Published on February 25th, 2012 | by RMX1
Can Omar Rodriguez-Lopez become more direct? A Reunion based on Desperation
It would have been all too easy to say that it was all about art but Omar Rodriguez-Lopez was not willing to play that game. He is on record to say that the reunion of Drive-In is driven by the need for money and they anticipate that they can exploit the nostalgia about the group. If all the major figures in the entertainment industry were this honest then probably a lot less records would be sold on the open market. Often we hear of these reunions as if they are a form of group therapy. A group that broke up as a result of internal strife is then pasted with plastic smiles for the camera as they give pathetic renditions of old hits. It comes to the best of us.
Where are they leaving the fans?
Perhaps the fans will be rather annoyed at Omar Rodriguez-Lopez for splitting that fantasy world. It has never been about giving in to the demands of the fans. These reunions are nothing more than an attempt to milk the nostalgia dry. The star was giving an interview to NME and he said that there would not be a new album. This is all about the Texas band which concentrated on hardcore music. It has to be one of the best and most honest interviews that the magazine has ever picked up. Most people will be buoyed by the fact that there are still people who are willing to tell the truth in this industry even if they ruffle feathers.
He says that “We’re not getting any younger and there’s been an offer of money every year”. It remains to be seen whether nostalgia will be enough to bring victory to Drive-In. The songs were written when the members were in their 20s and it might be a hard sell for the younger generation that is used to the rich tapestry of competing artists. Hopefully the other members of the team are as honest as Omar Rodriguez-Lopez. If they set the expectations too high then they may be in for a big disappointment.