Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
End Is Forever
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
The crown jewel of the Kung Fu Records organization. The 14 songs on End Is Forever (The Ataris 3rd LP for Kung Fu) accurately reflect the dedication to the craft of songwriting that has skyrocketed this Santa Barbara, Cal... more »
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The crown jewel of the Kung Fu Records organization. The 14 songs on End Is Forever (The Ataris 3rd LP for Kung Fu) accurately reflect the dedication to the craft of songwriting that has skyrocketed this Santa Barbara, California quartet into becoming the fastest growing punk band in recent memory. Punk, pop-punk, and emo fans alike have been gravitating to Kris Roe's heartfelt hyper-melodic punk tales of teenage dreams and broken hearts in alarming numbers that are giving the band their highest weekly sales now, as we speak. The momentum that popped when Fat Wreck Chords released their Ataris E.P. in 1998 (as a favor to all of us), has been carried on by incessant touring throughout North America, Australia, Japan, and in the fall of 2000, Europe. Kung Fu and the Vandals have done all they can to help develop this band and the results have been very satisfying for all of us. The Ataris now command their own league of followers. Demos pour in daily to Kung Fu from bands trying to sound like them, look like them, and play with them. They say imitation is the sincerest form of punk rock.
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Sloppy Nate | Parrallelfromeverything, Indiana | 03/02/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Having been a fan of The Ataris since the summer of 1999 thanks to Fat Mike's comp, Short Music For Short People, I picked up "Blue Skies, Broken Hearts...Next 12 Exits." This cd went on my list as "one of those records that has a few songs" but never did I truly appreciate it. Flash to October 2000. I heard "Summer Winds Was Always Our Song" on the new Kung Fu Sampler, and I knew I was going to get it...even if I wasn't a big Ataris fan. Then ... I downloaded "Song 13", which I really didn't see as a great song then. So here I am in the local record store and seeing it and buying it. I have extemely decent expectations for it. Maybe a mediocre attempt, or something a little better than "Blue Skies...", but little was I prepared for such a great record.Hearing of the re-recordings of "Song For A Mix Tape" and "How I Spent My Summer Vaction", luckily both being two of my most treasured Ataris songs, I knew this album had a chance. I then popped in the cd and it started off strong, with "Giving Up On Love", an anthem for anyone who's ever lost a person they've loved, and continuing like that all the way through, only slowing down for "Fast Times at Drop-Out High." Needless to say, this is a record any kid who lives in Nowheresville, USA, had huge relationship problems, or have ever had hopes of getting away from everything just to be happy for a few minutes will appreciate. My personal favorites are "Giving Up On Love," "Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A, Start,", "If You Really Want To Hear About It...", "Song For A Mix Tape", "How I Spent My Summer Vacation", both of which i love even more than their originals, "Teenage Riot" and "Song 13." Amazing how things end up eh? This album has to go on your "Must Buy" list today."
One of the most progressing indie bands scores again
John McKay | Flint, MI USA | 02/25/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"When I first heard "Anywhere But Here" by the Ataris, I thought it was a Green Day-ripoff, by the song structure and vocals, but then I heard "Look Forward To Failure", and then I became an Ataris fan, and I started to appreciate Anywhere But Here as an album on its own, as well. Then I went ahead and bought Blues Skies, Broken Hearts...Next 12 Exits, and the Ataris became one of my favorite bands... I wasn't TOO thrilled with Let It Burn, but it was a nice addition to my collection, and the acoustic San Dimas was truly amazing....Which brings us to End is Forever.This is a testament to one of the greatest progressions of any indie band, as most bands go downhill as the years go by (see: Blink 182), while this band moves steadily uphill. It opens with an aggressive number, "Giving Up On Love", and closes with a very intimate acoustic number, "Hello & Goodbye"... in between this is one of the catchiest yet heartfelt albums in recent memory. The Kevin Smith's "Clerks" references in tracks 4 and 5 are pure genius, too!With this album, the band should have a big opening in the road to success in the music industry, and should be ready for the big-time labels once they get a listen to this amazing piece of work."
My high school anthem
Tim Kubart | Farmingdale, Long Island | 02/16/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"...this has been my favorite cd for almost 2 years now... i really want to tell everybody out there that if you're a hopeless romantic who has gotten your heart broken and fallen in and out of love many times, and can really get close to people, you need to own this cdevery song on this album, even though its kris roe's amazing lyrics, i feel like is about me in some way...that ive lived this experience kris beautifully decribesmy favorite track on this album by far is "summer wind was always our song" which is a break up song, but so much more because you can truly feel the emotion in the lyrics, singing and music and its this way on every song on the album...there is some sort of emotion behind it that is expressed absolutely perfectly and all the components blend together so well...after some tough times in my life i can honestly say that this song saved my life, being able to relate to someone who at one time was feeling exactly the same i was at the time...just couldnt make me feel any betterthe entire album just makes me ...either smile or cry...i love the ataris and the more punk "anywhere but here" and "blue skies..." albums but i just think that emotion has never been expressed better than "end is forever"so in closing i just want to tell every hopeless romantic out there to get a hold of this cd and really listen to it...you might not like it at first but i ASSURE you it will grow on you eventually ...i love punk music, but dont expect something thats really punk, its not going to make you want to mosh right now, just listen to it and appreciate...and just get the album NOW..."