Devastating Karate

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Devastating Karate’s self-titled debut is a snapshot of the band’s early days. The group formed in Venice Beach during the summer of 2005, quickly putting together a live set’s worth of material for local gigs and parties. By fall, they had a batch of tunes deemed ready for the studio. Tracking was done quick and dirty over two days at Mikael Karlsson’s studio in downtown Los Angeles. As is the case with many bands’ first trip to the studio, it has more of a “garage” quality than later Devastating Karate recordings. That said, the ad hoc approach to recording meshes well with the punk-folk themes. The band manages to squeeze 14 tunes in just under 37 minutes. From the rootsy twang of “Backlands”, to the driving rockabilly of “Window Shade,” and the punky harmonies of “Malibu,” the band delivers a new type of cow-punk, drawing comparisons to old Kings of Leon, The Pixies, Elvis Costello, Wilco and The Supersuckers.

Devastating Karate followed up the release with a tour of the Southwest and several mini-tours of California, Vegas and Arizona. Initial reactions were mixed. Some thought it was a joke (think Tenacious D or Spinal Tap), some were confused and others saw it for what it is: non-affected rock-n-roll with lyrics that stream unique and memorable images from everyday life. “Malibu” is the story of daydream that takes you to the Malibu hilltops in 1795, where we will need to hunt and gather for survival. “On The Floor” and “Window Shade” share opposing perspectives on the same love triangle. “Fine Cork Wine” expresses a common malaise for elements of modern society and public consumption, while “Carlton Way” warns a landlord of delayed rent payments.

Devastating Karate features Nick Ratliff on vocals/guitars/mandolin, Zach Lewis on drums, and Monk Turner playing bass. Monk was replaced by Charles Pasarell for all later DK recordings, but Monk’s unique approach is fully intact on the bands debut (he also did the album art). The album received limited broadcast airplay in markets including Los Angeles, Tucson, San Antonio, Las Crucas and Santa Cruz, as well as airplay from various online outlets.

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released December 25, 2005

Nick Ratliff: vocals, guitars
Zach Lewis: drums
Monk Turner: bass

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Devastating Karate Los Angeles, California

"A tongue-in-cheek, honky-tonk tinged (former) 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) ... more

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Track Name: Carlton Way
Cesar was a little old Mexican man
First job was on the radio wearing these cans
He didn’t fix the leaky roof, the little things were never cool
But come around rent day I got something else to say

I’ll pay tomorrow

Cesar got his son to manage the place
But he was always baked, like the kids at Carlton Way
But last week, last night, Dean was in another fight
With two cops, one wife, yeah she’s got a black eye

I’ll pay tomorrow

Brendan’s got a new dog
Damus got the whole roof
The valley’s just to hot
But I know what to do
Track Name: Fine Cork Wine
My dream is to be the one who everybody wants to
Always have a drink in the daytime
This scene is the one that wants to always be around you
Always have the last word last night

Some of them come back to you
Most of them sell out to you
Keep their whole heart in the back of their mind
It’s always drink fine cork wine

To be green with a little hygene, excercising maching
Separate your eyebrows just right
Brown eyed blondie, Dr King and Ghandi
Just sugar no cream, do it now and do it right
Track Name: Malibu
I wish I wasn’t such a little spaceman
You wake up in the morning and you think about it all day long
It gets you nowhere
You wanna be somewhere but you just don’t know where

I tried for 14 days
Distracted by my brain
I hope it’s just a phase
I think it’s just a phase

But time might tell a story to
“Please make your mind up, what to do
“Let me know and make it true”
It’s not that difficult, but she was just a bitch about it

Me and my brain: different destinations
Hmm…? Chemical inhalation?

Hey Mapquest what’s the way?
Left turn from day to day?
Three stones, can of chew
Then I know what to do

I wanna live in Malibu, 1795
Drink from the canyons because I want to stay alive
Look at the ocean from a desert hill
Eat a lot of corn and find some deer to kill
All-right!
Track Name: Window Shade
Little Cammy, baby tell me what’s cool
I know your sister but she ain’t at school today
Where you heading out of sixth period?
Wanna walk up through them trees?

You know me.

I like them shorts you’re wearing
Them black streaks in your hair
Know what you’re growing up to be?
It’s something special baby, really special girl

While you close that window shade
I’m laying down this picture frame again
Calm your heart. Nothings got to be weird
We’re both in this together, let’s keep it all right here

Let’s head on back to my place
Wanna see the back room? Right this way
So soft like your sister, just fine
Just let it all go for a little bit of time

You’re both mine
Track Name: Mr. Pimpin
Where’d my kitty go
Nobody knows
Where’s Mr Pimpin at
He got run over on Brooks

Kitty come indoor
I know what for
Carnitas
Like a good kitty do

Lost in the alley
Someone to save me
Victor and Shelly
They make me happy
Track Name: Culiacan
Baby Jesus raisin money
Baby bees and tasty honey
Riding back through Mexicali
Federales see us coming

All the aliens are scared of my guitar
Riding back towards the border in a shady car

We met down near Culiacan
With Migi and his borhter Juan
Don’t wanna say just what we saw
I just hope we pull it off

All the aliens are scared of my guitar
Riding back towards the border in a shady car

I saw the whole thing last week
Stopped in cold blood, I couldn’t even blink
I saw the dark rain I saw the green car
A couple miles to the border, you know it ain’t that far
Track Name: AZ
I met a song writer
Out by the campfire
He said he lived in Nashville
Up on a hill

I’m Arizona
I though I had ya
Stoned and I’m drunk now
From Arizona

I met a guitar man
Boy could he jam
Took his plane in from Nashville
Hot licks no thrills

I’m Arizona
I thought I fooled you
I really drunk now
From Arizona

I heard about your dope man
Back from the can
You should throw a party
We could all jam
You should throw a party
You should throw a party
Track Name: Big Pants
Put your fog horn on and light your spell
Put your fog horn on and light your spell
Put your fog horn on and the you go and then you light yourself a spell

Put your big pants on and steal some cheese
Put your big pants on and steal some cheese
Put your big pants on and then you go and then you get yourself some cheese

I’m not going to go away
I’m not going to go away
I’m not going to go away
Happy Happy Birthday
Track Name: Start a Fire
Start a fire, start a fire, wash it all away
Wake up it’s the same old day
No one’s home, waste some time, nothing left to say
Yesterday is not OK

Stuck in the sand you know it moves so slowly
Talk about it talk about it, I can’t even think straight
Nothing is easy when you’re always alone
I got your lighter, but it’s got no flame

My uncle never lies, then he told me not to worry
It eats my mind every day
So buy some peace, drop a dime, smoke it in a hurry
Got no money for a week and a day

Stuck in the sand you know it moves so slowly
Talk about it talk about it, I can’t even think straight
Nothing is easy when you’re always alone
I got your lighter, but it’s got no flame

My tank is on empty, threw your shit all away
You never think that it should be this way
Should I open my arms, I stop before I begin
Tomorrow maybe try it again

I hope it feel right
Track Name: On The Floor
I’d hate to see you later said her daughter just outside the porch you know
The weakness of a heartache just left in the dark two weeks ago
Little sister’s waiting just inside the door
Little sister’s waiting just inside the door
She just sat silent on the floor
She just sat silent on the floor

I’d hate to see you later said her sister just inside the door you know
“I never told your secret so I’m glad that it’s time for you to go.”
Little sister’s walking back into her room
Thinking of the thing she did two weeks ago
She just sat silent on the floor
She just sat silent on the floor

I’d hate to see you later said her daughter just outside the porch you know
The weakness of a heartache just left in the dark two weeks ago
I’d hate to see you later said her sister just inside the door you know
“I never told your secret so I’m glad that it’s time for you to go.”
She just laid silent on the floor
He laid above two weeks ago
She just laid silent on the floor
He laid above two weeks ago
Track Name: Rubin LeFice
Rubiin LeFice liked to test your patience
Always said things so absurd
Rubin LeFice never pledged allegiance
Tore the wings from a helpless bird

Stole a fine dime from another man
Stole a drink of wine from his mother
Spoke his twisted little mind to the principal man
Never good words for another

Alienated all his classmates
Chased them home from school with a stone
Mother worked from home on an hourly rate
Father was nobody know

Now Tuesday finds Rubin with a tummy ache
A doctor and a knife are the only fix
Mother takes his hand and a lonely fate
For Rubin not a bed bud a ditch
No more Rubin as a burden for the bitch