Audio Karate

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Audio Karate
Origin Rosemead, California, USA
Genres Pop punk(early)
Indie rock
Years active 1995–2005
2009–present
Labels Kung Fu Records, Animal Style Records
Members Arturo Barrios
Anthony Leach
Justo Gonzalez
Gabriel Camacho
Past members Jason Camacho

Audio Karate is a pop punk/indie rock band from Rosemead, California.

History[edit]

Audio Karate signed to Kung Fu Records in fall 2001. They put out their debut album, Space Camp, on May 14, 2002. The album featured the songs "Nintendo 89," "Rosemead," and "Senior Year." After the release of Space Camp, Audio Karate toured the world with bands such as The Ataris, NOFX, Blink-182.

After the heavy touring, the band decided to take a break to write their next record. The result was an album named Lady Melody that was produced by Bill Stevenson of the Descendents. Lady Melody was released on June 1, 2004 on Kung Fu Records. Lady Melody is considered a much darker and angrier record than Space Camp. After the release of the record the band began to tour non-stop in support of it. At the end of the year, the band announced that they would take a "vacation".[1] In 2005 a rumor spread that the band had broken up and this was later proven to be true[citation needed].

On October 15, 2006 Audio Karate updated their fans via a blog entry on their MySpace page. The entry stated that vocalist/guitarist Arturo Barrios & guitarist Jason Camacho are writing the soundtrack to an independent movie titled "Maquillaje", a dark movie about botched love and suicide. It is directed by Marcial Rios, a friend of the band. The film is done entirely in Spanish. The music that they are writing for the movie doesn't sound like the typical Audio Karate songs; most of the songs have been fueled by heavy drinking. They also mentioned that they are working on a new album, but they don't know when it will be coming out, or when they will be able to go on tour again.

In 2009, the band resurfaced and reunited, releasing several new tracks through their Myspace page, but with no further news of an album release.

On January 5, 2011 Gabriel posted on Twitter, "Audio Karate 2011 back in the Studio.... Interesting news to the 6 followers i have! Somebody get this twitter thing spreadin the word!" Audio Karate can be followed @theAudioKarate.[2]

News of the return surfaced on Absolutepunk.net on January 13, 2011 [3]

As of July 11, 2011 the band formerly known as Audio Karate has picked up a new guitar player and piano player and has officially changed their name to Indian School, their newest single can be found http://ewokteethrecords.bandcamp.com/track/indian-school-elvis. The new Indian School EP Titled "The Cruelest Kind" was released physically in January 2012 by Walnut Tree Records in the UK, and digitally by Ewok Teeth Records in the US.

"The Cruelest Kind" was re-released on vinyl on September 25, 2012.

Currently, Indian School is attempting to raise money for a tour bus using the website Kickstarter: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/indianschool/help-indian-school-formerly-audio-karateget-a-van?ref=home_location

As of May 2014, Indian School is in the process of recording their debut album.

Band members[edit]

  • Arturo Barrios - vocals, guitar (1995–2005, 2009–present)
  • Anthony Leach - guitar (2009–present)
  • Justo Gonzalez - bass, backing vocals (1995–2005, 2009–present)
  • Gabriel Camacho - drums, percussion (1995–2005, 2009–present)
  • Jason Camacho - guitar (1995–2005)

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Demo (2000)
  • Space Camp (May 14, 2002)
  • Lady Melody (June 1, 2004)
  • The Cruelest Kind - EP (January 2012) (As Indian School)

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