The Ataris
All Soul's Day & The Graveyard of the Atlantic


4.0
excellent

Review

by Aaron Arneson CONTRIBUTOR (109 Reviews)
January 31st, 2013 | 25 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: What happened to those dreams we had when we were young?

To say The Ataris’ career has been bumpy would be an understatement. Whether it’s the constant line-up changes or the band’s change in sound on their last two albums, the band’s hard work just never seems to pay off. However, if the band’s last digital EP is a sign of things to come then The Ataris may be brewing up something special for their next full length album. Although it’s already been over two years since these songs were released, they are a beacon of home for anybody who has ever called themselves a fan of The Ataris.

The first track ‘All Soul’s Day’ is one of the most impressive songs Kris Roe has written in years. Like many Ataris’ songs it manages to be highly upbeat in spite of its painfully honest lyrics. At its core, the song is about a broken marriage and you can hear the emotion in his voice as he shouts I Wish I could turn around, erase our lives take back those vows. I guess it’s not that easy now. I’d tear that ***ing chapel to the ground. These dark lyrics are immediately followed by a surprisingly upbeat chorus making it an honest and addicting song. Instrumentally the song is nothing out of the ordinary, but it’s undeniably catchy and Roe’s strong vocal performance brings it to life.

The Next track on the EP is ‘The Graveyard of the Atlantic’ which is also tentatively the name of their next album. It’s not nearly as immediate as ‘All Souls Day’ as it’s slower paced, but the lyrics are another home run. The song is about reflecting on life and your dreams and essentially following those dreams at any cost. It’s an encouraging ballad that’s likely to connect with anybody who has ever had doubts about their life.

Tonight, the echoes of our lives are calling out don’t surrender, don’t surrender

For those who haven’t heard The Ataris’ or even those who have been wondering what happened to them, this EP does a great job of displaying Kris Roe’s talent as a musician. He’s been the one constant force throughout the band’s existence and his vocals in these songs are filled with a level of aggression and confidence that’s been missing from the band for years. Roe also proves he can still write deep and meaningful lyrics. The song structures themselves might be simple, but they’re full of emotion and honesty making them a great addition to the band’s catalogue as well as an exciting preview of what’s to come for The Ataris.



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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
January 31st 2013


19749 Comments


*NOTE* this was actually released in 2010. also not sure what happeend to the artwork so bear with me.

PLEASE just give these 2 songs a chance. I'll post a stream after work but I believe these songs are on band camp as well as youtube

'All Soul's Day'

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKqgiWB9BeI


'Graveyard of the Atlantic'

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPy-68Xh5EA


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YoYoMancuso
January 31st 2013


11080 Comments


nice review as usual my friend.

YankeeDudel
January 31st 2013


9313 Comments


just a terrible terrible band with a terrible name

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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
January 31st 2013


19749 Comments


thanks jack. it's nothing special i just wanted to review these 2 songs to get the band more attention but i appreciate it!



Calc
January 31st 2013


12185 Comments


hmmm should I though?

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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
January 31st 2013


19749 Comments


yes it's just 2 songs come on man lol start with 'all souls day' cause it's more catchy.

Calc
January 31st 2013


12185 Comments


k once u post links, ima make some din din

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
January 31st 2013


19749 Comments


lazy bastard lol i'll post them after work in like an hour

ConcubinaryCode
January 31st 2013


2071 Comments


Your username makes sense to me now

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
January 31st 2013


19749 Comments


yeah they're my favorite band from when i was a teenager. also love nintendo and atari system though

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
January 31st 2013


7996 Comments


doooooooo youuuu remember when you were young and your wanted to set the world on fiiiiirrrreeeee

Athom
Staff Reviewer
January 31st 2013


17213 Comments


There's an acoustic video of Graveyard of the Atlantic on youtube that's the best thing ever


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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
January 31st 2013


19749 Comments


@redskyformiles,

sweet man you should post it if you don't mind. also whoah! somebody cares about this band!

Athom
Staff Reviewer
January 31st 2013


17213 Comments


here you go dude.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXWYsHWoA_M

I love the Ataris. I've seen them dozens of times over the last 12 or so years. Kris still puts on a good show, throwing drums be damned.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
January 31st 2013


19749 Comments


thanks i appreciate the link.

glad i'm not the only one that cares about this band. if the other songs on the new album sound anything like this I will be sooo stoked.

CaptainDooRight
January 31st 2013


29131 Comments


pos cuz i luv u

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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
January 31st 2013


19749 Comments


Cheers captain

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
January 31st 2013


4424 Comments


pos cuz i luv u [2]
And the review is great.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
January 31st 2013


19749 Comments


Thanks as always Paperback. I know this isn't really your kind of music but the EP is 10 minutes total if u wanna check it out ;)

Ecnalzen
February 1st 2013


6531 Comments


His vocals sound better than I remember. Granted, I haven't listened to them since In This Diary came out, which may have something to do with it.

Also: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCbEWssr1Kk



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