Title - 'Hang Your Head In Hope - The Acoustic Sessions'
Artist - The Ataris
For those not in the know, The Ataris are an American power punk band from Anderson, Indiana who formed in 1996 and have released (now) seven studio albums; with So Long, Astoria (2003) certified gold.
Weirdly, in 2009, an album was announced to be entitled The Graveyard of the Atlantic although the album's status has been on indefinite ambiguity, with just two EPs released in 2010 and 2012 both with the same title as the awaited album.
Regardless, The Ataris’ front man and main songwriter Kristopher Roe now takes a reflective trip through the band’s 20+ year career, transforming 17 of his power punk highlights into acoustic masterpieces!
Recorded and mixed by Bob Hoag at Flying Blanket Studio, this never-before-released collection includes acoustic renditions of several tracks from the band’s landmark 2003 album (the aforementioned So Long, Astoria), including 'In This Diary,' 'Unopened Letter To The World,' 'Eight Of Nine,' 'The Hero Dies In This One,' and many more.
2. 'Can’t Hardly Wait'
3. 'My Hotel Year'
4. 'How I Spent My Summer Vacation'
5. 'The Graveyard Of The Atlantic'
6. 'Your Boyfriend Sucks'
7. 'Eight Of Nine'
8. 'Broken Promise Ring'
9. 'The Hero Dies In This One'
10. 'All Souls’ Day'
11. 'In This Diary'
13. 'Unopened Letter To The World'
14. 'San Dimas'
15. 'Oh, Kansas City' [CD ONLY]
16. 'Soul And Fire' [CD ONLY]
17. 'From A Tower' [CD ONLY]
Ergo, Hang Your Head in Hope – The Acoustic Sessions (out now via Kung Fu Records / Cleopatra Records) is a highly imaginative expose of Roe’s songwriting skills now stripped bare and on offer to their legion of fans.
For with a band actually best known for their hit cover song, originally recorded by Don Henley, 'The Boys of Summer,' these 17 re-recordings of stripped down, laid bare songs showcase their true lyrical essence whilst at the same time offering up a whole new listening experience.
Featuring a collection of what could easily be for most all of us, the structure of some fascinating musical nostalgia from younger, simpler days, this intimate album - that actually sounds like a live private front room recording - is, quite easily, one of the most honestly emotive recordings I've heard in the past decade (or more).
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