Karate, Guns & Tanning is the culmination of a 15-year collaboration between the instinctive songwriting duo, Valerie Green and Paige Shedletsky. Their debut album Concrete Beach is an incendiary blast of industrial-tinged post-punk, shoegaze and dream-pop.
Born out of restlessness and pent-up aggression, and further intensified by the ambient dread of the early months of the pandemic, their fierce energy is palpable on standout moments like the rousing, militaristic cries of â€œHot Bots,â€ as well as the synth-splattered â€œBadlands,â€ a nightmarish vision of a doomed journey into the darkest heart of the desert. â€œBreaking Teeth,â€ with its metallic guitars, gritty bass and chanted rally cries of â€œFight! Fight! Fight! Fight!â€ (not to mention some blazing guitar solos from Mills), evokes the hyper-distorted noise-pop clamor of Sleigh Bells.
That brooding intensity percolates on â€œFire,â€ a new wave-tinted track powered by technicolor synths, melodic bass and dreamlike lyrics. Meanwhile, â€œArtifactsâ€ roars to life with pounding, Bonham-sized drums and hyper-processed vocals that serve as another instrument in the mix. Elsewhere, the bandâ€™s experimental dream-pop past is resurrected by the lush and soaring pop smarts of â€œZenith,â€ a minimalist cut inspired by the SpaceX launch.
Consisting of Shedletsky (she/her) on keyboards and assorted synths/noise-making, and vocals, Green (she/her) on lead vocals, bass, and synths, Joy Caroline Mills (she/her) on guitar, and Daniel Guajardo (he/him) on drums, the album was written remotely, recorded and produced by the band, and professionally mixed and mastered. Concrete Beach will be out in spring 2021. When touring resumes, catch Karate, Guns & Tanning breaking teeth at a concrete beach near you.