New Music & Gigs From The Ataris

The Ataris took a break from working on the band’s long-awaited new album to record a collection of old tunes that had never been released. The surprise EP is available now, along with the initial routing for a fall U.S. tour.

Released Saturday, October in This Railroad Earth is available exclusively via the group’s Bandcamp page. The EP can be downloaded or streamed. A limited vinyl pressing will be available at a later date.

“These are a few ideas that sort of fell to the wayside over the years. Ones that no one has ever heard before but we felt really should see the light of day,” the band said in a joint statement. “So we got this idea, Why not go in to Flying Blanket where we’ve been recording the new album and record some of these old song ideas using the same solid sounding vintage tones and the warmth of analog tape. All of the basic tracks were recorded live in one take with minimal overdubs. Recorded in two days and mixed in two more. It was a lot of fun! This is the end result.”

The statement went on to say that most songs were written in the early ‘90s, pre-dating The Ataris’ debut album, 1997’s Anywhere but Here. A few tracks were written by the band vocalist/guitarist Kristopher Roe played with prior to The Ataris.


Roe added in a comment on Facebook, “All of these songs on the EP I was literally age 13 to 15 when I wrote them! Ha. So I was literally just learning to write. Ha. But that is also another reason why I thought it would be cool to give them a proper recording and actually let them see the light of day, because there is a certain honesty to them, and rock ’n’ roll, real true honest rock n roll is about the beauty in the little imperfections. And beyond that this was an important time in my life, learning to create and write music for the first time. And that’s what making music is truly about.”

The Ataris is planning to release another EP soon.

The first batch of fall dates begins Aug. 9 in Mesa, Ariz., and runs through Sept. 7 in Wilmington, N.C. Additional shows will be added, including Texas and Florida.  

Here’s the routing so far:

Aug. 9 – Scottsdale, Ariz., Pub Rock
Aug. 10 – Las Vegas, Nev., House Of Blues
Aug. 11 – San Diego, Calif., Brick By Brick
Aug. 12 – Hermosa Beach, Calif., Saint Rocke        
Aug. 13 – West Hollywood, Calif., The Roxy Theatre         
Aug. 14 – San Luis Obispo, Calif., Tap It Brewing Co.       
Aug. 16 – San Francisco, Calif., Bottom Of The Hill
Aug. 17 – San Francisco, Calif., Blue Lamp 
Aug. 18 – Reno, Nev., Shea’s
Aug. 19 – Boise, Idaho, Crazy Horse
Aug. 20 – Salt Lake City, Utah, Metro Bar  
Aug. 21 – Denver, Colo., Marquis Theater    
Aug. 22 – Omaha, Neb., Lookout Lounge    
Aug. 23 – Des Moines, Iowa, Lefty’s Live Music    
Aug. 26 – Valparaiso, Ind., Big Shots
Aug. 27 – Newport, Ky., The Southgate House Revival
Aug. 29 – Buffalo, N.Y., Mohawk Place      
Aug. 30 – Cambridge, Mass., Middle East Upstairs
Aug. 31 – Brooklyn, N.Y., Knitting Factory Brooklyn        
Sept. 1 – Stanhope, N.J., Stanhope House    
Sept. 2 – Philadelphia, Pa., Voltage Lounge
Sept. 3 – Baltimore, Md., Baltimore Soundstage
Sept. 4 – Virginia Beach, Va., Club Relevant
Sept. 6 – Chapel Hill, N.C., Local 506          
Sept. 7 – Wilmington, N.C., Reggie’s

Tickets for select dates are on sale now. Visit The Ataris’ Facebook page and Bandcamp page for more information.