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KARATE - OPERATION: SAND / EMPTY THERE

£8.00

Label KARATE

★ Reissue of 1998 single which features two otherwise
unreleased tracks.
★ Black vinyl, full color sleeve in polybag.
★ Includes card for free download in user’s choice of
FLAC, MP3, ALAC, AAC, or Ogg Vorbis formats.
★ Limited edition of 250 copies.
Karate was an American band formed in Boston,
Massachusetts in 1993 by Geoff Farina, Eamonn Vitt and
Gavin McCarthy. Jeff Goddard joined on bass in 1995, and
Vitt moved to second guitar, before departing in 1997 to
pursue a medical career.
Karate’s sound made them something of iconoclasts of the
time: punk had broken through to the mainstream and most
“alternative” bands were wearing flannel shirts and growing
their hair. Karate’s love of improvised music and classic rock
separated them from the pack, and confounded music
journalists seeking to pigeon hole them.
During their career, Karate released six studio albums, one
double live album, and two EPS on Southern Records, as well
as a half a handful of split singles on other labels.
Karate disbanded in 2005, when Farina developed hearing
problems due to exposure to high volume music over the 12
years and nearly 700 shows the band had performed up to
that time.
Farina continued to work as a solo artist, and played in
quieter bands, including Glorytellers, Ardmore, and The
Secret Stars, and also recording as a duo with Chris Brokaw.
As well as Karate, Jeff Goddard was active with Apology,
Grin, Jones Very and The Lune and playing as a guest with
artists including Mary Timony and Chris Brokaw.
Gavin McCarthy also played with The Swirlies, Ted Leo and
the Pharmacists, Beat Circus, Cul de Sac, and Glorytellers.
“I think there's sort of a disregard for genre boundaries.
We've already been criticized because we don't rock
enough, we rock too much, we're not punk, our music is too
slow, too loud, too quiet, too jazzy, etc. So there's really no
reason for us to care about what kind of band we sound
like anymore. After almost a decade of this we really just
want to play, and it's become really obvious to us what's
important and what's not. Being part of a genre or scene is
unimportant.”
- Geoff Farina, 2003