Karate (band)

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Karate
OriginBoston, Massachusetts, United States
GenresIndie rock, post-rock, jazz fusion, blues rock, emo
Years active1993–2005
LabelsSouthern, The Numero Group
Associated actsApology, Jones Very, The Lune, The Secret Stars, Ardecore, Glorytellers, Exit Verse, E, Chris Brokaw
Websitekarateallston.bandcamp.com
Past membersGeoff Farina
Eamonn Vitt
Gavin McCarthy
Jeff Goddard

Karate was an American band, formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1993 by Geoff Farina, Eamonn Vitt and Gavin McCarthy, with Jeff Goddard joining in 1995. The band split up in 2005.

The band was characterized by fusion of indie rock, emo, post-hardcore, post-rock and jazz, with the jazz influence becoming more dominant in later releases.[1]

History[edit]

In 1993, Karate was formed by Geoff Farina (vocals, guitar), Eamonn Vitt (bass) and Gavin McCarthy (drums). In 1995, Jeff Goddard joined the band as bass player, and Vitt moved to second guitar. Previously in 1988, after moving to Chicago, Goddard had form the band Jones Very, with Vic Bondi and Jamie Van Bramer.[2][3]

Vitt departed Karate to pursue a medical career in 1997.[4]

Their music was primarily released on Southern Records.[when?][5]

Break-up[edit]

Farina developed hearing problems due to twelve years of performance with Karate and was forced to disband the group in July 2005. Disbanding with fanfare the group had recorded six studio albums and had almost seven hundred performances in twenty countries.[6] Their final show was played in Rome, Italy, on July 10, 2005.[citation needed]

Post break-up[edit]

In 2007, the former band members decided to release the live album 595.[citation needed] It is a recording of the bands 595th performance on May 5 at Stuk, Leuven, Belgium. Sent to them by a sound technician, Karate were so astonished by the quality they decided to release it as an official live album.[7]

Karate's perfectionism and attention to detail is well known among the music scene; which played a part in the naming of 595.[citation needed] It was originally to be called 594. However, McCarthy discovered a flyer for a forgotten early show the band quickly changed the title to 595.

In 2005, Goddard played bass on the Chris Brokaw album Incredible Love.[8]

Farina has developed a solo career, releasing three albums and a number of EPs."Jeff Farina Discography". May 2021.[9] He has worked with Chris Brokaw, releasing work as Geoff Farina & Chris Brokaw.[10]

McCarthy has been part of a number of bands including E which released albums in 2016 and 2018.[11][12]

In 2021, The Numero Group, digitally reissued the band's first two albums and first single.[13]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • Karate LP/CD (1996, Southern Records 18534)
  • In Place of Real Insight LP/CD (1997, Southern Records 18543)
  • The Bed is in the Ocean LP/CD (1998, Southern Records 18554)
  • Unsolved CD/2xLP (October 2000/March 2001, Southern Records 18584)
  • Some Boots LP/CD (October 2002, Southern Records 18599)
  • Pockets CD/LP (August 2004, Southern Records 28114)

Live albums[edit]

  • 595 CD/2xLP (October 2007, Southern Records)

EPs and 7-inch records[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Karate | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 2021-05-08.
  2. ^ "Jeff Goddard". Discogs. Retrieved 2021-05-08.
  3. ^ "~~jeff goddard~~bio~~". web.archive.org. 2013-03-21. Retrieved 2021-05-08.
  4. ^ Fiander, Matthew. "Karate: Five-Ninety-Five < PopMatters". Popmatters.com. Retrieved 2010-06-23.
  5. ^ "SOUTHERN | karate". web.archive.org. 2005-02-28. Retrieved 2021-05-08.
  6. ^ mark powell. "karate > biography". Southern. Archived from the original on 2009-03-07. Retrieved 2010-06-23.
  7. ^ "Album Reviews: Karate: 595". Pitchfork. 2008-01-09. Retrieved 2010-06-23.
  8. ^ "~~jeff goddard~~discography~~". web.archive.org. 2013-03-21. Retrieved 2021-05-08.
  9. ^ "Hammer and Spade, by Geoff Farina". Geoff Farina. Retrieved 2021-05-08.
  10. ^ "The Boarder's Door, by Chris Brokaw & Geoff Farina". Chris Brokaw & Geoff Farina. Retrieved 2021-05-08.
  11. ^ "E | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 2021-05-08.
  12. ^ "Home | BUSINESS NAME". gavinmccarthy. Retrieved 2021-05-08.
  13. ^ "In Place Of Real Insight, by Karate". Karate. Retrieved 2021-05-08.

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