Karate was an American band formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1993 by Geoff Farina, Eamonn Vitt and Gavin McCarthy. Jeff Goddard joined on bass in 1995, and Vitt moved to second guitar, before departing in 1997 to pursue a medical career.
Karate's sound made them something of iconoclasts of the time: punk had broken through to the mainstream and most ''alternative'' bands were wearing flannel shirts and growing their hair. Karate's love of improvised music and classic rock separated them from the pack, and confounded music journalists seeking to pigeon hole them.
During their career, Karate released six studio albums, one double live album, and two EPS on Southern Records, as well as a half a handful of split singles on other labels.
Karate disbanded in 2005, when Farina developed hearing problems due to exposure to high volume music over the 12 years and nearly 700 shows the band had performed up to that time.
Farina continued to work as a solo artist, and played in quieter bands, including Glorytellers, Ardmore, and The Secret Stars, and also recording as a duo with Chris Brokaw.
As well as Karate, Jeff Goddard was active with Apology, Grin, Jones Very and The Lune and playing as a guest with artists including Mary Timony and Chris Brokaw.
Gavin McCarthy also played with The Swirlies, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Beat Circus, Cul de Sac, and Glorytellers.
1. Operation: Sand (3:42)
2. Empty There (5:55)