The Ataris' lead singer Kris Roe has always been a softy compared to his pop punk peers. From crooning love songs for Claire Danes: "Ever since I saw you / on My So-Called Life / I've been writing you these letters / asking you to be my wife," to lamenting his broken heart in songs like, "The Last Song I Will Ever Write About a Girl," Roe charmed the late-'90s lasses with his pierced-lip vulnerability.
The video for "Summer Wind Was Always Our Song," off The Ataris' third full-length End is Forever, is a blast back to the early aughts, with an aloof bleached-blonde chick in red lipstick and a baby-T sucking on an appletini as Roe vies for her attention.
And though The Ataris will forever be preserved in the memories and on the mix-tapes of lovelorn pop-punkers, on Wednesday, July 28, you can catch Roe and Co. in the flesh at the Red Room Tavern. Describing the throw-back vibe of their latest yet-to-be-released album The Graveyard of the Atlantic, Roe told Cincinnati's City Beat: "My favorite shows [involve] people spilling beer on your pedals, dog piling and sharing the microphone. [The next album's] songs bleed that vibe."
Now that way-back fans of The Ataris are officially old enough to drink, that beer spilling has become a lot more probable.
Wednesday, July 28, With Gasoline Heart, All Hands Go and Strings and Chemicals. 8 p.m., $10, The Red Room Tavern, 601 W. Main St., 208-343-7034.