Kris Roe of The Ataris
Pop-punk band The Ataris are coming to East Tennessee for a performance Friday night at The Well in Bearden, and we caught up with front man Kris Roe to talk about it. The story will be out in the Sept. 27 edition of The Daily Times Weekend section, and during our interview, he discussed the long-awaited Ataris full-length, “The Graveyard of the Atlantic.” It’s been in the works for roughly five years now, and fans have been waiting for it with anticipation, only to find out it’s still a work in progress.
That’s still the case, Roe told us, but hopefully for now much longer. Right now, the focus is on getting new music out to fans before the end of the year and releasing “Graveyard of the Atlantic” in 2013.
“We’ve recorded about 20 songs for that, and there will be about 12 or 13 on the actual record; maybe we’ll release the rest on vinyl,” Roe said. “We’ve got a bunch of vocals left to do, but we’ll get it out next year. We are planning to release some new music before the end of the year — 12 songs — on our Bandcamp page, and maybe do a short run of vinyl of old tunes and stray songs.
“And we recorded a couple of our live sets on our last tour. We’re putting them out as a donation-only live set on our Bandcamp. That way, the people coming out to any of the remaining shows on this tour know what to expect live from The Ataris today.”
Friday night’s show also includes Red City Radio, Flatfoot 56 and The Last Crusade; tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Check out The Ataris on Bandcamp here.