The Ataris story reads like a punk-rock fairy tale: teenager lives in boring mid-western town (Anderson, Indiana); goes to a Vandals show and gives the band a tape; weeks later gets a call from Vandals bassist (and owner of Kung Fu Records) Joe Escalante asking him to record for his label; moves to California and puts band together with drummer Derrick Plourde (ex-Lagwagon); makes record "Anywhere But Here" (produced by Vandals' guitarist, Warren Fitzgerald); gets invited to tour with some of his favorite bands (see below); puts together solid new line-up; becomes Fat Mike's (NOFX) favorite new band, who then releases their EP, "Look Forward to Failure" (Fat Wreck Chords), produced by members of the Descendents. The saga continues with "Blue Skies, Broken Hearts...Next 12 Exits" (produced by Lagwagon singer/producer, Joey Cape), for Kung Fu Records, which sold an average of over 600 copies per week worldwide since its April 1999 release.
Some bands The Ataris have toured with include: MxPx, Blink 182, NOFX, Social Distortion, Zebrahead, Good Riddance, Unwritten Law, No Use For A Name, Lagwagon, The Vandals, Dance Hall Crashers, Nerf Herder, Fenix TX, and Madd Caddies + SO MUCH MORE. They have definitely secured their branch on the punk rock family tree!
After a highly successful solo tour earlier in the year, Kris Roe and his boys have decided that it is time to bring the full band back to Australia for the first time since 2003. THE ATARIS will be hitting our shores this October.
|23.10.09||The Hi-Fi Melbourne||VIC|
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