The Awesome Depression

by Devastating Karate

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1.
Backlands 02:15
2.
Good To Ya 02:36
3.
Ron lived on the west side of the river Worked his job up at the Riverside Sun sets in Red Bluff, breeze it brings a shiver The word it travels, tears in Tami’s eye This web it starts up in the rafters Descending down and proceeding to surround The news is spreading, friends and family gather Back from the river, infecting the whole town (pre) These are the last words we were told 3 weeks since Ronnie was set free The spiders gather by the shore Face down in cat tails, at only 23 (Ch) Hey Ronnie, this whole town’s looking for you We’re calling, for answers you only knew Someday we’ll say, what could have been, we’ll never know So long to Riverside Ronnie, memories of you on the shore Three shots and sorrow is all that we could say A little town with a full dose of this scene The Riverside shuts down early, even for a Monday Rolling tears and makeup float memories of Ronnie
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You drink all your money and bumble around Acting a good day to die With your glass now empty what have you found? A piss poor reason to cry So knock out that stool and fall to the ground Dust yourself off as ye rise Half drunk and gone you’re singing this song Kissing your weakness goodbye (CH) Cause your Irish eyes are eyeing me lass And I’ve got a mind to kick yer wee ass I’ll save you the trouble, you save me the time Always an eye for an eye Yes always an eye for an eye It’s a long cold day you’ve been working away Trading your sweat for a buck As your mind drift away you openly say You’re bound to be shit outta luck So you walk out that door and see the gray sky You say “man what am I doing here” But there’s a well worn path in front of ye stride And it leads to a full keg of beer
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It’s a transition to need, a swing back from the greed It’s a narrow path to secede from the darkness A shift back to what’s real, learn to share not to steal Take some time to let things heal back to oneness (CH) It’s an awesome depression throwing down here today We were living high for so long, all knew the dance not the song Let’s recognize all that’s wrong and move on We’ll produce what is right, day’s so bright after night Keep a strong foundation in sight, fight the good fight (CH 2) Cause the awesome depression is throwing down here today We spent it all just to take the fall, and trained them just to beg to get some more (CH3) We spent it all just to take the fall, and trained them just to beg to get some more The awesome depression is throwing down here today Save a little to drink a little, don’t lose your last dime to get some blow
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MOCPAS Sly 02:57
7.
4th of July 02:29
Little girl come around, don’t walk away I ain’t the devil, don’t care what your mama say Daddy’s going away, won’t see me no more But before I go I got something to say At just 22, barely on my own Drunk in a barroom, 4th of July down back home Well the other man, I shot him in the gut The police came and all I could do is run Lord’s gonna take me away I ain’t a bad man, he just built me this way Caught for a crime done 10 years ago Ain’t touched a gun since that day Been on the low so many days I left your mama, had to go away I went away so you and she could remain to be free I needed some time to get away from me (ch) It’s OK, don’t be afraid Every dollar and dime I owed to you has been paid And when I go, It’ll be alright Cause you’re on your daddy’s mind tonight
8.
Well she cooks me scrambled eggs even when we’re late for work And her smile is so pure that I could never see it hurt I never realized I’d lay it all out just like this But you got something I never want to miss And it’s hard when I seem to pick the wrong words You’re so patient when I go out on the road Every day you surprise with something better And remind me that I’ll never be alone Well we know things could be better, but we know we can’t complain And I know that you’re just crazy when you think that I’m insane In the mornings, at the beach, in the night, when we’re a mess You got something I never want to miss Jam And it’s hard when I seem to pick the wrong words You’re so patient when I go out on the road Every day you surprise with something better And remind me that I’ll never be alone When it’s late in the day and the baseball game is over You know just what to say and got a cold one to offer Just to stay with you is my one and only wish Cause you got something I never want to miss You got something I never want to miss
9.
Wal-Mart 00:49
C-R-A-P-P-P-P-E-R, CRAPPER I’m gonna go sit on the crapper
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Steady Eddie 02:36
11.
Heard your whole life on that dust-up vinyl Singing them lows clear as I remember Had run-ins with the law, but seemed to be true Played the songs, did it all, it ain’t art it’s just you Those kids give you praise, for fear, for respect Sometimes life ain’t right but there’s nothing to correct Couldn’t play it any other way, that felt just plain wrong But what’s lost if pure so let’s try to be strong Johnny like thunder all dressed up in black (x4) You’ve seen your days and left us with loss You’ve cried and you’ve played and now you paid the cost With all that you gave we’ll sure mix something new So let’s all move on and keep searching for the truth.
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about

A beacon of hope in otherwise dark times, Devastating Karate executed an organic combatant to the local recession throughout 2010. The Venice Beach country-punk band released their new album, The Awesome Depression. Rooted in driving beats, hooky bass lines, twang-punk guitar and snarling vocals, the benevolent trio inspired a surge in revenue at Los Angeles-area clubs and regional music venues.

The Awesome Depression is Devastating Karate’s first album that includes a clear theme or concept. It was produced by Jeff Peters with the assistance of Nels Jensen at Hot Pie Studio in Pasadena (notable projects include The Beach Boys and Flight of the Conchords) and mastered by Joe Gastwirt (hundreds of notable projects). The result is 12 gritty tracks of honky-tonk rock-n-roll. "Riverside Ronnie" is the true story of a teenagers disappearance in Red Bluff, CA. "Johnny Like Thunder" is a reaction to Johnny Cash's death. "4th of July" is a folk story of tragic family trials, and "The Awesome Depression" an editorial on markets/economies taking a shit in 2008.

Reviews of the album included a nomination for an Independent Music Award and the following write-up:

"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

Support for The Awesome Depression included return trips to Colorado ski-towns and Superhero Kickball. A video for their gastro-intestinal sensation, “Wal-Mart,” is in production and will be posted to the band’s Youtube page soon (www.youtube.com/devastatingkarate).

Devastating Karate currently receives airplay in 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.

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released November 26, 2009

Nick Ratliff: vocals, guitars, mandolin
Zach Lewis: vocals, drums
Charles Pasarell: vocals, bass, piano

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"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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