Karate / Stekcod
Album: Stekcod   Collection:General
Artist:Karate   Added:Nov 2004
Label:Southern Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2005-04-10 Pull Date: 2005-06-12
Week Ending: May 15 May 8 May 1 Apr 24 Apr 17
Airplays: 1 1 3 1 4

Recent Airplay
1. May 03, 2012: The Fall of Math
4. May 08, 2005: The Ox and the Hammer Show
2. Apr 19, 2012: The Fall of Math [single precision]
5. May 01, 2005: The Ox and the Hammer Show
3. Oct 16, 2009: Mittens & Scarves
With Age
6. Apr 27, 2005: Strange Attractor

Album Review
Nathaniel Jones
Reviewed 2005-03-30
Karate – Pockets (not steckop)
If I label this emo will that scare everyone away? Hopefully not, because these guys have incorporated some really cool stuff into what could have fallen as a pretty flat Christie Front Drive-like sound. There are some real interesting things simmering beneath the surface. The jazz influences blended into the post-rock trio will be very evident. You’ll find lots of improvisational guitar solos and splashy drums. These songs are mostly very chill and relaxed, dare I say sexy?, and the songs seem pretty effortless, but from what I can tell, these guys are quite talented. First-impression wise the more upbeat playful numbers (1,3) grabbed my attention more, but upon more listens the ones like 2, 4, 8 got some real interesting things happening. Drummer has played with Ted Leo, singer’s been in Secret Stars, and bassist’s been in Moving Targets, all 3 have lots of formal training. I recommend it if you wanna hear a pretty unique fusion of rock and jazz.

*1- splashy, bouncy, 2 prominent guitar solos, jazzy drums
*2- sparse and slow, light drumming, guit solo at end feels latin, quiet but nice
3- upbeat, swinging rhythm, staccato guitar line, a little funky
4- slow, moody and meandering,
5- more laidback chill, could imagine a coffee shop band playing this as background music, sway with it
6- FCC(shit) uptempo again, playful
7- minimal percussion, very relaxed strumming
*8- long (8:30), feels improvisational, builds slowly, voice gets more expressive than usual, driving

Track Listing
1. With Age   5. Alingual
2. Water   6. Tow Truck
3. "The State I'm In" Aka "Good   7. Pines
4. Cacophony   8. Concrete