The Ataris / Sugarcult / Autopilot Off / Rufio

The Ataris/Sugarcult/Autopilot Off/Rufio: live in Chicagolive in Chicago (2002)
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Reviewer Rating: 3.5

Contributed by: MeganMegan
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Due to an insanely long line to get into the venue, my friend and I arrived to the show in the middle of Rufio's set, right as they were playing‚?¶ "Like a Prayer" by Madonna? Whoa‚?¶ I could be wrong, but I really don't think that half of the audience had even been born when that song broke. Other than that, Rufio's set blended completely into one continuous song. The sound was boring and typical of all the other pop punk bands today, kind of like Autopilot Off. I'm sorry, but I couldn't tell the difference between APO and Rufio. The generic sound made me want to jump off the balcony in frustration.

Sugarcult played third and I held very low expectations for them because each time I've seen this band over the past year and a half they've progressively grown worse. They couldn't even measure up to my dismal expectations. The playing wasn't up to par, the vocals were off, the execution was sloppy. The eye makeup and the mohawk need to go. What's up Good Charlotte? The set list, for those who care, was: Saying Goodbye, Debbie Was a Lesbian, Killing Me, Hate Every Beautiful Day, Stuck in America, Daddy's Little Defect, Pretty Girl (with a breakdown of Nelly's "Hot in Here" gag me please), How Does it Feel?, and Bouncing off the Walls.

Thank God for the Ataris, because my hatred for this show was growing beyond control. The band took the stage to an audio clip from A Bronx Tale and they made this entire show worthwhile. The band's performance was totally on. It's a shame that it seemed like most of the fans were there for Sugarcult. The band ripped through their set with precision and consistent energy. Their performance totally blew me away and I'd definitely recommend checking them out on this tour if you get the chance (don't bother getting there early though, you'll save yourself from some horrid music). Make sure to grab their new disc, "So Long Astoria" when it comes out in the spring as well.

The Set List was:
Your Boyfriend Sucks
Takeoffs and Landings
IOU One Galaxy
I Won't Spend Another Night Alone
Fast Times at Dropout High
Teenage Riot
Unopened Letter to the World
Summer Wind was Always our Song
Boxcar (Jawbreaker cover that totally rocked me)
Make it Last
The Last Song I Will Ever Write About a Girl
My Hotel Year
San Dimas High School Football Rules


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ihavechappedlips (June 12, 2004)

I like all these bands. This would be like a dream tour. They are all among my favorite bands, The Ataris being the least. They are good though. the guys in Sugarcult are hilarious. How can you not like a band named after a group of lesbians? Autopilot Off is amazing. Their new album Make A Sound blew me away. Rufio is awesome. Their vocalist has a good voice its just kinda hard to understand. Rufio got started because they were tired of seeing their friends feel so down so they wanted to help them and this is how they did it. Through their music. Music is such an influential thing.

Anonymous (December 7, 2002)

For emo that's been done before sooo many times, Rufio had something APO didn't seem to. Honesty. Their music had a tangible quality, you almost felt like you could touch it. Rufio thumbs up!

APO...hmm...where to start? Just don't see them. Period.

Sugarcult, not a emo or pop punk band get points for being cool. They jelled well with the crowd, getting people interested, and played ROCK. Not emo, not pop punk but rock. It's been a while since I've heard a rock band (last time was Midtown) and Sugarcult revives my faith in the genre.

Ataris? What can be said that hasn't already? Kris Roe is a awesome guy, the band is amazing live and they also jelled with the crowd. No pits, but then again, this wasn't much of a circle pit concert.

All in all, well worth the 13.50

Anonymous (November 25, 2002)

I agree with the last post. Don't judge people because of the clothes they wear. I wouldn't want someone looking down on me because of the way I dressed - punk or otherwise.

"the bland as hell openers couldnt stop the elite few of us that actually came to see a punk show from having a good time"

Punk rock makes you elite? A better class than everyone else? I'm confused... Who's looking down on who now, snob?

rockinout (November 25, 2002)

its not valid to judge someone by their abercrombie shirt. jerk.

newdollarbuilding (November 25, 2002)

"They have made it this far without signing to a major label, even under their circumstances."
Uh... hate to break it to ya, but if I recall correctly, they signed to Columbia about a year ago.I might've actually been disappointed had I not grown out of The Ataris' mediocre pop-punk shit a long time ago.

Anonymous (November 25, 2002)

the funniest part about these guys saying that the show was "dissapointing" is the fact that they actualy had good expectations to begin with. ataris suck. period. go cry somewhere else

Anonymous (November 23, 2002)

I went to the ataris show im minneapolis, and i was pretty disappointed. the first three acts, rufio, sugarcult, and autopilot off were so bland it made me sick. even worse was the crowd that came. the place was packed, needless to say, but my friend and i were two of the only people actually rocking out in the pit. the crowd sucked! it was all preppy suburbanite kids that pulled out that never worn old shirt they bought at the warped tour last summer. I even saw one kid wearing an Abercrombie shirt! Jesus fuckin Christ! Despite all of this, the ataris played a very good show. the shitty crowd and the bland as hell openers couldnt stop the elite few of us that actually came to see a punk show from having a good time. Although, there is a correlation between bands that only write about one thing-girls, and only play the expected pop-punk sound, that has been so embraced by MTV and pop-culture. The Ataris, i believe, will become even more successful in the future. But I am not worried about them, good luck to them. They have made it this far without signing to a major label, even under their circumstances. As for the other three at the show... lets hope the main-stream doesnt catch on to them. I would hate to loath a band that i paid good money to see as much as i do Blink 182 or Sum-41.

Anonymous (November 22, 2002)

i'm not much of an Ataris fan anymore, but i don't like to bash them because they were one of the first bands I liked. I think i stopped liking them because of End is Forever.

Anonymous (November 22, 2002)

"Music is about originality and expression, talent is always a good thing too, but the first two are most important."
What the hell? If I made a concept album of the sound of my shit hitting a snare drum, then by your definition I would be a great artist. Its original and its an expression of the release in my bowels. Sign me to a major!

Anonymous (November 21, 2002)

i met the rufio guys in texas when they came through with poison the well and strung out and they were some of the nicest guys i've ever met. really funny too. i can see how people would write their music off, but when you really listen to it, its a lot more technical than most pop punk. the drummer is really, really good too.

yeah, sugarcult looks like they just got back from a fashion show. their music blows too.

is that guy in autopilot off bald?

aside from a few mediocre songs, the ataris are boring.

Anonymous (November 21, 2002)

All of these bands are complete crap, you might as well go to a fucking nsync concert, its all the same old shit; a couple of pussy guys who whine about girls and make shitloads of money... I wouldn't goto that show if someone paid me

Huey (November 21, 2002)

Whaaaaaaat? The Ataris closed their show with "San Dimas?" Wow! They NEVER play that song at shows! WoW!@#*@U$!)_#@$#* -Scott

...Says the elitist scenester who gives The Ataris shit, yet praises such bands as Brand New. Hey man, to each his own!

Anonymous (November 21, 2002)

like a prayer? that's a good fucking song... h2o covers it too.

Anonymous (November 21, 2002)

yea, u really can tell who the kids here. I can deal w/ the ataris but i can't stand how every one of their songs is about love and how they can't keep a relationship. If that is the only way to express themselves, then that is pathetic otherwise, i don't like the ataris that much

Anonymous (November 21, 2002)

I agree even tho i hold even lower standards for rufio then sugarcult but then again all the "kids" love the ataris, i personally think they are kind of bland. next band i'm in im going to write a bunch of cheesy stupid songs about girls and call myself a song writer

waste_elite (November 21, 2002)

and atticus aint cool

waste_elite (November 21, 2002)

ashtray monument has to be the best jawbreaker song

TJmoney (November 20, 2002)

and the casualties...at least they've got the nice big punky spike hair thing going for them??? O

TJmoney (November 20, 2002)

1234 who's punk what's the score?

BostonMusicGuy (November 20, 2002)

Boxcar is my favorite of all jawbreaker songs, pretty much sums up everybody on this site in my mind. The Ataris however suck... a lot. You all know I enjoy a little pop-punk every once in a while... but seriously... the Ataris are no good, neither are APO or Rufio i kinda like Sugarcult but they arent good either. Anyway, what Im trying to say is... this was a worthless show.-BostonMusicGuy

Anonymous (November 20, 2002)

A jawbreaker cover is a great idea, and boxcar is a great song....
it's too bad ataris had to do it..

Anonymous (November 20, 2002)

Does anyone else think it is awesome that they did a Jawbreaker cover? Especially since it is off one of the greatest albums of the 1990s...

Anonymous (November 20, 2002)

i agreed with hamish. stupid page refresh bullshit.


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Anonymous (November 20, 2002)

ok, someone down there said to check out the band, name taken. i am just gonna save everyone here from listening to that bland, emo-rock rip off. they are really a terrible band, and those guys think they are really cool and hip, and wear cool clothes like atticus. ummm...no. they suck. dont bother, and the lead singer is a pussy.

Hamish (November 20, 2002)

"your just a dick who can't listen to any music if its not to his/her exact standards."

Now maybe my grasp of the english language isn't as good as yours (I didn't realize "your" could be used in place of "you're"!), but I think the definition of "standards" is a level of quality you expect from something. So if something isn't up to your standards, that must mean you don't think it's very good. So why would she listen to something that she doesn't think is very good? I swear, the posters on these boards are making me lose hope for the future of the human race.

Anonymous (November 20, 2002)

your a fickin idiot. that show was good, you just have bad taste or your tone def. just because you think the sugarcult drummer's mohawk is "uncool" doesn't mean its gotta go. your just a dick who can't listen to any music if its not to his/her exact standards. Rufio did not suck , the cover to the madonna song was good and you need to think twice before submitting stupid comments about shit you don't know.

Anonymous (November 20, 2002)

I love how you can pick out the kids on the site...


Anonymous (November 20, 2002)

"Hardcore punk like the casualities"

What the hell are you smoking?

Anonymous (November 20, 2002)

the casualties have some of the shittiest lyrics i've ever read

Drummadict (November 20, 2002)

I don't care what you guys say at all. I like the Ataris as much as i like hardcore punk like the casualties and other stuff like that, anyone person who says that the ataris aren't punk needs a life b/c people need to know that there are many different kinds of punk, not just one. To me, all punk is good punk. Later

Anonymous (November 20, 2002)

As much as I think the Ataris still belong at the bottom of the bill, I'm happy that they have their own shows, so they don't play others like when they opened for Lagwagon.

I really don't like the Ataris, but because I don't have to see them in concert again, I guess I'm pleased.

Anonymous (November 20, 2002)

Fuck this stuff....it doesn't matter what kind of music it is....it just sucks terribly. The guitarist is boring, the singer is boring AND annoying, the lyrics are pathetic and on top of it all they have zero energy. Bad Music. It doesn't matter what kind of music it is. This isn't some "I'm Mr. Punker" comment, I just think this music sucks. Just as I think the Exploited suck. Music is about originality and expression, talent is always a good thing too, but the first two are most important. Now let all the little kids come on here and tell me how I think I'm a super punk and all kinds of shit I didn't say. Like what you want, but I find this the worst kind of music, well, country is pretty bad too.

Anonymous (November 19, 2002)

you need a boy friend..your review says that..ha...

TJmoney (November 19, 2002)

the ataris always play san dimas...they always have someone from the crowd come up and play guitar for it. unless times have changed...I might go to this show when it comes to orlando...(minus 10 punk points from me and give them to the person that stole a sugarcult pen for afi autograph)...you're so punk.

Anonymous (November 19, 2002)

"The Ataris closed their show with "San Dimas?"

Wow! They NEVER play that song at shows!"

they played it when i saw them a few years ago.
blue skies... is a classic album. i love it- it's got great memories attatched. i'm not much of a fan anymore, or even of that genre so much, but i still love that album.

Anonymous (November 19, 2002)

ahh ok, i agree with everyone else. you like the ataris...and not rufio? i really dont get it. i met some of the guys from rufio at the trocadero and they were awesome. really nice guys in general. the ataris arent bad, if youre in the mood for depressing break up songs, but i doubt theyre the best of all those bands. but whatever, your opinion.

punkcorekid (November 19, 2002)

OK, I wasn't gonna comment on this, but I have to. I agree that Rufio's singer couldn't sing his way out of a paper bag, but the music is great and the guy said that about the riff to "Above Me" by Rufio, you're gay. Sugarcult suck and the Autopilot Off stuff I've heard isn't bad or great. The Ataris don't sound like AP or Rufio and how can you not like a band that has a song named after a line in a Bill and Ted movie ?

Anonymous (November 19, 2002)

i think its funny that every review that Megan writes, the commenters always manage to think she's a guy.

Anonymous (November 19, 2002)

My brain explodes to a million pieces whenever I hear the Ataris.

Anonymous (November 19, 2002)

All shit.....all shit.

Anonymous (November 19, 2002)

Yeah, I don't know how the hell this guy can hate Autopilot Off and love The Ataris. The Ataris are one of the worst, overrated bands in punk. All they do is bitch about girls, I mean jesus christ, what's that one gay ass song they have? Something about dreaming about disney land? Man that song is fucking gay.


Anonymous (November 19, 2002)

Ewwww! I agree with someone below me that Sugarcult are a bunch of egomaniacs. I aw Tim and he kept blowing off his fans, they come off as bastards. However, I think that Autopilot Off is quite good and they are the only reason I attended that concert. I don't know, I just don't understand how you can hate all those bands, and like The Ataris, they have the same sound. So in conclusion, I agree with the majority on this board when I say you are one fucked up mo fo.

Anonymous (November 19, 2002)

This reviewer is a dumbass. I don't see how he can bash Rufio and APO and then love The Ataris. They are one of the most generic, boring bands I've ever heard. The guys from Rufio are good musicians who deserve more respect.


And for anybody who likes Rufio check out Name Taken. These guys rock!

Anonymous (November 19, 2002)

I dislike all these bands, I have seen them all before except for the Ataris, whom I ignored at the warped tour. All very generic, all sing about girls too much. I stole a pen from Sugarcult to get Davey Havoc to sign something once...fuck yeah.

Anonymous (November 19, 2002)

Even though I don't care for their music, Rufio are really nice guys. The Ataris are whack.


WussEmoRock (November 19, 2002)

to the anonymous person a few below...it is quite common for a band on a tour to open their set with the same intro before they dive into the music, it isn't a "new" thing.

To the first guy, Blue Skys is 5 million times better than end is forever, EIF sucked.

Lastly...how could you hate rufio and apo and sort of like but not really sugarcult. if you ask me, rufio and apo are a lot better than sugarcult. hell all 4 of these bands are the same


Hamish (November 19, 2002)

Line-ups for tours really don't get much worse than this one.

TheBouncingSoul (November 19, 2002)

i saw sugarcult in rockford too....they fucking sucked

Anonymous (November 19, 2002)

How do you hate Rufio and autopilot Off yet still shit yourself over the Ataris. They are all some lame and derivitive of every other popular "punk" music out there now. It's bullshit. Go suck a donkey's dick in hell.

Anonymous (November 19, 2002)

I think the Ataris played the exact same set when they were in Denver with the exception of a song or two. Even the Bronx Tale clip was the same. And for the post below me, the Rufio lyrics are "you're graceful, you're grace falls, down around me in my eyes, you're lovely, you're love leaves, so easily in my eyes."

Geetarchick (November 19, 2002)

i'm ok with rufio because they have better guitar stuff and bass lines than other pop punk bands that have three chords and invisible basslines.. so i give them props for that. that singer's gotta go though. I'm not huge on Autopilot off... and Sugarcult... they have some HUGE egos from what i could tell when i saw them in Rockford in august... As for the ataris, i wanted to see them. And actually, i had a ticket to this show. And i sold it. So i guess i didn't miss much by not going to this show.

Anonymous (November 18, 2002)

god i can not fucking stand rufio.. they are getting pretty bog in vegas and this shit needs to stop. i mean, i can put up with shit music everyonce in a while, but listening to rufio makes me want to kill myself. they're lyrics are so corny and nasally sounding i want to end my life everytime my friend puts in perhaps i suppose and i hear that shitty riff from above. come on, here is a little peice of rufios lyrical capabilities "your grace falls, your grace falls, down around me in my arms, your lovely, your lovely" and it goes on. imagine those chipmonks singing that to a fast punk rock style beat and thats what rufio is. complete shit.

Anonymous (November 18, 2002)

I wish they would play "My So Called Life." That song is so good.

I went to the Pittsburgh stop of this tour, and I pretty much agree with the review. It all sucked until the Ataris. Plus, someone BIT me during the Sugarcult set and yelled at me telling me to move.

oh well, the Ataris made it worth it. Even though deep down I hope they fail and go to Fat Wreck or something, I gotta wish them luck on their major label debut. The two songs they played sounded really good, seems like it's gonna be alot like Blue Skies (although I wish it was more like End is Forever, which I believe is their best album).

Anonymous (November 18, 2002)

No one born when that song broke? HA! Those kids must be only 12 years old, shit. Atari's are pop, they suck ass, can't stand their whinney voice. The others are just ok.

maverick (November 18, 2002)


The Ataris closed their show with "San Dimas?"

Wow! They NEVER play that song at shows!



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