KARP – s/t album (1997)

A lot of current bands from the last ten years that are nothing but riff merchants, dentist that just riff for riffs’ sake, emergency are flat-out bores — but on the other side, anorexia there’s Karp, who fucking nailed it with the force of an industrial-strength industrial drill. Their final album came out right at the time I started doing college radio in ’97, and stayed on my turntable for weeks straight at a time. Allmusic sez:

Karp bowed out of existence with this monster of a record, arguably the best influence Iron Maiden has ever had on any other band ever (the worthy-of-worship song titles are all the band’s own, though). 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 — this is hard rock that lives up to the name — 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…It couldn’t be finer. Just what is needed if waking the dead is the goal — or ensuring the neighbors will grab torches and start calling for a public burning.

If you’re still not convinced, then a single listen to the track “Spelling Trouble”, towards the end of the record, will tip you over the edge.

Karp – s/t LP (ZIP file)

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740 Responses to KARP

  1. Kevin says:

    When I moved to Minneapolis and started doing shows in our house the very first show we did was Karp. I had seen them a couple of months before in Olympia and was floored. I fucking love Karp.

  2. ilan katin says:

    Some mystery it is that when that certain group of people get together and make music that it just blows the mind in that certain way that you feel like you could skydive without thinking twice about it.

  3. Creatured says:

    Thanks for another one. My trader friend(notsaved) has a bunch of live shows and talks well of Karp,so this seems liek a good chance to check Karp out
    Do you happen to have a Riuchi Skamoto project from 1980 called B2 Unit- Logic 12″ EP. This record sounds nothing like Karp, but thought i’d ask anyways.
    Any chance of Flac/lossless uploads?
    Do you trade?

  4. roger_camden says:

    Karp is great

    as is Big Business

    shame about Karp’s drummer, though

  5. 6of1 says:

    Despite being a rabid collector, this is my first exposure. I can only say that this album crushes. Maybe — just maybe — a logical extension of the Helmet style with some Big Black sensibilities thrown in? I hate it when I do that.

  6. chuck says:

    WAY happy to have found this. Always heard the name but never actually HEARD them.
    Thanks soooooooooo much for this bost. BADASS!!!

  7. ST(E)AK says:

    Even thought the album is great i fail to hear any influence by Iron Maiden at all. I agree more with the Helmet, Big Black reverence.

  8. cole says:

    still listen to this weekly years on. now they, well it’s basically just the original bass/singer are Big Business and fill out The Melvins.
    Also they were a short lived band called Theeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee Whip.
    Than Big Business

  9. Kenneth says:

    I saw KARP in 1995 at Oh Hell Cafe in Portland. While the band was setting up, the drummer, Scott Jernigan, produced a hammer and several nails and began pounding them through the bottom of his bass drum into the stage.