I remember listening to Relationship of Command over and over again as an angsty teen. At that point Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Cedric Bixler-Zavala had already left the band to form the progressive-rock project, The Mars Volta. I had my pick of post-hardcore punk and experimental rock, and I listened to it all. While Rodriguez-Lopez continues to keep himself busy today with solo albums and supergroups, the reunion of At The Drive-In was a surprise to us all. Nonetheless, the band returned to the stage, and now, much to the delight of fans, we have ourselves a new single (and soon to be new album).
In none but the style of singer and eccentric lyricist, Bixler-Zavala, the new single, and title track for the up-and-coming album, is called “Governed By Contagions.” With its release is a lyric video that brings us into an eery black-and-white world that you would expect from a song with such a name. Besides the intricate word play and heavy content, “Governed By Contagions” is full-throttled punk rock song that reminds us At The Drive-In can still incite some very intense slam dancing.
Watch the lyrics video here: