Acrobatic Tenement

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Acrobatic Tenement
At the Drive-In - Acrobatic Tenement cover.jpg
Studio album by At the Drive-In
Released August 18, 1996
Recorded Late July, 1996
Studio Commercial Soundworks Hollywood, CA
Genre Post-hardcore
Length 32:20
Label Flipside
Producer Blaze James, Doug Green
At the Drive-In chronology
¡Alfaro Vive, Carajo!
Acrobatic Tenement
El Gran Orgo
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
Consequence of Sound C+ [2]
Drowned in Sound 10/10 [3]
Pitchfork 6.5/10[4]

Acrobatic Tenement is the debut studio album by American post-hardcore band At the Drive-In, released on August 18, 1996 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.

Only one of the album's tracks made it to the 2005 compilation album, This Station Is Non-Operational, with "Initiation" appearing as a live BBC recording.

Background and recording[edit]

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.[5] The record was recorded in Los Angeles for only $600 after concluding a U.S. tour.[3] 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."[6]

Much of the album, including the track "Ebroglio", was inspired by the life and suicide of Julio Venegas, a friend of the band.[7] Venegas later became the inspiration of The Mars Volta's 2003 album De-Loused in the Comatorium.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Star Slight" 1:18
2. "Schaffino" 2:49
3. "Ebroglio" 2:47
4. "Initiation" 3:26
5. "Communication Drive-In" 1:44
6. "Skips on the Record" 3:07
7. "Paid Vacation Time" 3:33
8. "Ticklish" 4:35
9. "Blue Tag" 3:17
10. "Coating of Arms" 2:46
11. "Porfirio Diaz" 2:58
Total length: 32:20



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  2. ^ Bray, Ryan. "At The Drive-In – Acrobatic Tenement [Reissue]". Consequence Of Sound. Retrieved 2013-04-09. 
  3. ^ a b Tarry, Lucy. "Album Review: At The Drive-In Acrobatic Tenement". Drowned In Sound. Retrieved 2002-07-03. 
  4. ^ Cohen, Ian. "Double Review of Acrobatic Tenement and Relationship Of Command". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2013-04-09. 
  5. ^ DaRonco, Mike. "All Music Guide Biography". All Music Guide. Retrieved 2015-10-07. 
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  7. ^ Diaconescu, Sorina. "Secrets Of The Sun". LA Weekly. Retrieved 2003-07-26.