hiatus and Mars Volta frontman Cedric Bixler-Zavala recently announced that a new album from that band is “just around the corner”, with reports that the new record will be released in March.

Swedes Refused split two years prior to ATDI in 1998, an implosion that was captured in the documentary ‘Refused Are Fucking Dead’. Rumours of a reunion have been circulating since 2010, but have always been denied by the band. Frontman Denis Lyxzén confirmed on Facebook yesterday that the band’s classic 1994-1998 line-up – Lyxzén, David Sandström, Kristofer Steen, and Jon Brännström – would indeed be performing together again in 2012. An appearance at Sweden’s Way Out West festival has also been announced.

At The Drive-In, meanwhile, confirmed that they too would be reuniting with their ‘classic’ line-up – Cedric Bixler-Zavala, Jim Ward, Omar Rodríguez-López, Paul Hinojos, and Tony Hajjar – via brief flashes of each of their faces in this video: