Fast Times at Dropout High (Harvey Edition)
  • Fast Times at Dropout High (Harvey Edition)
  • The Ataris
  • The Graveyard of the Atlantic

“Fast Times at Dropout High” is far and away one of my all-time favorite songs by The Ataris, and on their upcoming album “The Graveyard of the Atlantic,” the band has re-recorded the song.

However, one of my favorite parts of the original song was the quote from “Good Will Hunting” dubbed over the track, so I decided to take a quote from the 1950 film “Harvey” and toss it in over the new track. I feel like the quote fits the song wonderfully, both from a musical and lyrical standpoint, even if the quote is immensely different than the original one.

Enjoy! And if you’ve got comments, let’s hear ‘em!

  • My Hotel Year
  • Kristopher Roe
  • Hang Your Head in Hope

    I don’t really geek out about bands the way I used to. When I was a kid, I’d go to shows and concerts, and if given the chance to meet someone in the band I was watching, I’d flip out, talk to them, and pretty much be the stereotypical young kid that most people are in their lives. Now I’m older, I’ve met a lot of the dudes that wrote the songs I sang in my car. I’ve written my own songs, and played shows, and one time, only once but it was a cool one off, a crowd of kids actually geeked out, and talked to me about an EP I had written and passed along (This is another story altogether, and I’ll share it another time). It’s very rare that I get an anxious feeling when I meet a musician or band-dude I respect. Then I got to meet Kris Roe of The Ataris. Fun fact, The Ataris are my favorite band ever. Flat out. My number 1, my go to…always. Meeting him is literally one of the coolest things I have ever done. He was nice, and missing a tooth but he gave me a high five, and a hug. I thought about not showering afterwards. Recently I’ve thought a lot about why this band is so high on my list, and to be honest. It’s because his songs are great. It’s pop punk, and it’s honest. He’s older now, and singing the songs he wrote when he was a kid. His voice has aged, and now the sad songs sound sadder, and the uplifting songs scream louder than ever, that everything’s going to be o.k. This is why I’m posting this, because Kris Roe, and The Ataris are still out there being road warriors, and killing it. They just released this acoustic album, and in typical fashion I have listened to it very loudly in my car, while singing along. I feel like its the best way to listen to it.

Kris Roe der Frontmann der Band The Ataris ist zur Zeit auf Solo Akustik Tour und machte einen Zwischenstopp im Stuttgarter Club 1210.

Etwas später als geplant startet das Konzert mit der Vorband Slimboy. Die Schweizer spielen Alternativ – Punk Rock und gaben sich trotz des kleinen Publikums sehr viel Mühe das Ding zu rocken. Und es gelang ihnen. Ihre Musik taugt zum moshen und Spaß haben.

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Nach einer kurzen Pause kam Kris Roe auf die Bühne. Entspannt, gut gelaunt und locker machte er erstmal seinen Soundcheck. Dann begann er seine Akustik Show. Sein Set war gefüllt mit 15 Songs die größtenteils aus dem Repertoire seiner Band The Ataris stammten. Aber auch unbekannte Songs die es nie auf ein Album geschafft haben stellt Roe vor. Während seines Sets fühlt man sich geborgen und es kam einem vor als wäre man auf einem gemütlichen Wohnzimmerkonzert eines guten alten Bekannten – Kris Roe. Sympathisch nahm er gegen Ende des Sets auch Songwünsche aus dem Publikum entgegen. Zwischendurch witzelt er und verriet, dass The Ataris zur Zeit an einem neuen Album arbeiten sowie eine Vinyl mit unveröffentlichten Songs demnächst gepresst wird.

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Als Zugabe holte er sich seine Vorband Slimboy auf die Bühne und spielt gemeinsam mit ihnen zwei Ataris Songs. Natürlich dann im Punk Rock – Ataris Style.

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Leider war das Konzert am Dienstag Abend sehr schlecht besucht. Wie immer ist das sehr schade für die Künstler aber auch für das restliche Publikum. Wir fragen uns warum das Konzert so schlecht besucht wurde, Kris Roe’s Band The Ataris sind ja nun nicht ganz unbekannt und Akustik Konzerte in Stuttgart rar gesät. Lag es vielleicht an der Fliegerbombe, dem Wetter oder gar dem Feinstaubverbot? Schade. Aber dennoch war es ein sehr schönes Konzert und die Künstler machten das Beste aus der Situation.

Kris Roe – Konzert am 19.01.2016 im 1210 in Stuttgart Kris Roe der Frontmann der Band The Ataris ist zur Zeit auf Solo Akustik Tour und machte einen Zwischenstopp im Stuttgarter Club…
1/25: Kristopher Roe (of The Ataris) with Silent Minority, Junes Not Faking and The Sunset Doctrine @ Limelight


DOORS AT 8 P.M., MUSIC AT 9 P.M., 21+



9 P.M. - The Sunset Doctrine: FacebookBandcampTwitter

9:45 P.M. - Junes Not Faking: FacebookBandcampTwitter

10:30 P.M. - Silent Minority: FacebookReverbNationTwitter

11:30 P.M. - Kristopher Roe (of The Ataris; Indianapolis, IN): Facebook, Bandcamp, Twitter

Review: The Ataris (Apr 8)

It’s 17:30 in the afternoon and Erik Perkins, drummer of The Ataris, can’t wipe the smile off his face. He seems to be excited in his first tour with the band since he joined earlier this year. He still preserves the innocence and the eagerness of the first concerts. There’s nothing out of the ordinary during the soundcheck except for the Kristopher Roe’s perfectionist ambition of making the most of the means that the venue offers. He even calculates the echo and reverberation that the proximity of the walls originates.

Two hours and a half after that, the stage is occupied by The Exposed, a three member band distinguished by the prevailing bass line that underlays their songs. Their music is explosive, similar to Green Day at times, with an underexposed guitar that riffs gently during the tracks. The best thing to remark would probably be the ideal balance between leading and backing vocals.

The Exposed were followed by Versus The World, a much more mature band that proved their experience exhibiting a wide musical potency. The band, with three guitarists and up to four vocalists singing at the same time, also showed a strong domain of the pace and a high proficiency in guitar solos that reminded of the heaviest metal.

Then it was Mike Herrera’s turn to take command and reassure the fervid atmosphere. With his fully emotional lyrics and melancholic, rainy day rhythms, Herrera unfolded his best repertoire, which completed by the attendees demands. There was also time for the fun when, at request of a man form the public, he dedicated a song to… a tortoise.

But what everybody was waiting for is The Ataris performance. And they didn’t disappoint. The Ataris is one of the most eclectic bands on the scene as could be seen when they took the liberty to start with what they call an “echoey dreamy guitar part”. This gave rise to a long punk rock concert garnished by a sum of references, from math to post rock. All members gave free rein to his subconscious during the show and it ended up with instrumental orgies, guitar necks hitting cymbals and, above all, with a bunch of songs that speak by themselves but also for the public.


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

And 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, 

Only a test, I feel like I’m failing…

God! Are you really listening?

If this is only a test, 

Only a test, I feel like I’m failing, 

Failing you!

–Kristopher Roe