Welcome the Night

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Welcome the Night
The Ataris - Welcome the Night cover.jpg
Studio album by The Ataris
Released February 20, 2007
Recorded 2005 at Seedy Underbelly Studios, Los Angeles, CA
Genre Alternative rock[1]
Length 52:21
Label Isola, Sanctuary
Producer Nick Launay
The Ataris chronology
Live at the Metro
Welcome the Night
Singles from Welcome the Night
  1. "Not Capable of Love"
    Released: December 19, 2006
  2. "And We All Become Like Smoke"
    Released: 2007

Welcome the Night is the fifth studio album by the band The Ataris. It is the long-delayed follow-up to the band's previous album So Long, Astoria.


With this album, The Ataris abandoned the pop punk genre and moved to the alternative rock genre.


On June 10, 2006, it was announced that the band had left Columbia Records. The band explained that they asked to be let go from their recording contract: "[since the release of So Long, Astoria,] almost every key person working at Columbia has either been fired or has quit[.] [...] We, like so many of the great people who have recently left Columbia, are not interested in remaining on a label that is in the process of being dismantled." The group mentioned that this caused a minor delay in releasing Welcome the Night.[2] On November 7, it was announced that the band started their own label, Isola Recordings, and partnered with Sanctuary Records to release Welcome the Night.[3] On November 14, "Not Capable of Love" was made available for streaming via the band's Myspace account,[4] and released to radio on the same day.[5] The song was released to iTunes on December 19, featuring "Welcome the Night" as the B-side.

Welcome the Night was released on February 20, 2007 through Isola Recordings and Sanctuary Records.[3] 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.[6] 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 video for "Not Capable of Love" was released in February. From late February to early April, the band went on their first U.S. tour in three years. They were supported by Asobi Seksu and Wax on Radio.[7]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AbsolutePunk 43% [8]
AllMusic 3/5 stars [1]
Punknews.org 3.5/5 stars [9]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars [10]

The album debuted at number 85 on the Billboard 200, selling about 10,000 copies in its first week on the chart.[11]

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


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