Record Store Day

by The Ataris

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Gary Roberts
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Gary Roberts fabulous. . . . an honest record as always from a straight up decent guy / band. long may they continue to put this sort of sincerity out there Favorite track: A City of Forgotten Words.
Mark Moore
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Mark Moore The Ataris, doing what they do best. Heartfelt punk rock, that means something. Come back to the UK again soon! Favorite track: I.O.U. One Galaxy (Demo).
christina sindayen
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christina sindayen Driving in my car with this song as loud as my worn and abused Jeep speakers will go. I can't get the damn grin off my face....
this album feels like it completed some part of me and was always wanting something more... Favorite track: Oh, Kansas City.
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mitchattitude Ah, an Ataris compilation with new tracks you say? I don't mind if I do! Favorite track: I.O.U. One Galaxy (Demo).
Richard Nelson
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Richard Nelson oh man... what a great surprise to wake up to... thanks so much for this release!
the iou demo... wow... too much!

oh shit the outro in fast times... similar to the shimmery breakdown you guys are doing live recently... love it!

kris, are you in az? if yes do you ever do any open mic sets or anything? i was at your rhythm room show... sure would like to see something like that again... Favorite track: 12.15.10.
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This is a collection of new songs, demos, b-sides, instrumental tracks and one live song comprised for Record Store Day 2015.

These songs are available exclusively from our Bandcamp page.

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released April 18, 2015

All songs written by Kristopher Roe except:
"Soul and Fire" by: Lou Barlow (Sebadoh)
"From a Tower" by: Blake Schwarzenbach (Thorns of Life)
"I Love How You Love Me" by: Phil Spector (Paris Sisters)

Photography: Kristopher Roe

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Founded in 1996.
Twenty years later still going strong, traveling the world doing what we love. On our own terms.

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Track Name: A City of Forgotten Words
I guess this is the season
when all things must die,
where sadness and beauty will collide.
The autumn leaves fall
And the embers will rise
Reborn in the stillness of the night.

The light danced off the water
Like a city of forgotten words
Cascading beneath the surface
Or merely drowning in this earth
Track Name: 12.15.10
"12.15.10" - Lyrics and Music: Kristopher Roe

We leave the television blaring,
To create the illusion,
That our lives are not vacant.
But still our hearts are so shattered.

We are all speeding
With no destination.
An imaginary prize,
until we sadly falter.

Hollow children, sputtering out
From birth until failure
We march on forever.

We are only as strong as the mark we left behind.

It was a cold, cold day in December
Your hands were folded,
Your heart was silent.
What was this boy to do?
How could I possibly stay here without you?

You were a young soul waiting for heaven,
And heaven had finally come for you.
I know this much is true;
There will never be another one like you.

Hollow children, sputtering out
From birth until failure
We march on forever.

We are only as strong as the mark we left...

God, are you really listening?
If this is only a test,
This is only a test.
I feel like I'm failing.

God, are you really listening?
If this is only a test,
this is only a test.
I feel like I'm failing...
Failing you!

(With Love... for my Great Grandmother, Gladys Sanders)
Track Name: Fast Times at Dropout High
"Fast Times at Dropout High" - Lyrics and Music: Kristopher Roe

Alone at last, just Nostalgia and I.
We were sure to have a blast.
For you it was just another Sunday,
In a small Indiana town.

I went by the place where you and I
wrote our names in wet cement.
And for a moment remembered how it felt
to have no one understand.
That there's this dream and they're not part of it.
How soon we do forget.

The house was gone but the piano lingers on,
and so does the fire that burned it to the ground.
You can take away all of my rights to see the day,
but you can't take away my love for the day!

Then there's that time that you took me aside
and said I was not your only son.
Childhood is so fucked up!
I never had any closer friends
than the ones I had when I was young.
Alone again, just you and I
Nostalgia wave goodbye.
I think it's time for me to go.
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Track Name: All Souls' Day
"All Souls' Day" - Lyrics and Music: Kristopher Roe

You said you wanted to be loved,
I think you wanted to be saved.
But tell me how am I supposed to save a girl like you
When I don't even know how to save myself.

Wish I could just forget,
The double lives, the awkwardness,
A union scarred by bitterness,
A house was built on top of our regrets.

There we were in California,
Two tarnished golden hearts.
Were we ever really together,
Or just afraid of being apart?

Wish I could drive all night,
Wake up in the harsh day light.
In a different town, start a brand new life,
And never have to see your face again!

I wonder if this spell we're under
Will ever be broken?
I wonder if this spell we're under
Is ever going to end?!

I guess there's never any closure,
Just that last look in our eyes.
You said you hope that I'm happy now,
When we both know,
Like everything that's one big fucking lie.

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 fucking chapel to the ground!

I wonder if the spell we're under
Will ever be broken
I wonder if this spell we're under
Is ever going to end?!

Today I woke up
And these leaves had all withered,
Faded and fell to the ground.
Like our tired hearts.

I wonder if the spell we're under
Will ever be broken
I wonder if this spell we're under
Is ever going to end.
Track Name: The Graveyard of the Atlantic
"The Graveyard of The Atlantic" Lyrics and Music - Kristopher Roe

The Chesapeake below these fumbled hands and nervous smiles.
We medicate and stumble to find the courage to talk aloud.
In the streetlight silhouette these neon halos shines so bright.
While the radio cried "Young Hearts be Free Tonight!"

So tell me how'd we end here?
We all want to feel something even if it’s only for a moment.
Tell me what happened to our dreams we had when we were young?
We’re never looking back.

Tonight, these echoes of our lives
Are calling out don’t surrender, don’t surrender.
Tonight, these jukebox 45s
Are calling out don’t surrender, don’t surrender.

Well, I am just a bit part in this movie of your life
While the night brigade roll on out on highway 95.
We’re carving out our lives on these counterfeit guitars,
While the ghosts of our past ring down the boulevard.

So tell me, how'd we end here?
We all want to feel something, If it’s only for a moment.
Tell me, what happened to our dreams we had when we were young?
We’re never looking back now.

Tonight, these echoes of our lives
Are calling out don’t surrender, don’t surrender.
Tonight, sad songs and whiskey nights
Are calling out don’t surrender, don’t surrender.

We grew up chasing sunsets, now we both just shut our eyes.
We were young and oh so bold, and torn apart by county lines

Tonight, these echoes of our lives
Are calling out don’t surrender, don’t surrender.
Tonight, from the basements and the dives
We’re calling out don’t surrender, don’t surrender.
Track Name: Oh, Kansas City
And there was a bird, with feathers bright and red as blood,
at least that's what you saw.
I saw an angel, on the whitest November's morning.
Track Name: Soul and Fire
Written by: Lou Barlow
Originally appears on the Sebadoh album "Bubble and Scrape"
Go buy that album.
Lou also plays bass in Dinosaur Jr.
Go buy their album "Bug"
Track Name: I Love How You Love Me
Written by: Phil Spector
Originally recorded by the Paris Sisters

Phil Spector is a genius. He recorded so many amazing albums... the Ronettes, John Lennon, George Harrison, Ramones... etc.

Brian Wilson idolized Phil Spector and his "Wall of Sound" production which was fairly evident on the Beach Boys album "Pet Sounds"

Also if you aren't familiar with the story of Phil waving a gun at Dee Dee Ramone during the recording sessions for "End of the Century" you should do yourself a favor and go look it up. Ha. You're in for a treat!

Or there's always this... Ha.
http://oldies.about.com/od/oldieshistory/a/weirdspector.htm
Track Name: Hang Your Head in Hope (Köln, Germany 23.04)
Tonight the city belongs to us
Cold weeping gray and silent

Deserted beauty untouched
By the sun

The golden rays fill the cracks in the pavement

Your eyes poison the well of my heart

Let the predawn light set these autumn leaves afire

Illuminate the smokestacks,
This rusted creaking bridge,
And these penny plated spires.

Goodnight to the sad and lonely liars.

These secret names,
Full of loveless and warmth at the same time.

Our shadows dream on this old carousel
There's sand in our eyes
And a kiss that forever remains
Under the beams of this decayed blacked beams of this pier.
Track Name: Your Boyfriend Sucks (Bristol, England 07.04)
On this particular recording The Ataris are:

Kristopher Roe - Guitar and Vocals
Bryan Nelson - Bass
Thomas Holst - Guitar
Erik Perkins - Drums