The Awesome Depression

by Devastating Karate

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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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Track Name: Riverside Ronnie
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
Track Name: Eye For An Eye
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
Track Name: The Awesome Depression
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
Track Name: 4th of July
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
Track Name: Scrambled Eggs
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
Track Name: Wal-Mart
C-R-A-P-P-P-P-E-R, CRAPPER
I’m gonna go sit on the crapper
Track Name: Johnny Like Thunder
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.