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Karate

Friday 20 December
The Garage

Karate

Friday 20 December

Karate make their long awaited return to tour the UK and will play at The Garage on Friday 20th December.

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At the turn of the century, Geoff Farina, Jeff Goddard, and Gavin McCarthy—known to their modest but ardent fan base as Karate—were at a crossroads. The trio had weathered the departure of a founding member, recorded three well-regarded albums, and toured two continents extensively, but were still working pick-up jobs as technical writers, delivery drivers, and screen printers. Each of them was coming to grips with both road weariness and a degree of hearing loss. “Part of me was envious of Eamonn Vitt when he left Karate in 1997 to pursue a medical career,” Farina said.

Those first three albums—Karate, In Place of Real Insight, and The Bed Is in the Ocean—were contemporary classics during emo’s late second wave, setting a slower pace against that of their rambunctious peers.

Unsolved was the first Karate album with a truly unique perspective, establishing a sonic blueprint that continued on Cancel/Sing, Some Boots, and Pockets. The band draws a clear line of demarcation in that first bluesy minute of “Small Fires,” charting a course towards the verbose and spacious.

Through the endless grind of international touring, they slowly replaced their less adventurous fanbase with an aging gaggle of chin-scratching enthusiasts. “Purposefully, we went out there to really fuck with people and say, ‘This is what we do now,” Farina said. “Somehow it worked.”

During and after the turbulent times in the Napster era of music recording and a band break up in the mid-noughties, an entire generation nearly missed Karate, their albums fetching hundreds of dollars and accessible only by dodgy YouTube rips and Mediafire links. For Karate, time nearly did expire. In working with Farina, McCarthy, Goddard, and Vitt on these reissues, Numero left no stone unturned for the 2022 and 2023 reissue editions. Every multi-track reel-to-reel mastertape, each coffee-stained contact sheet, and all the super floppy Zips have been scoured and considered. There are very few unreleased Karate songs, but “Old Codes” and “Get Reborn” were discovered on a rehearsal tape, presented in their rough form as Unsolved’s Side D.

The band reformed to perform live for the first time in 17 years in 2022 for a tour across the US, and played select festivals around the world since then.

Doors 7:00pm

Tickets £23.50 + bf

The Garage

20-22 Highbury Corner, London, N5 1RD

https://www.thegarage.london/

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