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Album Review

With the release of this absolutely astounding seven-song, 23-plus-minute EP, At the Drive-In seem to have finally come together and found the true and beautiful essence of their music. They have taken the raw intensity and power of their earlier efforts, and focused upon it, bringing forth something that surpasses anything they have done to this point. "Rascuache," the first and perhaps most original song on the album, is filled with slightly tribal rhythms interwoven with beautiful electronic tones, fierce guitars and the passionate vocals that ATDI are known for. Two others ("300 MHz," "Metronome Arthritis") take the sound that was established on In/Casino/Out and mix it with the sonics of Rage Against the Machine, without sounding redundant. The last track, "198d," is filled with so much emotion that it's nearly impossible to resist repeating it over and again. Vaya shows an incredible band moving in a direction so exciting and overwhelming that it will leave fans dying to see what they do next.

Customer Reviews

...and it feels like it's snowing

+"198d" is my favorite ATDI track. Cedric's voice is so soft and elegant (especially on the second verse), it rises and falls with the guitars throughout the song before an abundance of emotion explode during the last minute of the song. Easily the strongest track here. +"Rascuache" begins right where "Transatlantic Foe" ended on 'In Casino Out'. You can play them one after the other and it seems to link the albums together without you noticing it. +I often find myself screaming the lyrics to "Proxima Centauri". Good follow up to a very powerful opener. +"Ursa Minor" has a dark/mysterious feel to the verses while the chorus has a more hopeful feel to it. Highlight of the song for me is the beautifully composed section halfway through the song. +"Heliotrope" starts abruptly and ends abruptly. In it's 3 minutes it releases so much energy and power that you need a breather.... +Which is exactly what "Metronome Arthritis" does. To me, this song has two parts, first part is an overview of what is going on, and a slow rise to the second part. The second part is where thoughts of paranoia surface to create a nervously epic and unforgettable ending. +"300 MHz" has a haunting sound for the majority of the track and to me, is the weakest of these 7. Shows a little bit of experimentation and definitely has a more chaotic feel to it. +This is my favorite release by ATDI and I think it is their strongest as well. This release will most likely be embraced once you have acquired it. Well worth the money so buy away.

Best ep ever

Better than the Beatles in every way.

Best EP I own.

Vaya is my favorite ATDI work. My friends all say its too short (and it is) and favor in/CASINO/out, but I can deal with the fact that it is under half an hour, as every song is incredible. Rascuache maintains the tradition of great openers, and Proxima Centauri keeps the momentum going. Most of the songs utilize interesting drum beats, which give the first hints of the Mars Volta growing in frontman Cedric and guitarist Omar. However, it does not expand into the sometimes white-noise quality which the Mars Volta are oft-criticized for having. The end result is a perfect mix of frantic punk and slower, more ambient parts, the latter making each moment of the former more energetic and precious.


Formed: 1994 in El Paso, TX

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Combining emotional melodies and upbeat rhythms moving at an unpredictable rate, At the Drive-In definitely stuck out in their hometown of El Paso, Texas. Formed in early 1994, the group debuted soon after with its first EP, Hell Paso, followed by a brief tour across the Lone Star State. With a lineup secured around Cedric Bixler (vocals), Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Jim Ward (guitar), Paul Hinojos (bass), and Tony Hajjar (drums), At the Drive-In released a second EP, Alfaro Vive, Carajo!, and toured...
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