ūüď¨ Get the Newsletter: Weekly podcasts, 'History of the Band' articles, new music reviews & more

Podcast Episode
Season
Twelve
number
592
Type
Album Review
Post Date
4/12/2022

Karate

592 In Place of Real Insight by Karate

In Place of Real Insight

Label
Southern Records
Release year
1997
Producer
John Williams
Transparent Embed Background

Karate's understated post-rock album In Place of Real Insight showcases subtle jazz and blues influences but suffered from sameness

Author & Special Guests

Terms like post-punk, post-rock, emo, indie, etc. get tossed around when talking about 90s rock bands that strayed from the mainstream to embrace a different take on the soft/loud dynamic. Boston four-piece Karate takes the angular twin-guitar and vocal attack of Fugazi and shave off some of the rougher edges while incorporating Slint-like slowcore, dialing down the tempos and volumes ready to burst. Karate adds a twist with jazzy phrasings and even a dirgy blues riff, giving the band an opportunity to work with a wider sonic pallet, while leaving plenty of open space that occasionally feels underdeveloped.

Does This album bring back some great vibes?

Remember when you first discovered this album? We’re grateful to dig into these hidden gems and bring them the attention they deserve. Your support helps us uncover more albums deserve another moment in the spotlight.

Songs in this episode

  • Intro - It's 98 Stop
  • 17:30 - New Martini
  • 27:22 - New Hangout Condition
  • 35:46 - Wake Up, Decide
  • Outro - Die Die

Follow us to know when this episode is available

We are a weekly podcast with new episodes published every Tuesday morning. Subscribe to the show in iTunes or your favorite podcast app to get new episode delivered to you. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter for episode releases, previews and 90's rock news.

View in iTunes
Social media

Playlist

Spotify playlist for this episode

In Place of Real Insight