When it comes to pop-punk, bassist Mike Davenport says he's a lifer. Davenport went from playing in local Santa Barbara bands in the early '90s to joining The Ataris, to touring the world and then on to form his current project, alt-punk band Versus the World.
The Ataris play Bottom of the Hill March 8 and 9.
After 10 years, Davenport will reunite with singer-guitarist Kris Roe, drummer Chris Knapp, and guitarist John Collura -- The Ataris' classic lineup -- for one tour only to perform their platinum-selling album, So Long, Astoria. That major-label debut featured fan favorites, "The Saddest Song," "In This Diary," and the band's pop-punk update of Don Henley's "Boys of Summer." The Ataris hit the road of nostalgia with punk veterans Authority Zero, Drag the River, Versus the World, and Gasoline Heart, and come to Bottom of the Hill for two nights, this Saturday and Sunday, March 8 and 9. Davenport took some time in between rehearsals to discuss the "aha moments" of being a musician, transitioning from an indie to major record label, and getting away with murder on tour.