Karate’s Geoff Farina: "I have an ongoing identity crisis – every six months I’m enamored with some other style of guitar playing"

(Image credit: Numero Group/Karate)

Outside of chance used bin scores, exceptionally inflated vinyl listings on Discogs, and the occasional unsanctioned YouTube rip, it’s been tough for people to find the collected works of Allston, MA-formed emo-jazz explorers Karate since the band broke up in 2005.

Earlier this year, however, the cult act announced a full-on digital and vinyl reissue campaign through vaunted archival hub, The Numero Group. While the Chicago label made its name by unearthing rare R&B recordings through its legendary Eccentric Soul series, the Karate re-releases follow a similar tack as Numero’s ‘90s-minded overviews of underground indie groups like Unwound, Bedhead, and Blonde Redhead. 

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Gregory Adams

Gregory Adams is a Vancouver-based arts reporter. From metal legends to emerging pop icons to the best of the basement circuit, he’s interviewed musicians across countless genres for nearly two decades, most recently with Guitar World, Bass Player, Revolver, and more – as well as through his independent newsletter, Gut Feeling. This all still blows his mind. He’s a guitar player, generally bouncing hardcore riffs off his ’52 Tele reissue and a dinged-up SG.