You must remember KARP, the combo that spawned members of Big Business, the Melvins, Tight Bros. From Way Back When, and many other loud, loud outfits? (Me, I remember seeing the group at Yo-a-Go-Go way back when.) Well, do that remembering on camera when a doc benefit gathers Dec. 19 in Oakland. This in from the organizers:
"In addition to being a band biopic, Kill All Redneck Pricks: KARP LIVES! 1990 - 1998 is the biography of a friendship. Set in the Pacific Northwest against the backdrop of the Olympia, Wash., post-punk and riot grrrl movements of the early '90s, Kill All Redneck Pricks: KARP LIVES! 1990 - 1998 details the joys and tragedies of a band called KARP as each band member's life serves as a lightning bolt to a separate destiny.
"The band debuted in ‘94 with Mustaches Wild LP, which K Records catalog described in the following way -'album number one sinks to the pit of your stomach. Karp, straight out of Olympia's Tumwater High, gay blades heavy and sweaty. Looks like a deck of cards playing war for real. Feels like a chunk of concrete stapled to your forehead.'
"All Music Guide commented that 'the ability for one to incorporate mood swings into their musical creativity is apparent on the debut full-length by Washington’s Karp. At the drop of a hat, they can go from slow and blistering to upbeat and pounding, all while remaining at a very low, heavy tone. Deeply influenced by Black Sabbath and the Melvins, Mustaches Wild has the potential to be a very dark release
with their very tongue-in-cheek lyrics.'
"Their second full-length was 1995's Suplex on which AMG commented – 'If more grunge was like this in the end instead of refried classic rock for junior-league stoners with newly purchased flannel, maybe the early to mid-’90s wouldn’t have been so problematic.'
"Karp’s swansong was 1997 Self Titled LP, which AMG described as an ideal tool to wake the dead or ensure that the neighbors will grab torches and start calling for a public burning. AMG review also pointed out that 'From the balls-out opening riff on the brilliant "Bacon Industry” to the closing, throat-shredding mania on “J Is for Genius,” this quite literally self-titled record simply does not and will not let up. The vocals sounds even more raw and raunchy than before and the temptation to pump one’s fist is almost impossible to resist. The trio’s ear for sassy, snarling, hip-grinding hooks gives everything a sandpaper-rough edge to hang onto, explaining why the stomp and sway of “Forget the Minions” and “Octoberfleshed” are so damn worthy of being cranked up all the way to 11.'
"New millennium saw the release of Action Chemistry, a collection of singles and compilation tracks, which came out on Punk In My Vitamins label in 2001. AMG described it as 'a surprisingly fierce collection, considering that it’s a bunch of tracks that didn’t make it onto their other full-length releases.' The album included 'Nothing Left Inside,' a Black Flag cover that the band recorded for a Flag tribute album, which was never released.
"After the band’s dissolution, various members went on to play with Tight Bros From Way Back When, the Whip, Dead Air Fresheners, Big Business and Melvins. Tragically, the band’s drummer Scott Jerrigan died in an accident in 2003, shortly after forming the Whip with Melvins bassist Joe Preston.
"Filmmaker/Federation X lead singer Bill Badgley is working on a documentary dedicated to the band, which is scheduled for 2009 release.
KARP DOCUMENTARY BENEFIT SHOW
With Off Campus (members of Peechees), Street Eaters, and Pigs. Also clips from the film will be shown between bands, and director Bill Badgely will answer questions
Dec. 19, 7-10 p.m. (noise permitted hours)
Sugar Mountain Studios,
2515 San Pablo Ave., Oakl.
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