Born in 1999, The Atari Star is the brainchild of Marc Ruvolo and Davey Houle, both of whom run Chicago independent music label Johann’s Face Records. Marc is a veteran of the Chicago music scene having fronted and written songs for punk bands No Empathy and Traitors. The Atari Star’s songs, however, chronicle a whole new chapter for him: literate, powerful songs which can inform as easily as thrill. Drummer Davey Houle also doubles as the Johann’s Face in-house graphic designer. He’s worked with such notable artists as the Smoking Popes and Alkaline Trio. Bass player Rob Vester came on board in 2001 rounding out the trio’s sound and establishing himself as a solid songwriting partner and invaluable multi-instrumentalist.