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9 tracks, 38mins. Karate's 1996 eponymous debut longplayer is more than a vital footnote. See how the seeds of their majesty germinate on classic tracks Gasoline and Bad Tattoo.
Karate's start was not much different than other bands around during the early Nineties. Familiar signs hanging in record stores saying "drummer seeks," "guitarist needed," "bassist wanted," brought these folks together in September of 1993 in Boston. By 1996 the band had fine-tuned their skills and had three 7 inch releases under their belts, in addition to having played a plethora of live shows including some opening slots for Fugazi and the Warmers.
This is a band that wears their emotions on their sleeves. Lyrics come from inside; avoiding cliches. Guitars build like waves of emotions; bass lines flow as a strong undercurrent; and the drums hold it together. Hauntingly melodic chord changes, a multitude of dynamics, and passionately edged vocals are words with which Karate paint their pictures. But, music that is this dynamic and intelligent stands on its own merits without the help of categorisation. This is honest music that gets under your skin.
Geoff Farina vocals, guitar
Eammon Vitt bass, guitar
Gavin McCarthy drums
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