Burning Stars: Last time we spoke you were still working on, The Graveyard Of The Atlantic. Has the album been completed yet and
when should fans expect it's release?
Mike Davenport (bass): The album is still not finished. Kris is having trouble getting proper inspiration to finish the lyrics. The new plan
is for Kris to move back to Santa Barbara after the tour and work with my Versus The World producer Thom Flowers and finally get the
album done and out.
BS: Currently you are out on the So Long, Astoria Anniversary Tour. How has the tour been going thus far? Are there any highlights
you would like to share?
Mike: The tour has been nothing short of amazing. Probably ten times better than expected, turn out and response. Every night is a
new adventure and highlight. Really the only bummer is that it cannot go on forever.
BS: This is the first time you have all played together since 2005. What made you guys want to reunite and do this tour? Do you think
you might ever do shows again together in the future or is this a one time deal?
Mike: Well after 11 years of playing together we needed a break from each other and we needed to find ourselves as musician and
men. After about 5 years apart we started missing each other and working out the idea of the reunion tour. It's hard having four
separate lives to try to coordinate a couple months we can all commit to each other so really that was the biggest obstacle. As far as
the future this is going so good I don't see this being the only time this happens but life is complicated you never know so get it while
BS: Versus The World, Drag The River and Authority Zero are opening the shows on this tour. How did you decide on these bands to
join the tour?
Mike: Versus The World is my band for the last 9 years so it was a no brainer when Kris asked if we would open. Drag and Authority
are long time close friends and what we wanted most from this tour was to hang out and play rock shows with old friends and not bands
that are strangers.
BS: Will there be a live dvd or anything released of this tour?
Mike: I'm not sure yet. We have recorded a lot of the shows audio and visual but I'm not sure what will come of it.
BS: You are starting to release all of your past albums on vinyl and even have one for sale on tour, but I haven't seen anything about
So Long, Astoria being released on vinyl as of yet. Do you have any plans to release it on vinyl? If so, when do you think it will be
Mike: It has all been finalized for release by the end of the summer. It was a bit harder to hammer out a deal with Colombia but it's all
done and moving forward now.
BS: Since the band formed in 1995, what has been the most memorable experience you have had?
Mike: Wow there are a lot of great memories to choose from but really the reunion tour we are on now is right at the top. It's been truely
BS: If you could have one super power for a day, what would it be? And would you use it for good or evil?
MIke: I would love to have the ability to never hear that question again and that is for the good of the world.
BS: Currently what is playing on your ipod?
Mike: Steve Earle, The Smoking Popes and Taylor Swift
BS: What are your plans after this tour ends?
Mike: Recording the new Versus The World record Homesick, Roadsick. It will be out beginning of 2015 gonna be awesome!!!
BS: Is there anything else you would like to add or say to your fans?
Mike: Please come out to one of the reunion shows it is a can't miss experience for anyone who likes The Ataris and check out Versus
The World if you have not. Thank you.
The Ataris interview & photo by: Maureen Benedict