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DS Photo Gallery: Smoking Popes with The Ataris and Donaher from Once Ballroom in Somerville, MA

For the first time since the release of last year’s Into The Agony, the Smoking Popes made their way to Boston – well, Somerville really – last Monday night, setting up shop at the unique, 300-capacity former function hall that is Once Ballroom for the evening. With support from the run of shows coming from The Ataris and with locals Donaher getting the early-arriving crowd engaged, it was an evening that evoked all the best of the power-pop glory days of an earlier decade.

Hailing from the great State of New Hampshire – yours truly’s birthplace – Donaher are a four piece band that sadly I’d not seen before. They might be on the newer side – the band’s debut album, I Swear My Love Is True, was released in late 2017 on Dodgeball Records – but their sound is classic: catchy, melodic power-pop songs of love and heartbreak. It’s like if This Year’s Model-era  Elvis Costello and Road To Ruin-era Ramones had a kid, and that kid grew up on a steady diet of the Lemonheads and Mr. T Experience. Is that specific enough a reference? We think so; check out their sound for yourself right here.

The Ataris, who’re essentially the Kris Roe Travelling All-Stars at this point, were up next, assuming the primary support role on the duration of this run. The benefit of that approach is that Roe can assemble a dynamite backing lineup, which at this time consists of Mike Doherty on guitar, Montreal music scene vet Danny LaFlamme on bass and Dustin Phillips on drums. The band powered through all the hits, with Roe taking on a few tracks solo in the process. His guitar playing has often gone underrated, and trends toward being more ethereal and experimental than his pop-punk pedigree would imply, although his near-constant switching on and off of various loops and pedals was a tad mind-numbing at times. The crowd, while not quite at capacity, was still noticeably vocal and engaged throughout The Ataris’ set (prompting Popes’ frontman Josh Caterer to remark with a smile during his own band’s set that “I know you’re all here to see The Ataris, but thanks for sticking around”). Also, they played under a static red LED light, which is waaaaay over the head of yours truly’s photo taking and editing skills, thus the relative few shots in the gallery below.

Still touring in support of their seventh studio album, last year’s phenomenal Into The Agony, Chicago’s Smoking Popes plowed through a seventy-five-ish minute headline set that spanned the course of their two decade career. Into The Agony, as most of you should know, marked the return of drummer Mike Felumlee to the fold for the first time since 1997’s Destination Failure, and his presence behind the kit has been a noteworthy shot in the arm. The Popes’ lineup was a little altered on this run – Felumlee’s The Bigger Empty bandmate Reuben Baird is filling in for Mike Caterer on bass – but seeing and hearing Felumlee manning the kit behind the remaining brothers Caterer just seems right. I’ve seen the Popes a handful of times over the last couple of years, and this might have been the tightest, most energetic set yet. Whether it was on newer favorites like “Summer Down” or “Amanda My Love,” or classic staples like “Rubella” and “I Know You Love Me,” the band sound as fresh and vital as ever. Josh Caterer’s dulcet crooning has probably been the most well-known individual instrument over the course of the Popes’ career, but make no mistake about it: Josh and Eli Caterer are dual guitar heavyweights. As a wannabe guitar dork, it fills me with great joy to watch the two trade licks on the former’s gorgeous Fender Coronado and the latter’s even more gorgeous Strack Woodworking Jazzmaster clone.

Head below to see the full photo gallery from this night.

 



MxPx cover The Ataris classic ‘San Dimas High School Football Rules’

MxPx have released a cover of The Ataris trademark song ‘San Dimas High School Football Rules’.

“After 17 years of marriage, I found out that this my wife’s favourite song, so we had some fun,” says MxPx frontman Mike Herrera.

This version is great fun, with Mike enunciating some of the words slightly differently and they drop the chugging guitar for the first part of the second verse mixing it up a bit.

Check out the video below.



DS Photo Gallery: Bad Cop/Bad Cop, Barb Wire Dolls and The Ataris at Vans Warped Tour in Mansfield

There are a lot of descriptors you can use to help quantify the experience that is the Vans Warped Tour circa 2017, but perhaps the most accurate — and non-judgmental — is “total sensory overload.” Now in its 23rd year and counting, the annual touring punk rock summer camp has morphed into a monster: ten hours and seven stages spread across numerous acres playing host to seventy-ish hard and loud and fast bands, each with their own brightly colored merchandise tent selling the entire gamut of logo-adorned paraphernalia (t-shirts and hats and shoes and belt buckles and skateboard decks and flags and rubber ducks and on and on and on), and that’s before you factor in the food vendors and the independent merchandise vendors and the gigantic Slip ‘N Slide. All of the above is also before you account for the weather, which typically qualifies as hot and steamy but on occasions like last week in Mansfield, Massachusetts, consisted of rain that was certifiably torrential.

The rains came early and often with the sky opening up almost exactly as the gates to the Xfinity Centre  amphitheater grounds did the same. Thunder and lightening made repeat appearances as well, causing a few temporary shutdowns in the action, pushing set times back for most of the day. While bottled water is typically one of the most sought-after commodities at Warped Tour stops, on this particular day it was $5 plastic rain ponchos, though any expectation that they were going to keep their users completely dry was obviously a mistake. Still, it was something, especially if you weren’t one of the masses lucky enough to be in attendance primarily for bands playing under the covered portion of the venue and were relegated to the side stages in the parking lot areas. As you can probably surmise from this discussion, we were there for the parking lot stages.

Having focused on some of the older school bands last weekend in Hartford, we turned our attention elsewhere during the deluge in Mansfield, namely to Bad Cop/Bad Cop. We had missed the Fat Wreck Chords foursome at the Connecticut stop due to the timing of their pre-noontime set, so we made it a point to be present this time. The band filled their eight-song set with tracks from their two full-length albums (2015’s Not Sorry and last month’s stellar Warriors) and played with such a blistering pace that they were able to squeeze a ninth song (“Asshole,” from their 2014 Boss Lady EP) into their scheduled twenty-five-minute set. Say what you will about the concept of divine intervention, but clearly something was at play, as shortly after the band took the stage, the rain not only stopped, but the sky cleared up enough to allow the sun to make a welcome appearance that lasted, all told, about an hour, a welcome mid-afternoon respite for sure.

The weather conditions made photography more than a little bit of a difficult proposition for our lowly-trained camera jockey (read as: me). Still, after having just kinda given in to the rain at one point, we were able to catch all or part of super enjoyable sets from Alestorm (a pirate-themed enjoyably gimmicky schtick band), the mighty Valient Thorr, Municipal Waste, Sonic Boom Six and The White Noise. We also shot…and maybe fell in love with…five-piece Greek rock and roll band Barb Wire Dolls. Frontwoman Isis Queen is one of the more enigmatic, quintessentially “rock star” performers we caught during our two Warped Tour stops, with a five-piece band (rounded out by bassist Iriel Blaque, Pyn Doll and Remmington on guitar and Krash Doll on drums) that remained especially tight and high energy in spite of the conditions.

We also caught a spirited set by The Ataris. We’ll be honest; aside from founding frontman Kris Roe, we can’t honestly say we know who’s actually, officially, in The Ataris at this point in 2017. They’ve sorta become Goldfinger or the touring version of MxPx in that regard. But they’re good; they’re real good. The band’s set, particularly tracks like “Your Boyfriend” and, of course, their set-closing cover of “The Boys of Summer” was well received by the soggy masses, and Roe and company promised to play a much longer, higher energy set when they return to the area with The Queers later this summer.

Check out our full photo gallery below.



The Ataris streaming compilation album “Silver Turns to Rust”

The Ataris have released a new compilation album through their bandcamp page. It’s called Silver Turns to Rust, and it features four tracks from the band’s upcoming LP The Graveyard of the Atlantic, songs from their latest EP, and demos of two new tracks.

You can give the 12-song compilation a listen below.

The Graveyard of the Atlantic will be The Ataris’ first studio album since 2007’s Welcome the Night. The record’s release date is still unknown, but as always we’ll keep you posted.



Slam Dunk Festival adds bands to 2017 lineup

Another round of bands have been added to the lineup for the 2017 edition of the UK’s Slam Dunk Festival. New additions include Zebrahead, The Ataris, and Fenix TX.

The festival runs from May 27-29th, and also features previously announced bands like Less Than Jake, Reel Big Fish, Goldfinger, and Mad Caddies.

For more info and tickets, head over to the Slam Dunk Festival website.



The Queers announce US fall tour

The Queers have announced a lengthy fall tour of the east coast and Midwest. Select shows will also feature The Ataris and The Dickies. All of the dates and locations can be found below.

The band last released a re-recording of Beyond the Valley… and they have plans to do the same with Punk Rock Confidential. Their latest album Back to the Basement came out in 2010.



The Ataris stream new EP in its entirety, announce tour dates

Southern California pop punk veterans The Ataris are streaming their brand new EP October in This Railroad, which was released yesterday, in its entirety. You check that out below, along with the dates for their upcoming U.S. tour, which will feature some support from Unwritten Law and The Maxies.

The Ataris are reportedly still working on their long-awaited new album The Graveyard of the Atlantic, which will be their first since 2007’s Welcome the Night. It is not known when it will be released, but we’ll keep you posted as more details come to light.



The Ataris announce “So Long, Blue Skies” Australian tour

Southern California pop punk veterans The Ataris have announced a five-date Australian tour, where they will play songs from their 1999 classic Blue Skies, Broken Hearts…Next 12 Exits and 2003 album So Long Astoria. The dates and locations are in the picture above, and ticket details are available here.

The Ataris have reportedly been finishing up their long-awaited new album The Graveyard of the Atlantic, which will be their first since 2007’s Welcome the Night. It is not known when it will be released, but we’ll keep you posted as more details come to light.



Hawthorne Heights celebrate anniversary of “If Only You Were Lonely” with plans to play album in full

Hawthorne Heights have announced plans to play their 2006 record “If Only You Were Lonely” in full at this year’s Three Headed Monstour. The album, a classic for fans of the band, featured hit single “Saying Sorry” and was a gold release for the group. With regards the decision to play the record in full frontman JT Woodford had the following to say:

“Any time you revisit a portion of your past, you can expect to be met with a storm of emotions leading to a flood of memories. It has been a tremendous joy to sift through these memories, photos, and songs from the “If Only You Were Lonely” days, nearly a decade ago. We simply had our fans in mind when choosing to perform that album front to back, because great memories should be celebrated with the people you love”

Full details of the Three Headed Monstour can be found on the website, including schedule and ticket information.



Hawthorne Heights, Mest and The Ataris to embark on “Three Headed Monstour”

Hawthorne Heights, Mest and The Ataris will embark on the “Three Headed Monstour” in February and March 2016, with support from Handguns and London Falling. On this tour, Hawthorne Heights will perform their 2006 classic album If Only You Were Lonely in its entirety. The dates and locations are below.

Hawthorne Heights last released the EP Hurt this past September. Mest, who recently reunited their classic lineup, last released the acoustic album Broken Down a year ago, and their last full-length studio album, Not What You Expected, was released in 2013. The Ataris are reportedly finishing their long-awaited new album The Graveyard of the Atlantic, which will be their first since 2007’s Welcome the Night.



Music Video: The Red Owls – “Party Lines”

Pop-punk ground The Red Owls (featuring ex and current members of Nightmares for a Week and The Ataris) have premiered a music video for their song “Party Lines”. You can watch the video below.

“Party Lines” is taken from The Red Owls’ upcoming EP Do You Feel Any Better?, which will be released digitally this Friday (October 2nd) and physically on October 30th. You can pre-order your copy here.



Random Cover Song: The Ataris – “I Remember You” (Skid Row)

Cover songs are like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re going to get. We here at Dying Scene love hearing punk bands do their own take on other band’s songs. Sometimes they pull off amazing interpretations of old classics, sometimes they’re not much more than humble tributes to a fellow artist, and other times they’re just downright laughable renditions of otherwise great songs. Good or bad. Intriguing or mundane.  We’ll let you be the judge.

Tonight’s cover comes from The Ataris and their cover of one of Skid Row’s famous hits “I Remember You”. The original version of the song first appeared on the Skid Row’s self-titled debut album from 1989, and The Ataris’ version is taken from the 2000 tribute album Punk Goes Metal.

You can listen to both versions of the song below.



Free Music: The Ataris – ‘Record Store Day 2015’

The Ataris apparently decided to celebrate this year’s Record Store Day with what else, a digital release. You can download Record Store Day 2015 for free/name your price below.

The release is a collection of new songs, demos, b-sides, instrumental tracks, and one live song comprised for Record Store Day 2015. It’s available only through the band’s Bandcamp page.

The Ataris are finishing up their long-awaited new album The Graveyard of the Atlantic, which will be their first since 2007′s Welcome the Night. The band will soon be heading out on another leg of “Blue Skies, Broken Hearts” tour dates – more info can be found below.



The Ataris announce tour dates with Brian Marquis, Yotam Ben Horin

At long last, dates and details have finally been announced for The Ataris upcoming “Blue Skies, Broken Hearts…Next 12 Exits” tour. It kicks off in Tempe on St. Patrick’s Day and runs through April 6th in Joliet, Illinois. Support comes from Brian Marquis and Useless ID’s Yotam Ben Horin. Check the full rundown below.

The tour, as you know, features The Ataris playing their above-mentioned 1999 album in its entirety.



The Ataris to perform “Blue Skies, Broken Hearts…Next 12 Exits” in full on upcoming tour

Southern California pop punk act The Ataris have announced that they will perform their 1999 classic album Blue Skies, Broken Hearts…Next 12 Exits in its entirety when they embark on a U.S. tour this coming March. No dates have been announced, but we’ll keep you posted.

The Ataris are currently finishing their long-awaited new album The Graveyard of the Atlantic, which will be their first since 2007’s Welcome the Night.