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Atom and His Package
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Background information
Birth name Adam Goren
Born (1975-01-14) January 14, 1975 (age 43)
Genres Punk rock, indie rock, synthpunk
Instruments Guitar, music sequencer, vocals
Years active 1997–current

Adam Goren (born January 14, 1975) is a musician best known as the artist Atom and His Package.

Biography[edit]

Background and music career[edit]

Goren was born in The Bronx, New York City on January 14, 1975, but grew up in Oreland, Pennsylvania. He played in several local bands as a youth. While Goren was still in school, a friend introduced him to music sequencers, and he began writing music with one in his spare time. In 1991, Goren joined the punk band Fracture until 1995. Later he started performing shows as Atom and His Package, consisting of himself, a B.C. Rich guitar, and his QY700 music sequencer.

In 1997 he released his first album, the aptly named The First CD, on Bloodlink Records. He released several more albums and EPs and has performed on several compilations and self-released EPs while touring internationally.

Personal life[edit]

In April 2003 Goren was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. This led to his decision to stop touring as Atom and His Package. Goren performed his final show under that name on August 29, 2003 in Philadelphia. After that show, he released his last album, Hair: Debatable. On Saturday, November 1, 2008, Goren performed as Atom and His Package at The Fest 7 in Gainesville, Florida and is scheduled to return for Fest 16. Goren currently plays with the band Armalite.

Music[edit]

The songs of Atom and His Package generally consist of electronic punk music put together with a sequencer. A few songs are purely instrumental. The lyrics of Goren's songs are usually humorous and most often centered around observations and off-key singing; a more punk influenced style eventually evolved.

Atom and His Package discography[edit]

Atom and His Package (1997)[edit]

Published by Bloodlink Records

A Society of People Named Elihu (1997)[edit]

Published by The Mountain Cooperative

Behold, I Shall Do A New Thing EP (1998)[edit]

Published by Vital Music Mailorder

  • Gun Court EP (1998)

Atom And His Rockage EP (1998)[edit]

Published by Wabana

Making Love (1999)[edit]

Published by No Idea Records

Shopping Spree EP (2000)[edit]

Features Har Mar Superstar

Published by Sub City

Redefining Music (2001)[edit]

Published by Hopeless Records

Hamburgers EP (2002)[edit]

Published by File 13

Attention! Blah Blah Blah (2003)[edit]

Published by Hopeless Records

Hair: Debatable (2004)[edit]

Published by Hopeless Records

Going to Ames: A Tribute to The Mountain Goats EP (2001)[edit]

A limited edition tribute album to The Mountain Goats; 500 were published.

Adam Goren continues to work with Armalite, although he maintains a website under the name of Atom.

Compilations[edit]

  • Punk Uprisings Vol. 2 (1997 Go-Kart Records)
    • "Punk Rock Academy"
  • Intellectos Manifesto (2000 Intellectos Records)
    • "Stephanie Says" (Velvet Underground cover)
  • "Flogging a Dead Cow: A Tribute to the Dead Milkmen" (2001 Superpickle)
    • "Nutrition"
  • "Hopelessly Devoted to You Vol. 4" (2002 Hopeless/Subcity Records)
    • "Upside Down From Here" (from "Redifining Music")
    • "Possession (Not the One By Danzig)" (previously unreleased)
  • Operation: Punk Rock Freedom (2003 Hopeless/Subcity Records)
    • "Mustache TV" (from "Attention! Blah Blah Blah")
  • The Shape of Flakes to Come! (2003 No Idea Records)
    • "Radon" (Radon cover)
  • "Short Attention Span" freebie spazzcore compilation (2009, Methodist Leisure Inc.)
    • "Bloody Lip" (I Hate You cover)

Appearance in popular culture[edit]

  • "Punk Rock Academy" was covered by mc chris for his 2009 album Apple Tummy
  • Throughout the four seasons of the television show The OC the character Seth Cohen has an Atom and His Package poster displayed on the wall behind his bed.
  • In the bar on the television show It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia many Atom and his Package stickers can be seen on the walls.
  • "Upside Down from Here" was covered by Math the Band on the 2008 album, Math the Band Banned the Math.
  • "(Lord It's Hard to Be Happy When You're Not Using) The Metric System" was covered by MC Lars for his 2009 album, This Gigantic Robot Kills.
  • Adam makes a cameo in the film "Good Clean Fun"
  • "I Am Downright Amazed at What I Can Destroy With Just A Hammer" was included in the snowboarding game Amped 2 on Xbox.
  • In the film She's the Man, an Atom & His Package poster can be seen on Sebastian's bedroom wall.
  • Washington DC straight edge hardcore band Good Clean Fun has toured with Atom and his Package and covered "Punk Rock Academy" and "Hats off to Halford" on their 2006 rarities compilation Crouching Tiger, Moshing Panda

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