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The Ataris Interview

Interview with Kris Roe, lead singer and guitarist of The Ataris.
Friday, June 25th. Chain Reaction, Anaheim, CA.

Q: How was it working with Joey Cape (Lagwagon singer) on producing “Blue Skies, Broken Hearts, Next 12 Exits…”?
A: “It was awesome! He became a really good friend and kinda like a father figure. He also had a lot of creative ideas.”

Q: Do you guys see your music changing in anyway on the next album? If so, how?:
A: “Yeah totally. We continue to be influenced by so many other bands and even other types of music.”

Q: What is your favorite song to play at shows?
A: “Your Boyfriend Sucks” and “San Dimas High School Football Rules”

Q: What is your favorite band of all time?
A: “There are like 4 bands that are so awesome and like they all stick out in my mind. A band called Built to Spill and one of there album names is “Perfect From Now On.” Another band is called Mineral and there album is called “Art of Failing.” Of course Jawbreaker, and another band called Hayden and there album is called “Closer I Get.” They are all great bands.

Q: Influences?
A: “A lot of like The Descendents, The Ramones, and Jawbreaker.”

Q: Kung Fu Records or Fat Wreck Chords?
A: “We like em both. They are both cool. But let’s just put it this way. If not for Kung Fu records, I wouldn’t have moved to California. Also, they allowed us to play our music. If not for Fat Wreck Chords, The Ataris wouldn’t have escalated into what we are now.”

Q: What is your opinion of the radio?
A: “I like the radio. I just don’t like a lot of the bands that come out on the radio and do it just for the money. I like the fact of knowing friends like Blink 182 and MxPx are making it on the radio.”

Q: Relationship Statuses for all members of the band?
A: (laughs) As for myself, I have a girlfriend, Chris the drummer, uh kinda sorta, uh I dunno, Mike, well he is engaged…getting married, so he isn’t single (laughs), and Marco is single.”

Q: What kind of cars do you guys all drive?
A: “I don’t drive. But I do have a Dino Beach Cruiser which is pretty cool (laughs). Chris has a Camaro that he bought and his folks paid for some of it. Marco drives the tour van and some other cars. Oh and Mike has a van too.”

Q: When did you first begin playing guitar?
A: “When I was 10. So like, 12 years. I got my first guitar though when I was like 2.”

Q: What is your favorite food?
A: (thinks long) “Mexican food.”

Q: What is your favorite color?
A: “Blue.”

Q: How old are all of you guys?
A: ” I am 22, Chris just turned 21 on March 28th, Marco is 28, and Mike is 26.”

Q: What is your favorite movie?
A: “Uh….uh…(thinks for like a really long time) Can we come back to that?”

Q: What is the last movie you saw?
A: “Star Wars. It was okay.”

Q: Favorite actor and actress?
A: “I dunno about my favorite actor, but my favorite actress WAS Claire Danes for like a long time, but now she is my Ex- favorite Actress. (Goes on to tell the story of why he doesn’t like Claire Danes. Email me if you really are dying to know!)

Q: What is your favorite city to play in?
A: “Phoenix, Arizona. It’s cool cuz like all the kids at those shows like sing louder then us and all you hear are there voices over ours. It’s the best feeling.”

Q: Where do you get the inspiration for the songs you write?
A: “Basically different relationships I have been in or like just different experiences.”

Q: If you weren’t in a band right now, what would you be doing?
A: “Photography full time probably. It’d be cool to take pics of art stuff. I took all the pics in the album cover of “Blue Skies.” Or maybe write a book and stuff. (Goes on to joke about his answers)

Q: Who is the little girl in the picture in the album cover?
A: “That’s my daughter.”

Q: Jobs on the side?
A: “I work in a porno shop. I got the job like six months ago.”

Q: What do you do in your spare time?
A: “I like to write songs, photograph stuff, and work on making the band better.”

Q: Where do you guys live?
A: “Santa Barbara, CA, but I am originally from Indiana.”

Q: What is your prediction for the band in 5 years?
A: “Besides going off a cliff in our tour van probably (laughs), naw, I’ll still be writing songs, staying true to ourselves and our music and our band.”

Q: If trapped on a desert island, what are 3 things you would bring?
A: “Girl, guitar, and uh a lifetime supply of food.” (goes on to joke)

Q: Summer or winter time?
A: “Winter. Cuz you can bundle up in the winter, but in the summer you can’t like seem to get right…ya know?”

Q: How did the name The Ataris originate?
A: “I used to collect old Ataris games. I had like so many too. Then like I had a house fire and they all like got burned. I will never buy another Atari game either.”

Q: Other band names you thought of?
A: “We were once called The Methadones but it was for like a short while on one demo tape.” (If you wanna know why they changed the name email me)

Q: One word to describe The Ataris?
A: ” Uh…(thinks for awhile) gay?”

Q: One word to describe yourself?
A: “Geek.”

Q: Last comments?
A: “Yeah, tell everyone to go see us in their city when we tour. July 10th thru Oct 1st.

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New Found Glory

It was 10:00 PM, and we were waiting outside the FU-BAR for the show to start. There was a couple of hundred kids outside. The police showed up and said that only 298 people were allowed inside because of safety codes! Being the cool guys that New Found Glory are, they said that they would play two sets that night. They would shorten the first set, and they would have another show after. Before they went on for the first time, they were hanging out in front of the club and talking to people. They looked pretty pissed because of what happened with the cops, so we asked them for an interview. The Interview was conducted with Jordan, Ian, and Steve, and was submitted to by Andres.

pastepunk: Your names and ages?

Jordan: I’m Jordan, I’m 20 years old, and I’m pretty bummed out right now.
Ian: I am Ian, I’m 22, I play bass, and this sucks.
Steve: I’m Steve, I’m 20, and I play guitar.

pastepunk: “The needle on my record player has been wearing thin. This record has been playing since the day you’ve been with him.” What record were you listening to when you wrote that song?

Steve: It’s not really a certain record, it just shows the repetitiveness of like a cd or a song that you listen to that reminds you of your ex-girlfriend. Everytime you listen to it, it kind of makes you cringe cause it reminds you of how it ended. You sitll play it anyway regardless of how bad it was.

pastepunk: Who came up with the name, and where did it come from?

Steve: Me and Jordan made it up when we were working and we liked it and we kept it.

pastepunk: What has changed since the last time you were in South Florida?

Ian: Well it wasn’t sold out last time…
Steve: We haven’t really played here for awhile because we used to play every week but people started getting tired of us. That’s why we try to play less and less because it makes the shows more fun. Also we have gotten older and more experienced.
Jordan: And are our fans are getting younger. I feel really old.

pastepunk: Who’s the girl on the cover of “Nothing Gold Can Stay?”

Steve: It was Chad, our other guitarist’s mom when she was young.

pastepunk: The booklet for the first release is pretty awesome. Why did you change them when Drive-Thru rereleased it?

Ian: Our old label lost the film for the layout, so we couldn’t do it again because lost our own copy too. We had to come up with a new concept.
Steve: Also, the place that printed the new one was a whole new place so would have had to pay the beginning charges all over again.
pastepunk: But now it’s cooler because those are like limited edition.
Steve: Yeah, a lot of people are looking for them on like ebay and shit.
Ian: There’s actually a couple of different versions. There’s one that we sold at the MXPX shows the first four days it was out that have kind of a cheesy cover. It’s like one piece of paper, and we took down addresses and mailed out the real layout to them. Then there’s that cd with the star and Chinese writing in it, and then there was another 500 with the song titles printed on them.

pastepunk: What did the Chinese writing say?

Jordan: Those say friendship. They’re tattoos that we have. We have them on our legs.

pastepunk: Why aren’t there any samples on the Drive-Thru Records version of the album?

Ian: Money.
Jordan: Yeah, the samples cost a lot of money to go through all the companies that the samples go through, so we couldn’t put them on our new record.
Ian: It would have been like 50 cents a cd.
Jordan: No, 50 cents for each sample, and like $2 each cd.

pastepunk: What scandal would have to happen for there to be a NEW FOUND GLORY “Behind the Music” on VH-1?

Ian: Actually, we probably have enough stuff already.
pastepunk: Can you tell us anything?
Steve: We kind of have a pact of whatever goes on tour stays on tour.
Ian: I’ll tell you some stories, but only when the recorder is off, if you want?

pastepunk: What is the biggest disagreement you guys have?

Ian: Probably who gets to sleep in the beds when we stay at someone’s house.
Jordan: Or who drives.
Steve: Or who gets to take a shower first.
Jordan: Also, it’s hard for us to compromise on what songs we are going to play live.

pastepunk: What’s your favorite song to play live?

Ian: I like 2’s and 3’s the best.
Jordan: Basically the popular ones because those are the songs that the most people sing along to, and stuff like that.

pastepunk: Who has the worst driving habits?

Ian: Chad!!!
Jordan: Chad swerves. If you see Chad, just call him swervee!
Ian: And Cyrus smokes 24-7.
Jordan: Even when the windows ared down…

pastepunk: What’s the best and worst thing about doing these interviews?

Ian: I don’t think there’s anything bad about it.
Jordan: The one thing for me is trying to come up with the answers, because you always remember everything you wanted to say after it is done.
Ian: The worst part is when people read them and sometimes they don’t get the humor in it because they don’t hear how we are saying stuff, and they may take it in a different way thant it was intended. Getting misinterpreted sucks.

pastepunk: What’s your favorite 80’s movie?

Jordan: Fast Times at Ridgemont High.

Steve: My favorite movie is the Goonies, but also it’s cool because we are good friends with Corey Feldman. He hung out with us in California, and he’s in our video for “Hit or Miss,” too.

Police Officer: Hey, get up and get the hell out of here!

Jordan: We’re trying to do an interview!
Ian: We’re in the last band that’s playing.
Police Officer: I don’t care. Get Out!
Jordan: Are there any more questions?
pastepunk: No, that’s okay. We’re done, I guess. Thanks for the interview, it was nice meeting you guys.
All: No, thank you!

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