曾在独立厂牌发行过四张专辑的The Ataris(亚塔斯乐团),在独立乐圈建立相当人气及口碑,被主流厂牌Columbia 网罗旗下.四人编制 The Ataris双吉他主导出扎实的摇滚魄力及拨动人心的奔放旋律.昂扬走出鲜明线条.首张主流专辑《So Long, Astoria》,与制作人Lou Giordano (Goo Goo Dolls, Husker Du, Sugar) 合作,打造出最佳叙事性专辑,首支单曲“In This Diary”荣登Billboard 现代摇滚榜Top11.
2007年2月8日亚塔斯乐团放出了Street版本的'Welcome The Night',并于本月20号放出了正式版本.由他们自己创办的独立厂牌Isola Recordings和Sanctuary Records共同发行.
The Ataris couldn't have picked a more appropriate title for their fifth record, Welcome the Night: almost every note sounds as if written at the midnight hour by frontman Kris Roe as he was locked in his apartment alone during a self-imposed exile. The guys parted ways with Columbia following the completion of Night (their long-delayed follow-up to 2003's So Long, Astoria), and wound up creating their own Isola Recordings (with distribution through Sanctuary) to finally bring the album to the light of day. In the meantime, the group inflated to a staggering seven members (including a cellist and pianist), and together the Ataris are now apparently infatuated with their Smiths collections and overall love of lush and moody alternative rock. They are hardly recognizable as the same band documenting Black Flag stickers on Cadillacs just a few short years ago, and the difference is not just in Roe's noticeably richer vocals. Layers of sweeping arrangements and dynamic buildups over lyrics of longing and snapshots of yesterday suggest that the Ataris now need to be seen as serious rock musicians free from the constraints of emo. This is grown-up angst, and the opening "Not Capable of Love" is surprisingly melancholic in its reflections of life and relationships in the years since those doe-eyed beginnings. "I'm not capable of love/That kind of love/That I felt when I was 21," Roe achingly sings wrapped in a dark envelope of yearning. The added depth of instrumentation gives Welcome the Night a lonely sort of warmth that was never really present in the band's prior work, and it's a nice feel. Songs like the nearly hopeful "The Cheyenne Line" and wounded "From the Last, Last Call" — the latter using light acoustics for reflections through stained glass — are well-crafted balances of hidden pain and muted radiance. But elsewhere, the Ataris seem to get too wrapped up in their seriousness to notice when things get a tad too melodramatic for their own good. Though it's nice to see the band reaching for something unexpected (and hitting the mark dead-on several times), even those good intentions can't hide the fact that by Welcome the Night's end, it's really just become a murky sea of mournful strings, gentle percussion, and hushed lines of regret that simply float away into the darkness.
01. Not Capable Of Love
03. New Years Day
04. Secret Handshakes
05. The Cheyenne Line
06. And We All Become Like Smoke
07. Connections Are More Dangerous Than Lies
08. Whatever Lies Will Help You Rest
09. Far From The Last Last Call
10. When All Else Fails, It Fails
11. Soundtrack For This Rainy Morning
12. Begin Again From The Beginning
13. Act V, Scene IV: And So It Ends Like It Begins