Wow these comments are harsh. I for one is ready for the new album, but from interviews and Mike Herrera's podcast, the album is coming. Ataris have been MIA in the scene for a while now and from what I gather Kris wants to put out an album that will bring them back. Mind you they are doing this all on their own with only Paper + Plastick releasing the album I believe.
As far as drugs and drinking, I can't speak on behalf of him, but in interviews he said he doesn't do either. Then again I don't know personally.
However, I will wait for a new album, because the songs on bandcamp sound amazing.
I mean, yes... but he's been saying all of these things for NEARLY FOUR YEARS NOW. They're all empty promises until he puts a product on the shelf.