The Ataris/Sugarcult/Autopilot Off/Rufio - live in Chicago (Cover Artwork)
Staff Review

The Ataris / Sugarcult / Autopilot Off / Rufio

live in Chicago (2002)

live show

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