I was going to make an end of year list but I honestly was counting on the world ending. It didn't so here I am shame faced with no list. But the good news is The Ataris are heading to Asia in a few days and we are also hitting Europe in April.
THE ATARIS - ASIA TOUR 2013 (FULL BAND SHOWS)
Jan. 11th, FRI. - Beijing, China @ YUGONGYISHAN
Jan. 12th, SAT. - Shanghai, China @ YUYINTANG
Jan. 13th, SUN. - Wuhan, China @ VOX
Jan. 15th, TUES. - Guangzhou, China @ T:UNION
Jan. 19th, SAT. - Manila, Philippines -
4PM SHOW @ Eastwood Central Plaza
8PM SHOW @ Venice Piazza
Jan. 22nd, TUES. - Singapore @ The Boiler Room at St. James Power Station
It's been a long time since an update. I guess I just haven't had anything good to say.
I just have a couple things. There is a new Gasoline Heart record coming out and you can pre-order it now. The band is also playing two shows on the MxPx 20th Anniversary tour.
Best Buy Theatre
New York, NY
If you didn't catch our good friends Patent Pending on the Billboard Music Awards you should check it out. I'm very excited for them, they were great!
Kris is playing some dates on the Acoustic Basement stage on Warped tour this year.
SAT. 16TH - Salt Lake City, UT - Utah State Fairpark
SUN. 17TH - Denver, CO - Sports Authority Field at Mile High
WED. 20TH - Las Vegas, NV - Plaza Hotel and Casino
THURS. 21ST - Irvine, CA - Great Park
FRI. 22ND - Pomona, CA - Pomona Fairplex
SAT. 23RD - San Francisco, CA - AT&T Park
SUN. 24TH - Ventura, CA - Seaside Park
WED. 27TH - San Diego, CA - Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
THURS. 28TH - Phoenix, AZ - Peoria Sports Complex
FRI. 29TH - Las Cruces, NM - New Mexico St. Univ. Practice Field
SAT. 30TH - San Antonio, TX - AT&T Center
SUN. 1ST - Houston, TX - Reliant Park
TUES. 3RD - Dallas, TX - Gexa Energy Pavillion
Lastly we are playing No Blur Circuit in Japan on 7/17. Should be a great time!
John Moreland & The Black Gold Band - Things I Can't Control
We played with these guys in OK and they were simply amazing. I just came across my CD a few days ago and can't quit listening to it. Stephen Egerton played drums on this album and recorded it. Check it out!
Taylor Swift - Speak Now
I've seen this on a lot of year end lists. Probably because it is awesome. I sat in my hotel room in Bangor, Maine on a day off and listened to this album at least three times. It's pretty Incredible.
Arthur - Watch the Years Crawl By
These songs are just really good. I think I may have heard some old versions of these songs recently on a late night drive so when I heard this I was pretty excited.
Gaslight Anthem - American Slang
I really dig this album. Gaslight always seems to give off some sort of nostalgic vibe for me. And I mean that in a good way.
Stephen Egerton - The Seven Degrees of Stephen Egerton
Great songs with a great selection of singers.
Titus Andronicus - The Monitor
If I recall correctly this is a concept album about the civil war right? What more can you ask for? I mean "Cause ramps like us baby we were born to die!"
Shooter Jennings - Black Ribbons
Way different than any of his previous albums but it was also a different band. Really great record the songs have a lot ambience to them and are even kind of psychedelic at times.
John Mellencamp - No Better than This
The way this album recorded is just awesome. On top of that it was recorded in some pretty historic places and T Bone Burnett produced it. I got a friend who hates Mellencamp to check this out and he loved it. It's just a really solid Folk album.
Eminem - Recovery
Aside from maybe three songs this is a great album. But with 17 tracks you can afford to have a couple duds.
Damien Jurado - Saint Bartlett
You know I just recently got a chance to hear this album. There are some really sad songs here. You can really feel his pain. Great record!
Jimmy Eat World - Invented
This is a good album. I really like the song "Movielike". And the Female backup vocals on this album are a really good touch.
The Weakerthans - Live at the Burton Cummings Theatre
I Love this band "Reconstruction Site" is one of my favorite albums of all time. It's great from beginning to end. They do the songs so well live. Amazing band!
Frank Turner - Rock & Roll EP
I really like everything this guy does. It's that simple.
Follow the Sun - Bedouin Soundclash
This song is really good. I can't get in to the rest of the album but I dig this.
Nothin' On You - B.o.B. w/ Bruno Mars
I would probably have to say this is a guilty pleasure. Bruno Mars can sing though.
Just the way you are - Bruno Mars
Another guilty pleasure. It hold's a special place in my heart.
:::Albums I discovered this year:::
Polar Bear Club - Chasing Hamburg
This may be my new favorite band. The title from this record is where it is at. Can't wait to see them next year on Soundwave.
Austin Lucas - Somebody Loves You
This guy has a really unique voice a little country twang in it. He is from Indiana it doesn't get much better than that.
Our tour has officially come to an end. We started in July and here we are at the end of November. We have played just about every state. We even did a week in Canada and a show in Monterrey, MX. I wish we could have made it to Alaska on this tour maybe next time. The tour was amazing great times with better friends. I couldn't ask for a better bunch of people to spend all that time with. Thanks to Louis of Gasoline Heart and all the guys in Don't Panic it was a blast! I can't wait to do it again.
The tour ended in Atlanta at The Earl. The show was pretty good. The electricity went out before the show started and came back on about 45 minutea later. As we were packing up after the set the electricity went out again. Of course it came back on after we loaded everything out.
Looks like we are going to be home until Soundwave. So if any bands are interested in recording I will be home for a while. I have very low rates and I'm easy to work with. Hit me up at Bryan@atthegallows.com let's make some music!
For those of you who celebrate Thanksgiving have a safe holiday.
I really don't like too many bands that are coming out these days. I hate the ego stairs and swooping hair but I deal with it. We constantly get these bands opening for us. But I have recently discovered Polar Bear Club. Now I realize these guys have been around for a while but they are new to me. I really dig the "Chasing Hamburg" album and I think the title track is great. They remind me of a heavier, more gritty version of Pollen which I can totally dig on.
We are 90 shows deep in this tour we have 9 shows to go and I am sick for the first time on this tour. Everyone else has been sick already. So I will end this here.
If we are coming to your area I hope to see you at the show.
Is fighting with other bands on the internet the new way of promoting your band? It seems that everyone is fighting via twitter or interviews. I must be going about things all wrong. I started an argument with someone in a news thread.(not even purposely) Maybe I should find a band that I don't like and start a feud. The problem is that list is so long I don't know where to start. I guess I would pick the biggest band that would take the time to care. Maybe it would be fun. Let's burn some bridges! Why not?
We have added more dates in November. Check them out.
WED. 3RD - SYRACUSE, NY - THE FUSION ROOM
THURS. 4TH - CAMBRIDGE, MASS - MIDDLE EAST
FRI. 5TH - JERMYN, PA - ELANOR RIGBY'S
SAT. 6TH - VINELAND, NJ - HANGAR 84
SUN. 7TH - PATCHOGUE, LONG ISLAND - CLUB KARMA
TUES. 9TH - STATE COLLEGE, PA - THE MEZZANINE
WED. 10TH - HARRISONBURG, VA - THE BLUE NINE
THURS. 11TH - FAYETTEVILLE, NC - CLUB XSCAPE
* FRI. 12TH - TBA
SAT. 13TH - CHARLOTTE, NC - THE BREWERY
SUN. 14TH - TBA
MON. 15TH - ROCK HILL, SC - THE MONEY
TUES. 16TH - CHARLESTON, SC - THE OASIS
WED. 17TH - JACKSONVILLE, FL - LANDSHARK CAFE
THURS. 18TH - ST. PETERSBURG, FL - FUBAR
FRI. 19TH - ORLANDO, FL - BACKBOOTH
SAT. 20TH - VERO BEACH, FL - FILTHY MCNASTY'S
SUN. 21ST - FT. MYERS, FL - RED ROCK SALOON
TUES. 23RD - ATLANTA, GA - THE EARL
Well Halloween is officially over in our part of North America but we had a great one. We were in Toronto tonight and we played the last half of our set dressed as The Misfits and played the following.
I Turned into a Martian
Where Eagles Dare
It was all kinds of fun. We play London, ON tomorrow then we head back to the states to finish up the next few weeks.
We are in Canada right now. Specifically Burlington, ON and we are playing Toronto, ON at The Rock Pile for Halloween. I think that I have been home four days since the beginning of July but not consecutively. We are out until Thanksgiving and then we have a couple months off. We played Montreal a couple nights ago, acquired a street sign, knocked over a bunch of road cones and ran across the interstate. It's funny that we are more well behaved when we are in the states.
Anyhow here are the remainder of the dates. We will possibly add a couple more.
10.31.10 The Rock Pile 5555 Dundas Street West Toronto, ON M4B 1B3
11.01.10 Call The Office 216 York St. London, ON N6A 1B5
11.02.10 Water Street Music Hall 204 N. Water St. Rochester, NY 14604
11.03.10 Fusion 3705 Brewerton Rd. North Syracuse, NY 13212
11.04.10 Middle East 472 Massachusetts Ave. Cambridge, MA 02139
11.05.10 Eleanor Rigbys 603 Rt 6 Raqueteers Plaza Jermyn, PA 18344
11.06.10 Hangar 84 20 South 6th St. Vineland, NJ 08360
11.07.10 Club Karma 620 Waverly Ave. Patchogue, NY 11772
11.09.10 The Mezzanine 420 E College Ave. State College, PA 16801
11.10.10 The Blue Nile 181 N. Main St. Harrisonburg, VA 22801
11.11.10 Club Xscape 1940 Skibo Road Fayetteville, NC 28303
11.13.10 The Brewery 3009 Hillsborough St. Raleigh, NC 27607
11.15.10 The Money 110 S. Cherry Rd. Rock Hill, SC 29732
11.16.10 The Oasis 778 Folley Rd. Charleston, SC 29412
11.17.10 Landshark Café 1728 3rd Street N. Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
11.18.10 Fubar 658 Central Ave. Saint Petersburg, FL 33701
11.19.10 Backbooth 633 N. Orange Ave Orlando, FL 32801
11.23.10 The Earl 488 Flat Shoals Ave Atlanta, GA 30316
This tour has been pretty fantastic with great friends and great bands.
The only downside is it's almost over. Don't Panic are only with us through Texas. Then we are in the home stretch. We are pretty lucky to have a few days off in Hawaii. It will be a nice vacation. After that we have a couple weeks off then we play the northeast and Canada. I have to say I am really looking forward to Canada.
We are playing the 2011 Soundwave in Australia. I wish that some of last years lineup were playing but we still get Iron Maiden and Slayer. So I guess I can't complain too much.
Kris a has a few more songs he wants to record before finishing the album. Hopefully in the new year that will happen. There was a skip in the test pressing of our 7" so we are still waiting on that.
That's all for now. We are supposed to play Monterrey, Mexico in a few days. If we come back alive I will post a new entry.
So the tour has been pretty great so far. We have had our van breakdown twice but what can you do. Gasoline Heart is amazing. Louis has been playing the tour solo and we have been backing him on a few songs and it's been all kinds of fun.
Tonight we played Seattle and had a couple special guests come out. They Donkey Kong master himself Steve Wiebe came out and played drums on "Boys of Summer". If you haven't seen the documentary "King of Kong" check it out. He is one of the nicest people I have ever met. We also played an MxPx tune with Mike Herrera it was a dream come true for Aaron. Overall one of the best nights I've had in a longtime.
We will be meeting up with our good friends Don't Panic soon too. I can't wait to hang with those guys.
Thanks to everyone who has been coming out to the shows and making it a great time.