Rock outfit the Ataris has signed a new deal with Sanctuary, which will release the group's new album, "Welcome to the Night," in February via the band's own Isola Recordings imprint. First single "Not Capable of Love" will be delivered this month to U.S. radio outlets.
"Welcome to the Night" is the follow-up to the band's lone album for Columbia, 2003's "So Long Astoria," which has sold 676,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That set spawned a hit cover of Don Henley's "The Boys of Summer" plus the Modern Rock-charting "In This Diary" and "The Saddest Song."
"As you know, we left Columbia Records a few months back after almost every key person who worked on our last album ... was either fired or quit," the band wrote last week on its MySpace.com site. "Although 'So Long Astoria' sold nearly a million copies on Columbia, and we are grateful for that, we decided that we did not want to put ourselves in a typical artist/label arrangement again. Luckily, we found a situation with Sanctuary Records Group and their distributor RED that allows us to control our own destiny."