Halloween Night I had the opportunity to see one of my all time favorite albums performed in its entirety. The album I am mentioning is ‘So Long, Astoria’ by The Ataris. This album is well written from start to finished. I still own a physical copy that I’ve listened to so many times it skips during different songs.
The lineup included a band called GODDAMNIT who are a post-punk band from the Philadelphia area. During their set the brought a band they were touring with called Traverse to play with them. Traverse happens to be a band hailing all the way from Paris, France. The band before the Ataris was a band I have seen a few times called Aspiga who are from Southern New Jersey.
The Ataris brought all the energy. Their frontman Kris Roe came out on stage dressed as a member of DEVO which was pretty fun. I have seen this album performed before and I can honestly say It will never get old. Celebrating 15 years since the release the band played song after song from this album. The last song Kris joined the crowd in the pit to join him in singing the lyrics. It was a moment that doesn’t happen to often with most venues having barriers and restrictions.
Here are the photos from the set.