Karate in the Garage has always exemplified the fun you should have while being in a band. The 4 piece from Huntington Beach, CA formed in 2012 and has been slowly making noise in the local scene. Having played shows throughout the west coast including stops at notable venues like House of Blues, The Doll Hut, The Roxy and diPiazza's Lava Lounge the time has come for their first studio effort. According to the band's press kit the band is referred to as a fun – loving punk and a throw back to 90′s ska punk, the band likes to say that their sound is akin to ”If Sublime and Bad Religion had a baby, but it was raised by My Chemical Romance for the first five years of its life”. The original lineup consisted of Tahlena Chikami-Lead Vocals/Rhythm Guitar, Brian Chapman-Lead Guitar, Brandon Lowentrout-Drums, and Sam Hall-Bass but a recent change was made that moved lead guitarist, Brian Chapman, to drums and added Kevin Chapman to take over lead guitar duties. Now with a lineup that they felt would catapult them to the next level the band released “Here Goes Nothing” in conjunction with Long Live Crime Records.
The 4 track album kicks off with the energetic "Crash & Burn". The song will remind many in the scene of early No Doubt. Tahlena channels Gwen at times throughout the song. You can hear hints of Yeah Yeah Yeahs as well. The musicianship is exactly what you'd expect from this 4 piece. Great harmonies and a fun fast tempo that makes you want to get up and move. With definite radio possibilities this song could propel the band to the next level all by itself. "Arsenal" is the next track and is more guitar driven than the first song. The lyric "Fool me once, shame on me. Fool us all, shame on you" is destined to be a crowd sing along at their shows. "Dollz R 4 Girls" is the third track and is the hardest track. The song shows more of the hard edge that the band has. With what some have said are Iron Maiden style riffs and vocals the song is more metal than punk. The musicianship is great and the lyrics from Tahlena show just how far her songwriting has came in a short period of time. The final track is a throw back to the bass style of Black Flag called "Little Citizen". This song has been available from the band for a while and is the most well known song of theirs. The power of Tahlena's vocals make this song. The harmonies are great as is the musicianship of the band.
Overall "Here Goes Nothing" is a very good EP. The band has came a very long way since their start. If your a fan of the ska/punk, 90's punk styles you will enjoy this album. Grab your headband and join Karate In The Garage for some "#ninjastyle".