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The Ataris


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Anderson IN, United States (1995 – present)

The Ataris are a band from Anderson, Indiana formed in 1995. The band originally consisted of singer/songwriter/guitarist Kris Roe and guitarist Jasin Thomason. Using a 4-Track, they wrote and recorded demos in Kris’s bedroom, with a drum machine as the drummer. At this point in time the band was searching for a full-time drummer. The first step in their road to success came when Kris attended a The Vandals concert at Bogart’s in Cincinnati, where he passed one of the demo tapes to The Vandals’ roadie Fitz. A few weeks later, Kris received a call from Kung Fu Records, who told him they were interested in putting out their record. Though they were initially just searching for a drummer, the band signed to Kung Fu Records anyway. The label sent the tape to various drummers, and eventually the band settled on Derrick Plourde. The band then proceeded to record their debut album “Anywhere but Here”, tracking the whole thing in less than a week. In June of 1997, Kris moved from Anderson to Santa Barbara, California. Shortly afterward, Marko 72 joined the band on bass. Jasin Thomason left the band to go back to Indiana, and the group toured as a three-piece from then on. After a short tour in October 1997, the original lineup disbanded. Kris reformed the group with Mike Davenport on bass, Chris Knapp on drums, and Patrick Riley on guitar. From there, they gradually increased in popularity in the underground scene, producing the well-acclaimed EP, “Look Forward To Failure”, where they collaborated with blink-182’s Mark Hoppus on one of the tracks.


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  • inertiamissil

    вечно молодой - вечно пьяный

    10 Apr 7:19pm Reply
  • TheGrizzlyBare

    So disappointing that the #1 most played ataris song by almost 1000 plays isnt even an ataris song.

    27 Jan 2:12pm Reply
  • -Trail-

    Wow their charts are so messed up. Does anybody actually listen to this band beyond that one cover?

    16 Dec 2014 Reply
  • mdharris27

    The Boys Of Summer!!

    22 Nov 2014 Reply
  • knight_88

    Man, 'So Long, Astoria' brings me so much nostalgia!

    6 Jul 2014 Reply
  • jayme_mars

    seeing these soon :-)

    2 May 2014 Reply
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    21 Mar 2014 Reply
  • Lost_Souls_UK

    Listening to So Long Astoria and thinking of Boys Of Summer... Cheating?

    16 Feb 2014 Reply
  • SupahShadow

    gotta love how they never tour most of the Southeast

    13 Feb 2014 Reply
  • nobledeath

    The music when we were young in high school.

    3 Dec 2013 Reply
  • meilkisirait

    kris roe is my hero in music, i always learn from all of his lyrics

    1 Nov 2013 Reply
  • BorgesGui

    So Long, Astoria <3

    29 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Renton0815

    end is forever is soooo much better than so long astoria.

    27 Jul 2013 Reply
  • nik_k

    what about new album guys?

    20 Jul 2013 Reply
  • PauloPatricioo

    Welcome the Night is perfect! I love!

    5 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Luket7

    i loved Welcome the Night too, everything Kris writes is pure genius

    29 May 2013 Reply
  • ellthom

    am I the only one who actually liked Welcome tot he Night?

    15 May 2013 Reply
  • -Trail-

    @porchluck, heyitsnem, BECAUSE it's a cover of a song originally recorded by a much more popular artist. The song itself probably sold more copies than the Ataris' whole back catalogue did.

    10 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Frapu13

    Hi! We are My Last Words. A Pop punk / Hardcore band from Valencia (Spain) And you can hear our brand new Ep here: Hope you like it! :D

    22 Jan 2013 Reply
  • HeyItsNem

    I don't understand why The Boys of Summer is #1 and by almost 10,000 listens too.

    12 Jan 2013 Reply
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