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Karmadons

Bowling Green, Kentucky, United States | SELF

Bowling Green, Kentucky, United States | SELF
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Like sitting behind the wheel of a ’57 Chevy, fiddling with the radio tuner, cigarette hanging off your bottom lip, soft, worn leather beneath your tight blue jeans—The Karmadons’ smooth yet powerful sound will deliver you to a time when men were men and girls were girls. Guitarist and lead vocalist Micah James invokes the swagger of past greatness like Morrison, Clapton and Setzer, while the other ‘dons are busy conjuring the grooves of Zeppelin and the Stones and blending in their own concoctions of blues, rock and pop funkiness. "
Sheena M. Johnson
- SKYE Magazine


"If you want a smoother, sexier wardrobe, open up your closet, start a give-away pile and turn on The Karmadons. Singer Micah James will croon every woman into goodwilling every frumpy blouse she owns and every man into re-examining the white tank top as dinner attire. That's how the Karmadons' dynamic works. They look rough around the edges, maybe even dauntingly so, but they sound like you should leave your number on a napkin for them. It's sexy in the sleazy meets classy way.

James, along with the support of Chris Placco (bass), Billy Swayze (lead guitar) and Jeremy Pryor (drums), are trying to bring a funky Rock n Roll sound back from wherever the Indie Pop craze took it. Don't expect girl pants, don't expect oversized, rimless glasses, and don't expect an over-theatrical stage performance either. The Karmadons are like the guy that manned up, walked over the bar, kissed the girl, she slapped him, and then they went home together. Meow, indeed.

The Karmadons' songs vary in pacing and tone, but don't lose their intimacy. "I Came A Long Way To See You" is a more upbeat, screw-you-never-look-in-the-rearview kind of anthem, and "Diamond Smile" is a slower, screw-you-then-screw-me-in-the-backseat kind of anthem. And no matter the track, with the Karmadons, you're in the car with them, you're not sure where you're going, they're not done driving, and it is really hot to be captive."

Mary Sparr, Rise Over Run Magazine
- Rise Over Run Magazine


"Karmadons are one of South Central Kentucky's newest and most promising faces happening on the music scene right now. Style is the name of the game with these guys. Songs that get you moving with clever little hooks and backbeats that stay with you even after the show's over. Not to be confused with every other set of tunes you hear on a Friday night, but little stories delivered in a nice package of articulated musical structure. Style, indeed....with a lemon twist!"
Tommy Star, WDNS FM 93.3, Bowling Green, KY
- WDNS 93.3


Discography

Karmadons- (Self-titled) - 2010

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The Karmadons' forceful dance, retro-rock shifts smoothly between music generations like sitting behind the wheel of a '66 Shelby Cobra wired to play an MP3 player, almost as if they tapped into the subconscious dreams of America's lost pulse with their retro-induced, blues-rooted rock n roll vibe. With vocal lines that reminisce the smooth croon of a soul raised singing, where the crackle of a record player sounds warm and fitting. The Karmadons' forceful dance, retro-rock shifts smoothly between music generations like sitting behind the wheel of a '66 Shelby Cobra wired to play an MP3 player, almost as if they tapped into the subconscious dreams of America's lost pulse with their retro-induced, blues-rooted rock n roll vibe. With vocal lines that reminisce the smooth croon of a soul raised singing, where the crackle of a record player sounds warm and fitting. The Karmadons's decade-bridging sound is the edgy cacophony from lead vocalist/guitarist Micah James, drummer Rory Willis, lead guitarist Jason Sadler, and bassist Chris Placco. Just hit play and a far flung of influences will erupt from Tom Waits to the Stray Cats, Elvis, The Doors, Led Zeppelin, James Brown, Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Ray Charles and other funk, rock and soul chart toppers. Who would have ever expected a former Confederate state capitol (1861-1862) to be the birthplace of a progressive rock group? Much like the smoky timbre of their dance rock tracks, it was the hazy bar scene at Bowling Green, KY's Tidball's that marked the first beer/whiskey exchanged between Karmadons members. Micah would have never known that five years later they would be performing in a group that is rapidly climbing up the indie scene gaining fans and rave reviews. Micah relates "I'd been playing for years, whether buskin' on the street corner up in Michigan for money for coffee and cigarettes or back in high school kicking around in some friend's garage. Now, I count my blessings that Tidball's is such a commune of artists and musicians." The Karmadons, a derivation of karma "what goes around, comes around and you get what you deserve," seemed to be a perfect moniker for these Kentucky natives who had been jamming in-and-out of bands since their tweens. Chris not only brings a musical platform to the Karmadons, but adds a unique funk flavor to the mix. His persistent passion has helped steer the band beyond a jam session group to a contender in the commercial music arena. Pushing aside the contemporary rock mold, the Karmadons found a niche merging a "lost-in-the-fifties" groove with new age riffs and pulsating songs that make it impossible to passively listen. This summer they traveled to LA shooting a dark, neo-noir interpretation of "Came A Long Way To See You" with Continuum Pictures and director/executive producer Danny Torres. "Came A Long Way To See You" is a fast-paced "revenge" track that begs to be blaring through your car speakers on an open highway. Micah explains "These are pretty hard times, but we wanted to give something to people to make them remember that life is too damn fine a thing to waste. We wanted to give them music to dance to. We wanted to give them stories they could relate to. We wanted to give them a night they could remember through the opaque memories."
In the summer of 2010, Billy Swayze left the group and made way for Jason Sadler, a classically trained drifter who originated from Kentucky and had been running around New York for a spell. The Karmadons were looking for a guitarist who could keep up. When Placco grabbed James while drinking at Tidball's and said, "Here's our new guitarist." Micah was then formerly introduced to a guy who had been crashing on his couch for the previous two weeks. Jason Sadler. Sadler had been long time friends with one of James' room-mates, and soon moved back to Bowling Green. Sadler brought a Jazz influence, a stray cat sway that melted in with a Zepplin fever, kicking up the dust that had settled in Billy's absence. After a few months, another musical chair switch took place when Rory Willis brought his blood burgundy drums to fill in for Jeremy Pryor. After issues came up within the harmony of the band, James and Pryor shook hands and walked separate ways. Placco brought on Shane, and the four picked up right where they had left off, booking up through the next few months within weeks. At Starry Nights Festival they came out swinging and spent the rest of the weekend stumbling to meet people. They've finished up their debut self titled album with ten songs ready to hit the speakers, taking it to radio stations round their way. "What goes around, comes around," Micah murmured, wolf-like grin on his face, "Just our way of saying we'll come around again."