In/Casino/Out

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In/Casino/Out
At the Drive-In - In-Casino-Out cover.jpg
Studio album by At the Drive-In
Released August 18, 1998
Recorded June 3–10, 1998
Studio Messenger's Studio, Hollywood CA
Genre
Length 38:39
Label Fearless Records
Producer Alex Newport
At the Drive-In chronology
El Gran Orgo
(1997)El Gran Orgo1997
In/Casino/Out
(1998)
Vaya
(1999)Vaya1999
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
Drowned in Sound10/10[2]

In/Casino/Out (stylized as in/CASINO/out) is the second full-length album by American post-hardcore band At the Drive-In, released on August 18, 1998 through Fearless Records. It was recorded as a live studio album, with the intention of better capturing the energy and sound of their live shows. The album marks a clear middle ground between the dirty, lo-fi sound of their first album, Acrobatic Tenement, and the sleeker, more produced sound heard on Relationship of Command.

In 2016, Rolling Stone placed the album at #20 in their "40 Greatest Emo Albums Of All Time" list.[3]

Background and Recording[edit]

During the recording of the album, the band faced a sort of crisis when they were unable to find a label that was able to release the record. By that point in time, Flipside, the label that issued Acrobatic Tenement, quit releasing records and Offtime Records, who released the band's El Gran Orgo the previous year, was not in the financial position to issue more releases. At one point the group considered to independently release the album themselves until Fearless Records offered their support.[4]

Recording for the album took place in early June 1998 at Messenger's Studio, Hollywood California. The entire recording was done live by the band, with little to no overdubs. Production duties were held by Alex Newport with assistance by Doug Messenger at Harddrive Analog in North Hollywood. Newport also mixed the album "half asleep" at Paramount in Hollywood for around 21 hours total. In retrospect, vocalist Cedric Bixlar-Zavala felt that they were "rushed" and that they were unable to "execute maybe 30% of the ideas that were initially planned for the record because of a lack of time", however he did also point out that he felt the band worked very well in the end because of the pressure.[4]

In/Casino/Out marks founding member Jim Ward's return to the band after not performing on record the previous year with El Gran Orgo, taking a year break from the group after the tour for Acrobatic Tenement. The track "Hourglass" marks his debut in performing lead vocals for the group.

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."Alpha Centauri"3:13
2."Chanbara"2:59
3."Hulahoop Wounds"3:24
4."Napoleon Solo"4:48
5."Pickpocket"2:38
6."For Now..We Toast"3:02
7."A Devil Among the Tailors"3:12
8."Shaking Hand Incision"3:36
9."Lopsided"4:41
10."Hourglass"3:25
11."Transatlantic Foe"3:37
Total length:38:39

Personnel[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2012) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Vinyl Albums[5] 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ Butler, Blake. "In/Casino/Out Review". allmusic.com. All Music Guide. Retrieved 2015-10-07. 
  2. ^ Cowling, Ralph. "Album Review: At The Drive-In In/Casino/Out". drownedinsound.com. Drowned In Sound. Retrieved 2001-08-08. 
  3. ^ Exposito, Suzy. "40 Greatest Emo Albums Of All Time". rollingstone.com. Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2016-03-01. 
  4. ^ a b Paul, Aubin. "Interviews: At The Drive-In". punknews.org. Punk News. Retrieved 2015-10-07. 
  5. ^ "Vinyl Albums : August 18, 2012". Billboard. Retrieved July 6, 2015.