There's no shortage of controversy or drama that follows At The Drive-In. From their breakups and splinter bands (The Mars Volta, Sparta) to their multiple reunions which are always met with cynicism. Oddly enough, they've cancelled a slew of shows yet again but this time due to Cedric Zavala's throat issue. But when it comes to the inner-turmoil and chaos behind the scenes, no one wears it better than ATDI. As fucked up as things go with them, it's hard to dispute the legacy they've left behind in terms of post-hardcore, post-punk and dare I say, the reinvention of both. Acrobatic Tenement was their first full-length and built on the promise that EPs like Hell Paso and Vaya showed, which more or less hinted that they were beyond special. That they were the proverbial lightning in a bottle waiting to happen. There's a lot of power to their music and it more or less started full-scale on this record. They've never ducked personal or real-world issues head on and ATDI signaled their intent to revolutionize music in America with this album. Calling it a statement and of course, timeless, would be a gross understatement. Every song hits home hard. Every song feels and sounds different. Every song flows remarkably into each other. Couldn't have asked for a better start to the trip.