Background and career
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. In 1991, Goren joined the punk band Fracture. He played with them until 1995, when the band broke up. At the time, he was in the last year of earning his B.A. in neuroscience at Wesleyan University. While Goren was still in school, a friend introduced him to music sequencers, and he began writing music with one in his spare time. Goren would go on to earn a Master's degree in education from the University of Pennsylvania and become certified to teach high school chemistry and biology.
When Goren left Wesleyan, his friends in the band Franklin asked him to open for a few of their shows and he agreed. This marked the rise of Goren's identity as Atom and His Package, consisting of himself, a B.C. Rich guitar, and his QY700 music sequencer, also known as "the Package."
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. At one point, Goren gathered a small band to do actual punk covers of his songs and he released an EP of a live performance with this band, calling it "Atom and His Rockage." He completed tours in several countries, including the United States, Canada, Japan, Belgium, England and Australia.
In April 2003, Goren learned his wife was expecting a child. At about the same time, he also 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, which included a bonus DVD of that final show. On Saturday, November 1 2008, Goren performed as Atom and His Package at The Fest 7 in Gainesville, Florida.
Goren currently plays with the band Armalite. He taught at William Penn Charter School, located in Philadelphia (East Falls), Pennsylvania until 2009. He now teaches chemistry and physics at the Shipley School located in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.
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 on mundane annoyances of daily life (some of which are purposely only relevant to Goren himself). Goren sings in a distinctive off-key manner. In his later years both his music and his singing became harder and more distinctly "punk" sounding, while his earlier music is generally more light-hearted and silly.
Many songs of Atom and His Package sample or borrow lyrics from various pop singles of the 1980's and early 1990's, including artists such as Eddie Money and Joni Mitchell. Goren has released numerous covers as well.
Atom and His Package discography
- The First CD (1997) (Bloodlink Records)
- A Society of People Named Elihu (1997) (The Mountain Cooperative)
- Behold, I Shall Do A New Thing EP (1998) (Vital Music Mailorder)
- Gun Court EP (1998)
- Atom And His Rockage EP (1998)
- Making Love (1999) (No Idea Records)
- Shopping Spree EP (2000) (with Har Mar Superstar) (Sub City)
- Redefining Music (2001) (Hopeless Records)
- Hamburgers EP (2002) (File 13)
- Attention! Blah Blah Blah (2003) (Hopeless Records)
- Hair: Debatable (2004) (Hopeless Records)
- Going to Ames: A Tribute to The Mountain Goats EP (2001) limited to 500
Making Love was re-issued in 2005.
Adam Goren continues to work with Armalite, although he maintains a website under the name of Atom.
- Operation: Punk Rock Freedom (2003 Hopeless/Subcity Records)
- "Mustache TV" (from "Attention! Blah Blah Blah")
- "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)
- "Flogging a Dead Cow: A Tribute to the Dead Milkmen"(2001 Superpickle)
- Punk Uprisings Vol.2
- "Punk Rock Academy"
- Carpenter, Josh. "Atom and His Package: Under Fire!". Retrieved May 18, 2005.
- Rapa, Patrick. "Atom's Last Blast". Retrieved May 18, 2005.
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