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Encyclopedia > The Ataris
The Ataris
Background information
Origin Anderson, Indiana, USA Flag of the United States
Genre(s) Alternative rock, Pop punk
Years active 1995–present
Label(s) Sanctuary Records
Columbia Records
Kung Fu Records
Website http://www.theataris.com/
Members
Kristopher Roe
John Collura
Paul Carabello
Angus Cooke
Bob Hoag
Sean Hansen
Shane Chickeles
Former members
Jasin Thomason
Marko 72
Derrick Plourde
Patrick Riley
Marco Peña
Mike Davenport
Chris Knapp

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Contents

History

Kung Fu Records (1995-2002)

Formed in 1995, the band originally consisted of singer/songwriter/guitarist Kristopher Roe and guitarist Jasin Thomason. Using a 4-track, they wrote and recorded demos in Kris' bedroom, using a drum machine while they searched for a full-time drummer. The band's first big break came in 1996 when Kris attended a show at the club Bogart's in Cincinnati, where he passed one of the band's demo tapes to a roadie from the band. The roadie gave the tape to Joe Escalante, bassist from the band The Vandals who owned their own label, Kung Fu Records. A few weeks later, Kris received a call from Kung Fu Records, who told him they were interested in putting out their record, even though he was really only searching for a drummer. The Ataris signed to Kung Fu and the label passed the tape along to various drummers. Eventually Kris decided upon ex-Lagwagon drummer Derrick Plourde. The band then proceeded to record their debut album Anywhere but Here, tracking the whole thing in less than a week. The album was released on April 29, 1997 and the band held a release show party at Missing Link Records in Indianapolis on May 2nd. A singer is a musician who uses their voice to produce music. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... the very definition of a guitarist is cody allen and taylor hines because of there un ending guitar skills and awsomnes. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Jasin Thomason was the guitarist for American rock band The Ataris on their first record, Anywhere But Here. ... Multitrack recording (multitracking or just tracking for short) is a method of sound recording that allows for the separate recording of multiple sound sources to create a cohesive whole. ... Kung Fu Records is an American music label. ... Derrick Plourde was an influential drummer. ... Anywhere But Here Anywhere But Here is The Ataris first album. ...


In June of 1997, Kristopher moved from Anderson, Indiana to Santa Barbara, California. Shortly afterward, Marko Desantis joined the band on bass for a short time. Jasin Thomason decided to leave the band to stay in Indiana, and the group toured as a three-piece for a short while. After a brief tour in October 1997, this lineup disbanded. Kris, out of money and living in a van, contemplated moving back to Indiana. But the band still had an upcoming tour booked with Dance Hall Crashers and Unwritten Law, so Kris decided to give the band one more shot. He got his friend from Santa Barbara, Mike Davenport, to play bass. Davenport shared a small rehearsal space on East Haley Street with his friend Marco Peña, who was in a different band. One day at the rehearsal space, Roe and Davenport heard the drummer of Pena's band, Chris "Kid" Knapp, playing and immediately asked him to join The Ataris. While Roe and Davenport joked that Peña would be upset over them "stealing" his band's drummer, Peña surprised them by showing up at their practice the next day, strapping on his guitar, and playing along. It turned out Peña had learned all the songs from Anywhere But Here. He joined the band as a second guitarist and the foursome went on their scheduled tour. However, Peña soon left the band due to personal reasons and was replaced by Patrick Riley. Year 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1997 Gregorian calendar). ... Anderson is a city in Madison County, Indiana, United States. ... Nickname: Location in Santa Barbara County and the state of California Coordinates: , County Santa Barbara Government  - Mayor Marty Blum Area  - City 111. ... Year 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1997 Gregorian calendar). ... Dance Hall Crashers are a ska turned pop punk band from Berkeley, California, that formed in 1988. ... Unwritten Law is an American rock band formed in 1990 in Poway, California (a suburb of San Diego) and currently recording for Abydos Records. ... Michael Davenport was born in 1968 in Orcutt, California, sometimes credited as Mike Davenport. ... Marco Pena was the guitarist for American rock band The Ataris from 1999-2001. ... Patrick Riley was the guitarist for American rock band The Ataris from 1997-1999. ...


From there, the band gradually increased in popularity in the underground rock scene, a lot due to their consistent touring and personal, DIY approach to the band. They then found more success with their EP Look Forward to Failure. However, it wasn't until the release of Blue Skies, Broken Hearts...Next 12 Exits in the year 1999 that they started to gain widespread acclaim. The album's name comes from the name of a mobile home park along Highway 101 in Santa Barbara. Also, "...next 12 exits" refers to a nearby sign on Highway 101 North that reads "Santa Barbara, Next 12 Exits". The album contained personal, storytelling lyrics and heartfelt tales of relationships, discovery and things once left behind. After this album, Riley left the band to go back to school, and Marco Peña re-joined the band. See also: DIY Network, a cable TV network. ... Look Forward To Failure was an EP (extended play) released on November 10, 1998 by The Ataris on Fat Wreck Chords record label. ... Blue Skies, Broken Hearts. ... Year 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar). ...


The band's third full length studio album, End is Forever, was released in 2001. This album painted more intensely personal side of the band's storytelling and personal relationships. Due to their persistent touring schedule, a lot of the arrangements and lyrics were worked out at the last minute while in the studio and then the vocals recorded while Kristopher had a bad cold. Roe maintains that he was not completely happy with half of the songs, although he went on to state that in spite of this, several of the songs such as "Fast Times at Dropout High" and "Road Signs and Rock Songs" were still to date some of the band's strongest of their earlier career. End Is Forever is the third full release on Kung-Fu Records by The Ataris in 2001. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ...


So Long, Astoria (2003-2005)

In 2002, the lineup changed again, with John Collura replacing Peña on guitar. Prior to this, Collura had played in his own band, Beefcake, who'd toured with The Ataris. He'd also done time on tour as a guitar tech for The Ataris just prior to Pena's departure. John Collura was born in 1972 in New York. ... Beefcake is often used to denote male sexual attractiveness stemming from physical build, but is also used by women and men interested in bodybuilding and weight training, while others consider unnaturally overdeveloped musculature unattractive. ...


During this same period, the Ataris' contract with Kung Fu Records expired, and the band chose to sign with Columbia Records. Later that year, they began recording their fourth full-length album and major label debut, So Long, Astoria, released on March 4, 2003. Columbia Records is the oldest brand name in recorded sound, dating back to 1888, and was the first record company to produce pre-recorded records as opposed to blank cylinders. ... so long, astoria is the fourth full-length album released by The Ataris on March 4, 2003. ... is the 63rd day of the year (64th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Produced by Lou Giordano, the album's production served as a stark contrast to any of the band's past releases. Where as previous efforts would be recorded in short time spans between tours, So Long, Astoria was known for it's polished tracks and recording process. Kris Roe by himself was known spend as long as 5-8 hours tracking individual guitar parts. Many of the rhythm tracks also underwent significant digital editing; a common-place practice for recordings of modern popular music. Lou Giordano is a record producer and recording engineer who worked at Radiobeat Studios and Fort Apache Studios. ... so long, astoria is the fourth full-length album released by The Ataris on March 4, 2003. ...


So Long, Astoria was widely credited (and by some, chastised) for introducing The Ataris to a larger mainstream audience and generating several successful singles, including "In This Diary" and "The Saddest Song." Musically, the album showcased very personal, encrypted and slightly more optimistic songwriting with a more refined, straight-forward rock sound, not unlike Jimmy Eat World. This album also included their cover of the Don Henley song "The Boys of Summer," which much to the dismay of the band became their "accidental" second single after a radio station in Southern California started playing it, even though the band had already chosen the song "My Reply" as their second single. The single is their highest charting single to date, reaching #20 on the Billboard Hot 100. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Donald Hugh Don Henley (born July 22, 1947 in Gilmer, Texas) is an American rock musician who is the drummer and one of the lead singers and songwriters of the band Eagles. ... The Boys of Summer is a song sung by Don Henley, written by him and Mike Campbell. ... The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ...


The band toured behind this record for most of 2003 and into early 2004. That year also saw the release of their acclaimed live album, [[Live At The Metro]], along with a spot on the Spiderman 2 soundtrack and an appearance at Hellfest. Though [[So Long, Astoria]] sold well in excess of 500,000 copies, the album itself was never certified Platinum. An image of Spider-Man from a poster of Spider-Man 2 Spider-Man 2 is the sequel to the popular 2002 film Spider-Man and was released in the U.S. on June 30, 2004. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


After a number personal, financial and artistic differences, this line-up decided to respectfully and creatively go its separate ways over the summer and fall of 2004. Davenport, interested in playing heavier music, became a founding member of the band Versus the World, while Knapp stopped playing music altogether and stayed in Santa Barbara. Details regarding the departures of Knapp and Davenport have been kept quiet for sometime, and neither camp has appeared interested in fueling any public debate or ill-will.


Looking for some time off, Kris headed back to Indiana while John moved back to New York; though the pair would later regroup to begin the recordings of the band's next album.


Welcome the Night (2005-present)

After some time off, Kristopher and John later moved forward and began writing songs that would become part of the follow-up to So Long, Astoria titled Welcome The Night. They held some informal practices with some friends from New York, who played in the band Park Ranger. These sessions led to three members of Park Ranger joining The Ataris: Sean Hansen on bass, Shane Chickeles on drums, and Paul Carabello on third guitar. To round out the lineup, they added longtime friends Bob Hoag, formerly of Pollen and The Go Reflex (which was managed by Roe), on piano and keyboards, and Angus Cooke on cello. Cooke played cello on past Ataris records, and helped with production as well. Starting in 2005, the band began recording Welcome the Night at Seedy Underbelly in California, with producer Nick Launay. Writing and recording eventually took the better part of two years and was extended to multiple studios. The album was routinely delayed by Columbia, and some wondered if it would be shelved by the label altogether. Welcome the Night is The Ataris fifth studio album and long delayed follow-up to the previous release So Long, Astoria. ... Sean Hansen is the bass player for American rock band The Ataris. ... Shane Chickeles is the drummer for American rock band The Ataris. ... Paul Carabello is the guitarist for the American band The Ataris. ... Bob Hoag is the pianist and keyboardist for American rock band The Ataris. ... Angus Cooke is the cellist for American rock band The Ataris. ...


On June 10, 2006, the band announced that it had left Columbia Records due to the label's internal disintegration. June 10 is the 161st day of the year (162nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays full 2006 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Columbia Records is the oldest brand name in recorded sound, dating back to 1888, and was the first record company to produce pre-recorded records as opposed to blank cylinders. ...


In November 2006, The Ataris started their own label, Isola Recordings, through Sanctuary Records and RED Distribution, and simultaneously announced the official release date of their new album "Welcome the Night" as February 20th, 2007. Following the release of Welcome the Night, the band embarked on a tour of the United States and Europe. The band is touring as a five-piece, with Bob Hoag and Angus Cooke only playing select shows. This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


Welcome the Night debuted at number 85 on Billboard with over 10,000 copies sold.


World of Warcraft Music Video Contest

On May 1st 2007, machinima.com announced that they would be holding a World of Warcraft music video contest using 3 of The Ataris songs from their new album, Welcome the Night. "Not Capable of Love", "Connections are More Dangerous Than Lies" and "The Cheyenne Line" are the songs that were used. More information about that contest can be found Here Machinima. ... World of Warcraft (commonly abbreviated as WoW) is a massive multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) developed by Blizzard Entertainment and is the fourth game in the Warcraft series, excluding expansion packs and the cancelled Warcraft Adventures: Lord of the Clans. ...


Band Members

Current

* Only play select shows This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... John Collura was born in 1972 in New York. ... Paul Carabello is the guitarist for the American band The Ataris. ... Sean Hansen is the bass player for American rock band The Ataris. ... Shane Chickeles is the drummer for American rock band The Ataris. ... Angus Cooke is the cellist for American rock band The Ataris. ... Bob Hoag is the pianist and keyboardist for American rock band The Ataris. ...


Previous

Jasin Thomason was the guitarist for American rock band The Ataris on their first record, Anywhere But Here. ... Derrick Plourde was an influential drummer. ... Patrick Riley was the guitarist for American rock band The Ataris from 1997-1999. ... Marco Pena was the guitarist for American rock band The Ataris from 1999-2001. ... Michael Davenport was born in 1968 in Orcutt, California, sometimes credited as Mike Davenport. ... Christopher Knapp was born in 1978 in California. ...

Discography

Albums

Album Record Label Release Date
Anywhere But Here Kung Fu Records (1997 / Reissused in 2002)
Blue Skies, Broken Hearts...Next 12 Exits Kung Fu Records (1999)
End Is Forever Kung Fu Records (2001)
So Long, Astoria Columbia Records (2003)
Welcome the Night Sanctuary Records (2007)

Anywhere But Here Anywhere But Here is The Ataris first album. ... Kung Fu Records is an American music label. ... Blue Skies, Broken Hearts. ... Kung Fu Records is an American music label. ... End Is Forever is the third full release on Kung-Fu Records by The Ataris in 2001. ... Kung Fu Records is an American music label. ... so long, astoria is the fourth full-length album released by The Ataris on March 4, 2003. ... Columbia Records is the oldest brand name in recorded sound, dating back to 1888, and was the first record company to produce pre-recorded records as opposed to blank cylinders. ... Welcome the Night is The Ataris fifth studio album and long delayed follow-up to the previous release So Long, Astoria. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...

EPs

Album Record Label Release Date
Look Forward to Failure Fat Wreck Chords (1998)
All You Can Ever Learn Is What You Already Know Kung Fu Records (2002)

Look Forward To Failure was an EP (extended play) released on November 10, 1998 by The Ataris on Fat Wreck Chords record label. ... Fat Wreck Chords is a San Francisco, California based independent record label, focused on punk rock, which was started by Fat Mike the lead singer and bassist of the punk rock band NOFX and his wife Erin, in 1990. ... All You Can Ever Learn Is What You Already Know is an Australian-only EP released by The Ataris on Kung Fu Records. ... Kung Fu Records is an American music label. ...

Split Albums

Album Record Label Release Date
Hawaii 1985 Split with Junglefish (7 inch demos) Square Root Records/Down on Haley Records (re-release) (1996)
Let It Burn (split with Useless ID) Kung Fu Records (2000)

The Ataris/Junglefish split 7 inch was a release of early demos by the bands The Ataris and Junglefish. ... Let it Burn is a split EP release on Kung Fu Records by The Ataris and Useless ID. Categories: ... Useless ID is a four-piece pop punk band hailing from Haifa, Israel. ... Kung Fu Records is an American music label. ...

Live

Album Record Label Release Date
Live at the Metro Columbia Records (2004)

Live At The Metro is a live album released by American rock band The Ataris in 2004. ... Columbia Records is the oldest brand name in recorded sound, dating back to 1888, and was the first record company to produce pre-recorded records as opposed to blank cylinders. ...

DVDs

Live At Capitol Milling is a live DVD released by The Ataris in 2003. ...

Songs on Compilations

  • The Night The Lights Went Out In NYC - (from the Spiderman 2 soundtrack)
  • Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis - (Tom Waits cover from KROQ's Weenie Roast 2003)
  • The Radio Still Sucks - (from Short Music for Short People - a different version was used in a commercial for iTunes)
  • Looking Back on Today (acoustic)- (Appeared on Warped Tour 2001 compilation)
  • Eight of Nine (acoustic)- (Appeared on "Punk Goes Acoustic")
  • Heaven is Falling - (Bad Religion anti-war protest track from Rock Against Bush: Vol 1)
  • Carnage - (ALL cover from the Warped Tour 2004 compilation)
  • Pretty Pathetic - (Smoking Popes cover from the Smoking Popes Tribute)
  • Let it Burn - (B-Sides compilation ) (Kung Fu Records 2002)
  • I'll Remember You -Skid Row cover on the "Metal Rules!" compilation
  • On With the Show - (Mötley Crüe cover)
  • Rock and Roll High School - (Appeared on the bonus disk for "A Tribute to the Ramones")
  • Butterfly - (Appeared on "Rock Music: A Tribute to Weezer")
  • Science Fiction/Double Feature (reprise) -(Appeared on "Rocky Horror Punk Rock Show")

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B-Sides

  • Welcome the Night- (Welcome the Night b-side that was released on the Not Capable of Love single)
  • A Beautiful Mistake - (Released as a B-side. This song was originally intended to be on So Long, Astoria but was removed at the last minute.)
  • The Driftwood Sinn - (Welcome the Night b-side)
  • The Ghost of Last December - (Welcome the Night b-side)
  • The First Elegy - (Welcome the Night b-side)
  • Sonnet For the Early Departed - (Welcome the Night b-side)
  • A Second Dictum - (Welcome the Night b-side)
  • Oh Kansas City - (Welcome the Night b-side)
  • Anderson - (Anywhere But Here b-side, appeared on the Anywhere But Here re-release)
  • Going Back to Madeira - (Unreleased Anywhere But Here b-side)
  • Blue Skies, Broken Hearts...Next 12 Exits - (Blue Skies, Broken Hearts...Next 12 Exits b-side, appeared on Let it Burn)
  • That Special Girl - (Blue Skies, Broken Hearts...Next 12 Exits b-side, appeared on Look Forward To Failure)
  • Teenager of the Year - (Lo-Tel cover, appeared on Australian-only tour EP)

Let it Burn is a split EP release on Kung Fu Records by The Ataris and Useless ID. Categories: ... Look Forward To Failure was an EP (extended play) released on November 10, 1998 by The Ataris on Fat Wreck Chords record label. ...

External links

  • Welcome The Night Album Review on OUTLOUD.com

Official sites

  • The Ataris official website
  • The Ataris official MySpace page
  • Kristopher Roe's art photography page
The Ataris
Kristopher Roe | John Collura | Paul Carabello | Angus Cooke | Bob Hoag | Sean Hansen | Shane Chickeles
Previous members
Jasin Thomason | Marko 72 | Derrick Plourde | Patrick Riley | Marco Peña | Mike Davenport | Chris Knapp
Discography
Studio albums and EPs: Anywhere but Here | Look Forward to Failure | Blue Skies, Broken Hearts...Next 12 Exits | Let It Burn | End Is Forever | All You Can Ever Learn Is What You Already Know | So Long, Astoria | Welcome the Night
Live albums: Live at the Metro
Singles: "San Dimas High School Football Rules" | "Teenage Riot" | "Summer Wind Was Always Our Song" | "In This Diary" | "The Boys of Summer" | "The Saddest Song"
DVDs: Live at Capitol Milling
Record labels
Columbia Records | Kung Fu Records | Fat Wreck Chords

 
 

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