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- Me, Myself, and I
- By August 2004, Kristopher Roe, frontman for the Ataris, had had enough. After spending 18 months on the road with practically no break, he was sick of touring, aggravated with his band mates and pained by the bitter end of a six-year relationship. He was also completely disillusioned with the kind of music the band was playing. In other words, he needed a break. So, the Ataris took some time off, and Roe spent months reading, writing and searching for meaning in his life.
With Welcome the Night, The Ataris have not only reinvented themselves, they’ve also rediscovered the transcendent power of music, incorporating their love for ‘90s alt-rock, psychedelic Brit rock and indie rock into a single, coherent expression. Whether it’s the propulsive rhythm and ringing guitar layers of “New Year’s Day,” the beautifully dreary cello swells, tremolo-laden guitars and mournful vocals of “Secret Handshakes” or the echoing guitars and hollow handclaps of “Connections Are More Dangerous than Lies,” The Ataris have funneled their passion, heartache and heady contemplation into multifaceted tunes that leave marks. Relish the Night because daylight is far away.