Stupid Karate – The ‘Punk Is A Free Pricing Corpse’ EP.
Stupid Karate have returned with their second EP, the comically dark titled Punk Is A Free Pricing Corpse. The band’s visceral break-neck Hardcore Punk is nothing but energetic. Imagine, you’ve had a hard week at work and friend drags you to a Punk show, you’re not adverse to the idea but also not in the best of moods either.
Half an hour passes and Stupid Karate ascend the stage and all is well again. But why? Well Stupid Karate channel decades of influence into a Hardcore sound complete with some credible sonic comparisons and influences. Think Minor Threat, Agnostic Front, Sick Of It All, Gorilla Biscuits just name a few and you will have an idea of the sheer force this band emanate.
‘The Devil Rides Out’ tackles the inner evil of yourself after you’ve been exposed to the evil of another. Vocally Roger Miret of Agnostic Front is healthy comparison while musically a faster rendition of NYC-style Hardcore is charged with its predecessor but then finished with the ferocity of contemporaries, Trash Talk.
Singing Puppies are very Hardcore.
‘Embrace My O-Goshi’ sounds like The Bronx based Hardcore band Enziguri and while I have no real idea what the song is about, it certainly explosively makes itself known with harder tempos and even harder riffs.
The band cover the classic ‘Pet Cemetery’ by the Ramones in such a way that I was left dumfounded. The song loses its playful and ironic glee in favour of an almost haunting and probably more apt Skate Punk rendition that actually see’s the band at their best and most melodic.
It only gets more haunting with the EP closer, ‘Stay Out Of My Sunlight. This in the most simple description is what seems to be a semi-serious Hardcore track that has but one purpose, to be as loud and obnoxious as possible.
Stupid Karate have crafted another short-fast-and-loud EP that captures the very energy of early Punk-Rock and Hardcore music and you can’t say fairer that that!
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