Karate, Guns & Tanning hail from the Midwest, Indianapolis and Louisville to be more specific. The band uses a combination of shoegaze, post-punk, and psychedelic dream pop to deliver its textured musical flavoring. The quartet just announced its intent to self-release its debut album Concrete Beach on March 26th.
In the meantime, the band has shared the debut single “Grafitti Children,” a hallucinatory/surrealist animated music video created by Andrew Knives.
Karate, Guns & Tanning (named after a sign above a strip mall in Plainfield, IN) is the culmination of a 15-year collaboration between two intuitive experimental songwriting witches, Valerie Green (she/her, Indianapolis) and Paige Shedletsky (she/her, Louisville), who initially met in Colorado in 2005 while waitressing together at a creepy diner fit for a David Lynch set. Despite Green moving back to the Midwest in 2009, they maintained a cross-country songwriting process over the years; once the pandemic hit, they recruited friends from the Indianapolis music scene — guitarist Joy Caroline Mills (she/her) and drummer Daniel Guajardo (he/him) — to join the band. In typical 2020 fashion, the album was recorded entirely remotely, and some members of the band had never actually met in person until after the album was completed.