|Studio album by|
|Released||February 18, 1997|
|Recorded||Late July, 1996|
|Studio||Commercial Soundworks Hollywood, CA|
|Producer||Blaze James, Doug Green|
|At the Drive-In chronology|
|Consequence of Sound||C+ |
|Drowned in Sound||10/10 |
Acrobatic Tenement is the debut studio album by American post-hardcore band At the Drive-In, released on February 18, 1997, on Flipside. The album, along with In/Casino/Out and Relationship of Command, was reissued by Fearless Records in 2004, and was re-released again in 2013.
Background and recording
The album was initially released on August 18, 1996, exclusively on CD format through the Los Angeles independent record label/fanzine Flipside after a few of the label's staff members were impressed by the band's performance in a small Los Angeles club. The record was recorded in Los Angeles for only $600 after concluding a U.S. tour. The album has been noted for its lack of distortion, which is due to the fact that guitarist Jim Ward believed his recordings wouldn't be used for the final master. Reflecting upon the aftermath of recording Acrobatic Tenement, vocalist Cedric Bixler stated in 2013: "Before [the album's release], the band had broken up. We did a U.S. tour and we decided to split up. I always needed Jim to be there, but he'd had a falling out with Omar. We'd made a bunch of dumb moves at the time — kicked the drummer [Ryan Sawyer] who was on the record out, and then the other guitar player [Adam Amparan] — but then Tony and Paul came and played. Omar switched to guitar at the time, because he played bass on that album, so when we played live, it was a lot different."
Much of the album, including the track "Ebroglio," was inspired by the life and suicide of Julio Venegas, a friend of the band. Venegas later became the inspiration of The Mars Volta's 2003 album De-Loused in the Comatorium.
|6.||"Skips on the Record"||3:07|
|7.||"Paid Vacation Time"||3:33|
|10.||"Coating of Arms"||2:46|
- Cedric Bixler – Lead vocals
- Jim Ward – Guitar, back-up vocals
- Adam Amparan – Guitar
- Omar Rodríguez – Bass
- Ryan Sawyer – Drums
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