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03/08/11 at 02:28 PM by ChrisThe Ataris
Hey, this is Chris Swinney. I used to play in The Ataris and many other bands like Underminded, Brazil, The Widow Jenkins, and Chronic Chaos.

Some friends and I have been working on some demos as of late. We have not decided on a name yet, but a front runner is, "Skeleton Coast". Check out a new demo I just posted called, "27". More info soon. Thanks.

Tags: Chris, Swinney, The Ataris, rock
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The Widow Jenkins is back! New vocalist, new record, new label!
11/04/10 at 07:44 AM by ChrisThe Ataris
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The future...
07/07/10 at 02:05 PM by ChrisThe Ataris
I am stoked for the future...big things in store!!!
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01/05/10 at 01:26 PM by ChrisThe Ataris
Cowboy Angels(the band I manage) just released their debut album, "The Burden Of Love And Sin".

Pick up a digital copy at:

http://www.digstation.com/AlbumDetai...ALB000042 666

or go see them on tour starting today! Check the myspace to see if they are coming close to your area.

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12/26/09 at 12:44 PM by ChrisThe Ataris
Top Albums of 2009
1. Alexisonfire - Old Crows/Young Cardinals
2. Thrice - Beggars
3. Propagandhi - Supporting Caste
4. Alice In Chains - Black Gives Way To Blue
5. Gallows - Grey Britain
6. Jay-Z - The Blue Print 3
7. He Is Legend - It Hates You
8. Say Anything - Say Anything
9. Mastadon - Crack The Skye
10. Killswitch Engage - Killswitch Engage

Top TV Shows of 2009
1. True Blood
2. Destination Truth
3. 30 Rock
4. Community
5. Curb Your Enthusiasm
6. The Office
7. Modern Family
8. Bored To Death
9. V
10. Ghosthunters

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The Ataris
10/26/09 at 10:11 AM by ChrisThe Ataris
Just to let everyone know...I am no longer with The Ataris. After Warped I "quit/took a break"...then rejoined...then had some family issues that forced me to not be able to do this last tour...then I was replaced.

Thanks to all the great people I met through the band over the last year and a half...your friendship and support mean the world to me.

Hopefully I will have some new music related projects to share with everyone very soon.

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09/27/09 at 04:34 PM by ChrisThe Ataris
Hey, I have some stuff for sale on EBAY!!! Check everything out...my loss is your gain!!!

Tags: Ebay, The Ataris, Music, Crap
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Long time no blog...
08/23/09 at 03:58 PM by ChrisThe Ataris
Hey, this is Chris S. of The Ataris. I have been lazy lately with my blogging. Warped Tour was great!!! We had so much fun and capped off our two week run with a great home town show in Indianapolis.

We made some great friends on the tour and I would like to give a big shout out to the following:

All the Gallows guys...especially Lags for jamming "San Dimas" with us on the Texas dates, Dallas and all the Alexisonfire guys...best band on the tour, Devin and everyone at Music Saves Lives, Minkus...thanks for shooting us and being a cool chick, The Rats...especially Gary and Junior(best stage dudes ever!), Anthony and Chris from Bayside, Mike and the NOFX guys, Will from Aiden(thanks for rocking some Misfits with us!), Craig from Chiodos(rocking out with you on "San Dimas" was so much fun!), John @ AT&T, Rick Thorne, All the dudes from The Scenic(thanks for being our crew!), Bethany @ Press, Margot and Jan for hawking our merch, The dudes from The Exposed(Ello Guvna!), The Anti Flag dudes, Longway, Shooter Jennings(thanks for watching us...it was an honor), Brian and Therefore I Am, Thrice...for being not only amazing musicians but being the nicest guys ever, Tada Catering...amazing food, Gavin...you are best best TM ever, and finally thanks to Kevin Lyman...we appreciate everything!

Ok, now on to other stuff. We named our new album, "The Graveyard of the Atlantic". It is almost finished...I know it was supposed to be out already, but we want it to be perfect for you guys. Please be patient! It will be worth it, I swear.

The band has dates coming up here in the states as well as over seas. Check out http://www.myspace.com/theataris for the info.

I am selling some extra gear out of my studio. If you are looking for a Boss DD-7 Delay Pedal, check this out:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...2803887 47096

NO RESERVE!!! My loss is your gain.

Now here are a few videos. Up first is a little video I cut together of our trip from Indiana out to Arizona to pick up Kris, and then on to California for Warped.

Here are a couple cool videos. First video are two Misfits covers...Will from Aiden joins us on "Skulls", and the second is Craig from Chiodos doing "San Dimas". Both are from our last day in Indianapolis.

Lastly, here is an interview Bryan and I did in San Fransico. Enjoy!!!

Oh yeah, almost forgot to pick a cover...here you go!

Heather at her 2008 High School Graduation

Hit up Heather's mom and tell her she did a good job!


Tags: The Ataris, Warped Tour
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Warped Guitar Lessons!
06/12/09 at 03:18 PM by ChrisThe Ataris
Hey, what's up everyone? I was kicking around an idea for Warped. When we are not on tour, I teach guitar...so I figured I would try to do that on Warped as well.

So if you are interested in a guitar lesson during any of our Warped dates...hit me up at:


Lessons will be 30 minutes long and cost $20. I will provide the other guitar...since I am sure you don't want to carry around a guitar all day.

Let me know if you are interested. Thanks!

PLEASE REPOST!!!!!!!!!!!
Tags: Warped, Tour, Guitar Lessons, The Ataris
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New album track!
06/06/09 at 10:18 PM by ChrisThe Ataris
Hey, everyone. I have been MIA on my blog for a while. The tour was amazing! Big show, little shows and everything in between. South Africa was life changing! So many wonderful people and great shows, not to mention that Africa is so incredibly beautiful.

So, we just posted the album version of, "All Souls Day" over at our myspace page:


Go check it out! It is also featured on the new Warped Tour compilation.

No cover video tonight, as I am tired and crashing out!
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04/20/09 at 08:12 AM by ChrisThe Ataris
Hey, everyone. We leave for tour on Wednesday. It has been a long time coming, and we couldn't be more ready to hit the road. Here are the dates:

Apr 22 - Doc’s (21+) - Muncie, Indiana
Apr 23 -
Garfield Artworks - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Apr 24 -
The Khyber - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Apr 25 -
Neahwa Park with EVE 6! - Oneonta, New York
Apr 27 - Middle East - Cambridge, Massachusetts
Apr 28 -
The Sozo - State College, Pennsylvania
Apr 29 -
Crocodile Rock Cafe - Allentown, Pennsylvania
Apr 30 -
Tinks Entertainment Complex - Scranton, Pennsylvania
May 1 -
Hoodwink @ Meadowlands - East Rutherford, New Jersey
May 3 -
Bamboozle @ Meadowlands - East Rutherford, New Jersey
May 7 -
Zeplins - Pretoria, South Africa
May 8 -
Burn Night Club - Durban, South Africa
May 9 -
Klein Libertas Theater - Stellenbosch, South Africa
May 10 -
Tempo’s Entertainment Park - Johannesburg, South Africa
May 13 -
Rider University - Lawrenceville, New Jersey
May 14 -
Hangar 84 - Vineland, New Jersey
May 15 - The Otto Bar - Baltimore, Maryland
May 16 -
Green Street Club - Greensboro, North Carolina
May 17 -
Lucky’s Pub - Wilmington, North Carolina
May 18 - Brewers Bar and Grill - Sumter, South Carolina
May 19 -
Freebird Live - Jacksonville, Florida
May 20 -
Big Daddy’s - Tallahassee, Florida
May 21 -
1982 Bar - Gainesville, Florida
May 22 -
Will's Pub - Orlando, Florida
May 23 -
Kaffe Krystal - Miami, Florida
May 24 -
Smiling Dog Saloon - Fort Myers, Florida
May 25 - The Masquerade - Atlanta, Georgia
May 26 - Rocketown - Nashville, Tennessee
May 27 - Skull Alley - Louisville, Kentucky
May 28 -
The Madison Theater - Covington, Kentucky
Jun 1 -
Tavern at the Mill - Lancaster, Ohio

We hope to see all of you at the shows!

Now here is my cover of the week!!!

It is the band Shame from Argentina doing "Unopened Letter": http://www.youtube.com/julianshame

Tags: The Ataris, Tour, South Africa, Shame, Unopened Letter
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04/08/09 at 08:03 PM by ChrisThe Ataris
We have been wanting to post a new song really bad.
We have decided to post a new really rough demo tomorrow at 2pm Eastern.


The new album is almost done, and we can't wait for you guys to hear it.

This new demo is a rough song that we recorded in the pre-production sessions at The Gallows. It was one of the first songs we wrote for the new album. It is called "All Souls Day". Remember when you hear it...it is very rough.

The album version will also be included on the 2009 Vans Warped Tour Compilation.

So...the countdown has begun! Thursday April 9th @ 2pm Eastern.

Please repost and tell all your friends!!!!
Tags: The Ataris, New, Demo, Ghosthunters
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04/03/09 at 09:06 AM by ChrisThe Ataris
Hey, everyone. We are gearing up for the upcoming tour. We are very excited.

The new album is coming along nicely. Kris is almost done with the vocals, and then we just need to mix and master it. If I can talk everyone into it, I might try to post a new demo on the myspace soon. Keep checking back.

I just did a few interviews about our upcoming African Tour. Check them out...one is from Spin Magazine's new international site and the other is from Seventeen Magazine(hehe! crazy right).



We have posted a bunch of new tour dates! Check them out at: http://www.myspace.com/theataris

Now here is my Ataris cover of the week!

Here is Pokerworld!

Check out more of this dude: http://www.youtube.com/pokerworld
Tags: The Ataris, Seventeen Magazine, Spin, Tour dates, Africa
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Another update!
03/17/09 at 01:12 PM by ChrisThe Ataris
Hey, everyone...Chris S. here from The Ataris. Kris is finially done with his solo acoustic tour of Europe, and barring a few sketchy situations, it went splendidly.

He has 4 more acoustic dates starting in April in Australia. Here they are:

Apr 1st - Jive Bar - Adelaide, Australia
Apr 2nd - Next - Melbourne, Australia
Apr 3rd -
Oxford Arts Factory - Sydney, Australia
Apr 4th -
The Globe Theatre - Brisbane, Australia

Tickets for our South African Tour are going quick! Make sure to get yours now!!! You can get tickets @ http://www.computicket.com/booking/c...ing=The+Ataris

We just found out that we will be included on the 2009 Warped Tour Compilation, and we couldn't be more stoked! We are planning on putting a new album track on it, so keep checking back for updates.

With Kris back home in the States, we can resume work on the new record. We still need to finish the vocals, and do a few little guitar noodles...and then it is off to be mixed and mastered! We are really excited for everyone to hear the new album.

Speaking of new albums I picked up two this past week that I really liked. I picked up the new Propagandhi and New Found Glory discs.

Words can't explain how good the new Propagandhi is...it is amazing. You all should pick it up. And my friends at Smallman Records put it out, and they are some of the best dudes ever. Winnipeg represent!

The New Found Glory cd is great as well. The production is great as always. They are a great band, and I hope to see them at Bamboozle.

Well, that is about it. We have just been practicing like crazy in preparation for tour. We will be announcing other dates very soon. US stuff as well as International stuff.

For my cover this entry I am going to spotlight our main support band for the South African tour, CrashCarBurn. They recently recorded a cover of "So Long Astoria" and it is great. They are an amazing band, and we are very honored that they took the time to do this. We can't wait to tour with them. Make sure to check them out @ www.myspace.com/crashcarburn

Tags: The Ataris, CrashCarBurn, New Found Glory, Propagandhi, Bamboozle, Warped Tour 2009
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03/09/09 at 08:29 PM by ChrisThe Ataris
Hey, Chris here...back again with another update. Bryan, Jake, and I are hard at work here in the good old Hoosier state, while Kris is finishing up his solo European tour.

We are busy learning new songs for our upcoming tour, and things have been going very smoothly. Kris has a few dates left before he flys home and we resume work on the new record. Here are the remaining dates:

March 11th - The Tunnels - Aberdeen, Scotland
March 13th - The Bunker - Belfast, Northern Ireland
March 14th - Eamonn Doran's - Dublin, Ireland

If you can make it, you totally should!!!

I have also been hard at work updating our online presence.

We now have a Pure Volume page: http://www.purevolume.com/theatarisofficial

Make sure to go check it out!

You can now leave us voice messages at our Say Now page: http://www.saynow.com/theataris

We figured if it was good enough for the Jonas Bros. and New Kids On The Block...it was good enough for us!

I broke down and made us a Twitter as well: http://twitter.com/theataris

So make sure to add us or message us on all or any of these!

We are all really excited to get the new record finished. It should be done right before we leave for tour...we will keep you posted.

Here it is...my You Tube cover song pick!!!

Prismatic19 lip syncing to "Boys Of Summer"

Tags: Jonas Bros, New Kids On The Block, The Ataris
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