Welcome the Night

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Welcome the Night
Studio album by The Ataris
Released February 20, 2007
Recorded 2005 at Seedy Underbelly Studios, Los Angeles, CA
Genre Alternative rock, indie rock
Length 52:21
Label Isola Recordings
Producer Nick Launay
The Ataris chronology
So Long, Astoria
Welcome the Night
The Graveyard of the Atlantic
Singles from Welcome the Night
  1. "Not Capable of Love"
    Released: December 19, 2006
  2. "And We All Become Like Smoke"
    Released: 2007
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AbsolutePunk 43% link
Allmusic 3/5 stars link
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars link

Welcome the Night is the fifth studio album by The Ataris, the long delayed follow-up to the previous release So Long, Astoria and marks the departure from melodic punk style to a more indie alternative rock. It was originally scheduled to be released in 2005 but the release date had been pushed back to 2007 due to the inner dissipation of the band's now former label Columbia records. In late 2006 the band were finally granted release from their contract allowing them to start their own label, Isola Recordings, partnering with Sanctuary Records.

On December 19, 2006 the single/EP "Not Capable of Love" was released on iTunes to mixed reviews. It had the single "Not Capable of Love" as the first track and the B-side "Welcome the Night" as the second.

The album was released on February 20, 2007 on isola recordings / Sanctuary Records. The video for "Not Capable of Love" was released in February 2007. Early pressings of the CD purchased at Best Buy contained a bonus disc with "The First Elegy" as track one and "Sonnet for the Early Departed" as track two. Also, early pressings of the CD purchased at Target contain the bonus track "The Ghost of Last December". The special edition of this album, sold in Canada and Europe by HMV, contains "Welcome the Night" and "The Ghost of Last December" as bonus tracks.*

The album debuted at number 85 on the Billboard 200, selling about 10,000 copies in its first week on the chart.[1]

For the release of this album The Ataris partnered with the developer of the hugely popular computer game World of Warcraft, Blizzard Entertainment, for a contest encouraging fans of the band, the game, and the medium of machinima to produce music videos of songs from the album using the Warcraft intellectual properties and animation engine.

The album release brought the immediate disbanding leaving Roe as the sole member.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Kris Roe

Welcome the Night
No. Title Music Length
1. "Not Capable of Love"   Roe 3:29
2. "Cardiff-by-the-Sea"   Roe 4:12
3. "New Year's Day"   Roe, John Collura 3:13
4. "Secret Handshakes"   Roe 3:42
5. "The Cheyenne Line"   Roe, Collura 3:11
6. "And We All Become Like Smoke"   Roe, Collura 3:59
7. "Connections are More Dangerous Than Lies"   Roe 2:59
8. "Whatever Lies Will Help You Rest"   Roe, Sean Hansen 3:32
9. "From the Last, Last Call"   Roe 4:09
10. "When All Else Fails It Fails"   Roe, Collura 3:34
11. "A Soundtrack for This Rainy Morning"   Roe, Collura, Hansen, Paul Carabello, Angus Cooke, Bob Hoag 4:47
12. "Begin Again from the Beginning"   Roe, Collura 5:39
13. "Act V, Scene IV: and So It Ends Like It Began"   Roe, Collura 5:56
No. Title Length
1. "Sonnet for the Early Departed"   5:59
2. "The Driftwood Sinn"   3:48
3. "The First Elegy"   2:17
4. "The Ghost of Last December"   3:13
5. "Welcome the Night"   3:27
6. "Oh, Kansas City"   2:50




  • Nick Launay - Production
  • Tim Palmer - Mixing
  • Thom Flowers - Production (on "Not Capable of Love", "New Year's Day" and "Connections are More Dangerous Than Lies")
  • Paul David Hagar - Mixing (on "Not Capable of Love", "New Year's Day" and "Connections are More Dangerous Than Lies")
  • Stever Marcussen - Mastering


  1. ^ Katie Hasty, "Norah Stays Tight At No. 1 Amidst Slow Sales Week", Billboard.com, February 28, 2007.