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The Gallery

by Devastating Karate

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Crab Man 04:08
Hot, baby, sand, so you run across down to the water Stomping on the hills of the CRAB MAN, because you wanna Shockwaves span the surrounding space, down by your foot But the grains are course and it deflects your mass They didn’t know what day it was With the weight crashing down Their skeleton… is their outer skin Dispersion of the masses Is a vital function Our hot skin… doesn’t harm them The ability of an object to break into the atmosphere It’s a function of mass and the dynamic rigidity Decrease the mass, release your fast Organic design is a gas gas gas Beer, buds and quesadillas Sounds all-right to me I Tivoed some Star Trek and no creatures were killed by my feet
Woke up and saw mashed potatoes on the wall Big ole chew stain messed up half the hall Unopened letters, with numbers on the back Listening to Factory Girl Ain’t been to long since I’m feeling this way It’s getting better almost every day You can’t believe that I got nothing to say I ain’t got no time for that and that’s OK CH: Some things just don’t understand Leave you on your heels wandering So many people think they know who I am Guess we’re just gonna find out in the end There’s got to be a reason why you’re teasing me What’s done is done and that’s all yesterday But my eyes keep cheating down the back of your dress And if you’re teasing for that reason I’ll confess Bring it home girl, I ain’t known you that long You sat on my lap, after I played my song No need to get your number, don’t know why I did We had our night no need for one again
Purple Lotus 02:20
Just sitting inside your head You ain’t gonna wash it out Keep thinking of what you said That’s never how you get it out CH: A silly line with no reply Oh No! Oh No! I tell you something What could it be? Grab a shot and catch a cab Heading down to Via Marina Locked our the balcony Find the keys to the second floor 2 counts, we hit your bed Paint the sheets red, you’re yelling for more
It’s getting hot You’re getting hotter I can’t believe the heat You wanna rock? Well let’s party Just you and me Red lights in Amsterdam You got something in your hand You wanna do it, but do it right You’ll lay me down tonight Don’t spit it out! Karate kicks Hot licks Sweet guitar Drunk chicks Smoking weed out behind the show Fat booty mamas, hookers and blow I know you think that it’s not for you Don’t worry baby, I’ll give you the que I know you know what you need to do It’s all on you Don’t spit it out Your moon is rising, long and lean You’re gonna work it, gonna work it clean Head’s bobbing, machine gun throbbing One more thing for me Don’t spit it out
Christopher 02:03
3 AM, Boston, walking home through the park It’s the quickest way home even well after dark Two men and their friend jumped out in front of me The demand: my wallet for their rock The demand: my wallet for some rock The reply didn’t jive, the struggle took it’s place The men tried to pin then the needle hit my skin She got into my pocket, as I punched on in the face She handed off the goods and then came the chase She got in my pocket, pulled out my wallet And handed it off for the chase Not knowing what’s in it, I made the decision And took off as if were on skates Now closing the gap, his only reaction: Throw down the goods full of spite I looked down with pride, and looked what’s inside Then I laid down my five for a pint
Undone 03:24
When I look down on me And silence rings over my shoulder Well I know what to plead Then they’ll take it back, then they’ll take it back But if it doesn’t come undone (x3) Then the lord never tore a seam Well I just don’t know where to go The people move so fast, the people move so fast I really think that they don’t know Who’s gonna hold them back, when they’re burning fast But if it doesn’t come undone (x3) Then I guess the lord don’t know me
The Gallery 06:52
Something eats inside of me I don't know where to go to get away Walk to the Gallery. Wendy waits inside for me She pours my drink and quickly looks away She's seen a better me Old books from 1917 steal scenes I saw just yesterday. I turn to look but she is gone This haunting wants me all alone. You don't shoot pool down at the Gallery Excuses tell me its the little things. This mystery knows just how to bother me It blows the wind when I've been hearing things. These hollow faces know my name Those subtle grins just aren't the same Footsteps with no one in the hall follow me since I was just three feet tall Oh, that locked up closet in the hall That run-down ranch up in the hills (Shattered glass lady screams, a soul with stolen dreams) A soul wants me to take the fall (Another evening in the Gallery) This story ain't my strength I tell it like it is Clinched up in my fist most every day Breathe it like a drug Swinging like a thug I take my final chug living the desperate way. I thought I questioned what is right Don't give up your thoughts without a fight That holy vigor it is gone and between all of these ghosts not one can show you love.
I'm gonna get some chili colorado!
15 Years 03:12
You’re so dramatic girl that you’ll be sorry It’s never quite the time to wait You push the buttons so you life’s not boring A temporary escape When we shed our self There’s nothing on you Void in your cell Makes you think you’re green CH: Searching for who we are can take a long time, so just unwind You seem to think it’s automatic every time you wave your hand Cause 15 years is a bitter pill to not know who you relate to And then one morning, we finally start to understand We separated when things got boring Distracted by so many thing A trip to college, it’s a likely story It’s crazy what the world can bring When we shed our self I’m getting on you Void in my cell Makes me thing you’re green
You always end up coming around my place You always end up coming around my place Take that sheepish grin off your face You always end up coming around my place Itching in your skin in the morning Something says your living just ain’t right Take another drink in the evening Take a few more drinks in the night You always end up coming around my place You always end up coming around my place Take that sheepish grin off your face You always end up coming around my place Don’t come crying to me baby I question what you’re doing is of spite Ring around your rosy little posy Don’t tell no one your posy stayed the night Calling when I’m way out of town Bitching that you can’t come around Dreaming up some love you never found Trying on my old stoli crown You always end up coming around my place You always end up coming around my place Take that sheepish grin off your face You always end up coming around my place
I’m drinking, I’m thinking, I’m pondering life Dreaming, believing, gonna make things right Cause I am gonna see this through But I got something and I know right now It’s gonna bother you CH: I got a sour little mind I got a sour little mind So don’t make me call you up in the night You know I’ll do it Temptation exorcise me My mind it gets so rusty But some nights I break right through Bound by selective memory Fueled by this holy brew But I have had enough of that now Yeah I got something and I know right now It’s gonna bother you My teeth, they don’t need flossing My gums know how to chew These thoughts they ain’t so classy But some folks do as they do Yeah I know what you’re thinking Yeah I got something and I know right now it’s gonna bother you You know I’ll do it My mind is flashing, like those around me It’s hard to get there from so far Living in future, malfunction of mentality I’ll tell you that I’ll be right there, then I’ll have to meet you at the bar Cause I am gonna see this through But I got something and I know right now It’s gonna bother you


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


released March 17, 2008

Nick Ratliff: vocals, guitars, mandolin
Zach Lewis: vocals, drums
Charles Pasarell: bass
Chris Cohick: guitar on "Chili Colorado"
Monk Turner: bass on “Sour Little Mind”


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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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