The Ataris frontman Kris Roe channeled his reminiscences and reflections of growing up into ‘So Long, Astoria’, the California band’s major-label breakthrough album that provides the soundtrack for straddling the line between the bliss of adolescence and the binds of adulthood. “For me, this record was a step outside myself and a look at what really is important about life,” he tells Cary Darling of the Miami Herald. “In the past, I’d focus on personal relationships, and less on things other than that. Overall, in my life, the things that are important are family and friends. A few years prior to this record, I’d been living a selfish life. It was time for me to leave some things behind and just take the next step and grow up a little bit more.”
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