Audio Karate

They still can’t believe it happened. Sure, it had the echoes of a common tale, but it wasn’t one. A passion for punk rock and a whole lot of luck propelled four Mexican-American kids from SoCal backyards to international tours, sharing stages with acts like Rise Against, The Ataris, The Vandals, Face to Face, NOFX, Social Distortion, Thursday and Thrice.

It’s been more than a decade since Audio Karate has played
together. They are no longer kids. They have full-time jobs and two members have kids of their own, but when Wiretap Records approached them with an opportunity to release their debut record,Space Camp,on vinyl for the first time, they couldn’t say no.

Audio Karate is Arturo Barrios (vocals/guitar), Jason Camacho
(guitar), Justo Gonzales (bass) and Gabriel Camacho (drums). They formed in the mid 90s under the name “The Goonz” and changed their name upon signing to Kung Fu Records in 2001. Kung Fu founder and Vandals bassist Joe Escalante took the band under his wing after hearing a tape demo that Art handed Kris Roe (The Ataris) at a show.

In May 2002, they releasedSpace Camp(produced by Trever Keith of Face to Face)—a sunny pop-punk record bursting with adolescent sentiment and bright riffs. The band toured heavily internationally, making repeat trips to the UK, Europe and Japan, and the album’s single, “Nintendo ’89,” made its way onto MTV and Fuse. In 2004, they played a leg of the Vans Warped Tour and released their follow-up record,Lady Melody(produced by Bill Stevenson of Descendents/All).

Lady Melody was a striking, dark departure fromSpace
Camp—packing growling vocals, layered melodies and catchy
hooks into songs like “Jesus is Alive and Well (And Living Mexico),” “Hey Maria” and “Gypsyqueen.” The record straddled pop-punk convention and technical oddity, with unique key changes and riffs that seemed to sound “wrong” while sounding gloriously right. Even Stevenson wondered how they did it, marveling at times during their recording sessions: “Technically, this shouldn’t work.”

Following headline tours forLady Melody,the band went on hiatus in 2006, influencing a decade of pop-punk in their wake and garnering fans from some of the biggest bands in the genre.

Now they’ve reunited and are gearing up to support their
idols, Descendents, on select dates of their 2018 tour; along with supporting the vinyl re-issue of their seminal pop-punk debut album Space Camp, dropping in July, 2018 on Wiretap Records.

Go Betty Go

Go Betty Go is an all female pop punk rock band from Los Angeles that, along with bands such as Union 13, Los Abandoned and Left Alone, were prominent in the southern California Chicano Punk scene in the mid-2000s.

Power Pop trio with songs about heartbreak, cynicism, and other human things. Former members of Longfellow (Kung Fu Records) and The Maxies. Current members of New Way On and Sederra.

The Gutter Daisies

t's 2017. Stars rise quicker than a cult welcoming their demigod into the morning light. They then fall just as quickly, the inebriated public eye forgetting they ever existed, having moved onto the next trend of obsession. The sky is the limit these days. Beyond it, an electric fence to keep it's minions in line. Suits holding their whips, clamping ball and chain after ball and chain to every beautiful face, hoping they can genetically modify them to become the next million dollar madonna. Art is a thing of the past, and selfish-indulgent passion has become the death of the future.

Sometimes it's ok to yell "fuck it" and spit into the wind. Be who you are, for you. There is nothing to prove and so much to express. It's so easy to get tied up into everyone's glamorous social media facade. Everyone has moments of misery. If there was no dark, there would be no light. Our new expectations have lead us to early resignations. Don't wake up one day realizing you've been asleep for years, simply because you've been living for everyone else. Go back to the start, and radiate as if it was the first time you ever fell in love...

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