Fresh off a triumphant handful of U.S. dates — including a surprise pop-up performance that was the talk of SXSW — AT THE DRIVE IN has unleashed "Hostage Stamps", the third single from the highly anticipated new album, "Inter Alia" (Latin for "among other things").
Vocalist Cedric Bixler-Zavala describes the song as "like walking through the hallway in some war-torn ghetto and reading the writing on the wall. When you hear things like, 'Raise your nithing pole,' I don't think anyone will know what that is right away, but when you look it up, it's this curse. We are going to be victorious. Here's the fucking head on the stake in front of our army. We're coming back. It's reading the writing on the wall. It's going and keeping your ear to the ground and listening to the heartbeat of young people."
Expanding on that theme, the band has unveiled an ominous new video directed by Rob Shaw and Damon Locks (who also designed the characters and set) to accompany the single's release. Using a mix of stop-motion as well as digital animation, the video depicts faceless militaristic figures holding a man captive, as billboards bearing ominous messages flash in and out of view. The final scene is an eruption of chaos as the prisoner sets off an explosion.
AT THE DRIVE IN's North American tour in support of "Inter Alia" will kick off May 6 with a hometown show at El Paso's County County Coliseum.
AT THE DRIVE IN is Cedric Bixler-Zavala, Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, Paul Hinojos, Tony Hajjar and Keeley Davis.