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Devastating Karate / Bio

Devastating Karate’s fifth release, Pajarito Plateau, embarks on a roots-rock experiment dubbed “postmodern cowboy” (KZSC, Santa Cruz). Two of the new tunes were recently featured on the MTV series “Caged” and the EP already receives radio airplay in many North American markets including Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Sacramento, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, San Luis Obispo, San Antonio, Tucson, Las Vegas, Pittsburgh, Chicago and Calgary AB. DK debuted the new material at the 2011 Sheideck Summer Music Fest, sharing modern folk stories from the shores of Venice Beach, to the high desert of rural New Mexico, back to the shackles of Tucson’s Pima County Courthouse.

Devastating Karate formed in the summer of 2005 and is fronted by guitarist Rat Ratliff, with Zach Lewis playing drums and Charles Pasarell on bass. Lead guitarist Chris Cohick joined the former trio in fall, 2010, and the band recently added Adam Preskill on sax and keys. Described as “honky-tonk, punk-rock drinking music” (KXLU, Los Angeles), Devastating Karate released a self-titled album in late 2005, followed by a Southwest tour in the spring of 2006. The 2007 release of their sophomore effort, Santa Monica Lawn Bowling Park (EP), was supported by two West Coast tours and regular performances in the Los Angeles area. After the 2008 release of The Gallery (LP), DK produced their first music video and hit the road for multiple tours and festivals throughout the Southwest. The band received their first Independent Music Award nomination for the concept album The Awesome Depression (LP), released in 2009.

Influenced by groups ranging from Wilco and Kings of Leon, to Devo, Ween and The Pixies, Devastating Karate’s “power, energy and sense of humor equip them with a timeless quality that will probably transcend trends and fads” (Terrance Lam, GM, Downtown Records). Compared to the Supersuckers, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and classified as “desert Americana boogie” by Duncan Hudson (Music Director, KXCI, Tucson), DK is “A tongue-in-cheek, honky-tonk tinged [former] power trio that hoists a brew to everything from Hank Williams' earthy country to hormonal '80s hair metal, this bunch is almost as fun as that one Fourth of July where Uncle Kenny passed out on the neighbors' lawn” (Jason Bracelin, Las Vegas Review-Journal). Film writer/director Peter Iliff shares an appreciation for the band, having including three Devastating Karate tunes in his upcoming movie, Rites of Passage, starring Christian Slater, Kate Maberly, Stephen Dorff and Wes Bentley.

General Info

Band Members
Rat Ratliff - vocal/guitar, Zach Lewis - drums/vocals, Charles Pasarell - bass/vocals, Chris Cohick - lead guitar, Adam Preskill - sax/keys/vocals
Artist Name
Devastating Karate
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Active Since
Rock / Cowpunk / Alternative

Contact Info

Venice, CA

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