Karate in the Garage
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Karate in the Garage

Huntington Beach, California, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2012 | INDIE

Huntington Beach, California, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2012
Band Rock Punk


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"Schwindy's indie music spotlight: Karate in the Garage"

My first encounter with Karate in the Garage was a chance one at The Tiki Bar in Costa Mesa. I had gone there to see a band from Baltimore that was followed by Karate in the Garage. Let this be a lesson as to why you should stick around for all the bands when you go to a show. What I saw and heard that night was a band that is a fun mix of punk with just a dash of ska.

The EP begins with "Crash & Burn", an uptempo song that is a great showcase for all the members of the band. The guitar and bass lend a touch of funk to the sound, while Tahlena Chikami's vocals are pure punk. At some point, she says "Love me, love me!" and sounds a lot like from Pussycat of Pussycat and The Dirty Johnsons. This song brings kind of an unexpected (maybe even off the reservation) comparison to mind: The Dead Milkmen. I would say that Karate in the Garage is a little more aggressive, but it's that blend of punk and funk that brings The Dead Milkmen to mind - only in this particular song.

I'll say this for Chikami. When you see (or speak with) her, you probably wouldn't expect the vocals she produces. She's very sweet. However, when she sings, she sounds as if she'd just as soon give you a karate chop to the neck. One particular shout in "Little Citizen" is a great example of this.

This band could draw a lot of comparisons simply because of the range it displays. It has the energy and volume of Bad Religion. There are moments when you can get just a touch of No Doubt influence (a relatively easy comparison for a female-fronted punk band from Orange County). The vocals in "Arsenal" remind me a lot of Dance Hall Crashers. The guitar in "Dollz R 4 girls" and "Little Citizen" takes a slight turn - but only a slight one - toward metal. This is a fun EP with four songs that leaves you wanting more of Karate in the Garage. Here Goes Nothing is available now on Bandcamp. - Orange County Music Examiner


Still working on that hot first release.



Karate in the Garage formed literally in a garage in the spring of 2012. Tahlena Chikami, Brian Chapman, Brandon Lowentrout, and Sam Hall sat down to create music they were all excited about. After their first gig at a farmer's market in Huntington Beach playing to a group of very enthusiastic grandmothers the members were hooked. The band went on to play a plethora of shows - cutting their teeth and tightening their stage performance. Some venues of note being: The Roxy, House of Blues San Diego, The Orange County Fair, and The Doll Hut.

In early 2014, the band underwent a lineup change that moved lead guitarist, Brian Chapman, to drums and added Kevin Chapman to take over lead guitar duties. Since this change the band has continued to play shows and have released their debut EP, "Here Goes Nothing" in conjunction with Long Live Crime Records. The band has also finished up their first tour, playing up and down the west coast in the summer of 2014.

Although often described as a fun - loving punk and a throw back to 90's ska punk, the band likes to say that their sound is akin to  "If Sublime and Bad Religion had a baby, but it was raised by My Chemical Romance for the first five years of its life". Known for their energetic live shows, Karate in the Garage are a little out there, a little crazy, and always down for a good time. So let the good times keep rolling and the music keep playing!

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