VENICE BEACH, CA - A beacon of hope in otherwise dark times, Devastating Karate has outlined an organic combatant to the local recession set to roll out late-2009. The Venice Beach country-punk band has announced the release of their new album, "The Awesome Depression." Rooted in driving beats, hooky bass lines, twang-punk guitar and snarling vocals, the benevolent trio has already inspired a surge in revenue at Los Angeles-area watering holes.
Jeff Peters (of noteable work with The Beach Boys and Flight of the Conchords) helped produce the new tunes, working with DK to focus on the rootsy core of their eclectic sound. The result is a concept album, featuring 12 gritty tracks of honky-tonk rock-n-roll.
Devastating Karate consists of three friends with a common goal: deliver good-times, non-affected music to their friends and fans. Formed in the summer of 2005, Devastating Karate is fronted by guitarist Rat Ratliff with Zach Lewis on drums and Charles Pasarell playing bass. They quickly gained a local following and released a self-titled album later that same year, followed by a Southwest tour in the spring of 2006. Two marathon studio sessions in downtown Los Angeles captured their eponymous debut. From the country twang of "Backlands", to the driving rockabilly of "Window Shade" and punky harmonies of "Malibu", the band delivered a new brand of cow-punk.
In May, 2007, they released an EP, "Santa Monica Lawn Bowling Park." DK introduced the new tunes with a live in-studio performance on 88.9 - Los Angeles, KXLU. DJs Eric and Robert said that “DK fucking killed it,” describing the band as “honky-tonk, punk-rock drinking music.” "Santa Monica Lawn Bowling Park" was supported with two West Coast tours and regular performances in the Los Angeles area.
In July of 2008, they celebrated their third release, a full-length album titled "The Gallery." The album expanded on DKs old tendency to mix their genres. This can be seen in their choice of cover material – Ween and Celine Dion. Other songs include the sci-fi themed “Crab Man”, the AC/DC-esque “Don’t Spit it Out” and an epic ghost story called “The Gallery”. Support for the album included multiple tours of the Southwest, their first festival gigs and the release of a music video.
Influenced by groups ranging from Wilco and Kings of Leon, to Devo, Ween and The Pixies, Devastating Karate’s “power, energy and sense of humor equip them with a timeless quality that will probably transcend trends and fads” (Terrance Lam, GM, Downtown Records). Compared to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Supersuckers and classified as “Desert Americana Boogie” by Duncan Hudson (Music Director, KXCI, Tucson), DK is “A tongue-in-cheek, honky-tonk tinged power trio that hoists a brew to everything from Hank Williams' earthy country to hormonal '80s hair metal, this bunch is almost as fun as that one Fourth of July where Uncle Kenny passed out on the neighbors' lawn” (Jason Bracelin, Las Vegas Review-Journal). Devastating Karate currently receives airplay in several markets including Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Santa Cruz, Sacramento, Las Vegas, Tucson, San Antonio, Dayton, Las Cruces, Aspen, Vail, Salida and Breckenridge.