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The Ataris Live In Singapore | Pre-Concert Review


Wait no more, kids!
Punkrock heroes The Ataris is coming to town this 22nd January at The Boiler Room at St James Power Station. Kudos to the folks at Snowbird Productions for their effort to bring the Indiana rockers to Singapore again after much requests from anticipating fans as The Ataris postponed their concert here in July last year, due to Kris Roe’s father being in a critical medical condition. To make up for cancelling the show, Kris Roe, being the humble and charming man he is, wrote a formal apology to all his fans in Singapore. Opening for the band would be local bands, Plainsunset and Rancour who are fans of The Ataris themselves.


Having being around since 1995 and producing 5 successful record albums such as “Blue Skies, Broken Hearts…Next 12 Exits” and “So Long, Astoria” (which happens to be my personal favourite), The Ataris is not an unfamiliar face in the pop punk scene. Their 1999 single “San Dimas High School Football Rocks” was a hit or you can say, an anthem among every punkrock romantics who dreamt of being with a girl who are out of their league. “Dump your boyfriend and go out with me! I swear I’ll treat you like a queen!” was the significant line that they will yell when they jammed to this song with their friends as they crunched their guitar strings. Within months, The Ataris songs were covered in almost every punk rock show across the United States and became a staple earworm for punkrockers full of  teen angst.


“So Long, Astoria” was released in 2003 and the band did not disappoint fans with hits like “The Boys of Summer”, “In This Diary”, “So Long, Astoria” and “The Saddest Song”, despite the more mature approach in their musical style for this album. The song “The Saddest Song” is about Kris Roe’s daughter whom he spends little time with due to the band’s busy schedule touring. Written by Kris Roe himself, it touched fans around the world as the lyrics to the song is heartfelt and soulful.


18 years in the scene and still rocking out like 18 year olds, we can hardly wait to see The Ataris live next week! It is definitely a dream come true to many punk rockers out there who have bought tickets instantly when the tour was announced. Kris Roe made a guest appearance turning up in the crowd at the MXPX All Stars show in Kuala Lumpur in 2009 and he promised many Singaporean fans who approached him a show in future. Well… He kept his promise alright!




Early Bird: S$65
At the door: S$75

You can purchase your tickets at SISTIC now!




Text by: Erin Riduan
Images by: Snowbird Productions



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