The money must have been flowing back in day for At the Drive-In and vocalist Cedric Bixler-Zavala. It was a different time back then in the early 2000s, when albums were selling and there was no such thing as streaming. In a recent interview with Vulture the former Mars Volta singer spoke of how much money he and the band used to spend on weed, but why he gave up smoking so much.
“I was a total monster. I was spending $1,000 a week on weed, and everyone I was in the band with at the time smoked as much as I did. There’s so much stupid behavior caused by weed, but I always had that cliché: I needed it for creativity. I’ve come to realize that at the end of the day, it’s only you yourself that creativity comes from. It doesn’t come from weed.”
At the Drive In broke up soon after the 2000 release of Relationship of Command, which hit #116 on the Billboard charts. The band reunited back in 2012, but Cedric Bixler-Zavala said it, “wasn’t really the raddest reunion we could have had.” He quit the Mars Volta a year later.