The Ataris

Genres: Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock Soundtracks
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s

Biography

One of the many radio friendly US pop punk bands to emerge in the late 90s, the Atari’s roots lay in a demo tape that Anderson, Indiana native vocalist/guitarist Kris Roe (Kristopher Lee Roe, 12 January 1977, Anderson, Indiana, USA) handed to Vandals bass player Joe Escalante in 1995. It resulted in a recording contract with Escalante’s label, Kung Fu, as well as Roe’s relocation to Santa Barbara, California. It was there that Roe put together the Ataris, with the first of many different line-ups featuring Derrick Plourde (b. 17 October 1971, Goleta, California, USA, d. 30 March 2005, USA; drums), Marko 72 (b. Marko DeSantis, California, USA; bass) and Jasin Thomason (b. Jason Wayne Thomason, 4 March 1976, Franklin, Indiana, USA; guitar).

The Ataris (named after a popular home video game system from the early 80s) put out a steady stream of releases on Kung Fu from 1997 to 2001, with Roe joined by musicians including Patrick...

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