| Art Barrios |
Audio Karate is a pop punk band from Rosemead, California.
Audio Karate signed to Kung Fu Records in fall 2004. They put out their debut album, Space Camp, on May 14, 2002. The album featured the songs "Nintendo 89," "Rosemead," and "Senior Year." After the release of Space Camp, Audio Karate toured the world with bands such as The Ataris, NOFX, Blink-182.
After the heavy touring, the band decided to take a break to write their next record. The result was an album named Lady Melody that was produced by Bill Stevenson of the Descendents. Lady Melody was released on June 1, 2004 on Kung Fu Records. Lady Melody is considered a much darker and angrier record than Space Camp. After the release of the record the band began to tour non-stop in support of it. At the end of the year, the band announced that they would take a "vacation". In 2005 a rumor spread that the band had broken up, but this was later proven to be false.
On October 15, 2006 Audio Karate updated their fans via a blog entry on their MySpace page. The entry stated that vocalist/guitarist Art Barrios & guitarist Jason Camacho are writing the soundtrack to an independent movie titled "Maquillaje", a dark movie about botched love and suicide. It is directed by Marcial Rios, a friend of the band. The film is done entirely in Spanish. The music that they are writing for the movie doesn't sound like the typical Audio Karate songs; most of the songs have been fueled by heavy drinking. They also mentioned that they are working on a new album, but they don't know when it will be coming out, or when they will be able to go on tour again.
In the meantime, Jason Camacho had built a studio, Lady Melody Recordings. It is expected that Audio Karate will be recording their new album here.
The band has posted that Mike Jimenez, formerly of the pop punk band Rufio, will be drumming for them while original drummer Gabe Camacho is away. Gabe Camacho has since rejoined the band to record their follow up to Lady Melody, bringing the original line up back together and still recording Audio Karate music.
- Art Barrios - vocals, guitar
- Jason Camacho - guitar, backing vocals
- Justo Gonzalez - bass, backing vocals
- Gabriel Camacho - drums
- Space Camp (May 14, 2002)
- Lady Melody (June 1, 2004)