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About Karate

Karate is an American band, formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1993 by Geoff Farina, Eamonn Vitt and Gavin McCarthy, with Jeff Goddard joining in 1995. The band split up in 2005 before reuniting in 2022.

The band is characterized by fusion of indie rock, emo, post-hardcore, post-rock and jazz, with the jazz influence becoming more dominant in later releases. In particular, Farina has cited Minutemen, Beefeater, and McCoy Tyner as major influences on their sound.

In 1993, Karate was formed by Geoff Farina , Eamonn Vitt and Gavin McCarthy . In 1995, Jeff Goddard joined the band as bass player, and Vitt moved to second guitar. Previously in 1998, after moving to Chicago, Goddard had formed the band Jones Very, with Vic Bondi and Jamie Van Bramer.

Vitt departed Karate to pursue a medical career in 1997.

Their music was primarily released on Southern Records.

Farina developed hearing problems due to twelve years of performance with Karate and was forced to disband the group in July 2005. Disbanding with fanfare the group had recorded six studio albums and had almost seven hundred performances in twenty countries. Their final show was played in Rome, Italy, on July 10, 2005.

This article uses material from the Wikipedia article "Karate", which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.

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