The Gallery is Devastating Karate’s most diverse album. Although it still includes a dose of roots rockabilly, it also contains sci-fi, avant-garde, surf, art-punk, pop, metal, jazz, folk and Irish themes. You could argue that this album lacks any clear direction. In turn, it has received comparisons to Ween, The Replacements, The Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Clash. Just like their first two releases, The Gallery was recorded at Mikael Karlsson’s Sonic Ocean Studios. The Gallery shows continued growth of band and producer, as DK's musical breadth was expanding. The album was mastered at Capitol Records in Hollywood, and debuted to the public live on KXLU, Los Angeles.
While it’s tough classify this album under any one genre, the title track is pretty straightforward. “The Gallery” is an epic ghost story that draws inspiration from a range of classic-rock artists. It’s more accessible than most Devastating Karate tunes (according to fans in non-coastal markets), and is a strong display of the bands development and songwriting strength. “Mashed Potatoes” is one of DK’s roots-rock numbers, and has received substantial online airplay via Pandora and other outlets (Pandora RULES!!). The Gallery also includes a rockabilly take on Ween’s “It’s Gonna Be a Long Night” and a tongue-in-cheek pop-metal tribute to Celine Dion, covering Eric Carmen’s “All By Myself.” The band also produced their first music video for “All By Myself.” It’s available on the Devastating Karate’s Youtube page: www.youtube.com/devastatingkarate
Devastating Karate continued regular SoCal tours for The Gallery, adding a winter visit to several Colorado ski-towns. The Colorado trip included excellent coverage in local publications, broadcast radio play, several on-air interviews, and a bunch of rockin shows. Devastating Karate made its second appearance at Superhero Kickball, and also performed at the South Park Music Festival. Speaking to the band’s diversity, Devastating Karate has warmed the stage for acts ranging from Shiny Toy Guns to Bob Schneider. Below are some other notable reviews of The Gallery:
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 Supersuckers, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and classified as “Desert Americana Boogie.” - Duncan Hudson, Music Director, KXCI, Tucson