Karen Page Issues Band Activity Update
Karen Page has checked in with the following update about the band's activity:
"So here we are. May 2010. This marks three years of karen page. Where to start. There's a lot of memories, and most of you don't give a shit. But this band started out as a fun activity between four friends. Jonny, anthony, rick, and myself. The music was pretty much a joke in the beginning. We were at the end of high school, in between bands, and we were just trying to pass the time. It was fun but the music was pretty much, well, awful. But we didn't give two shits. We played a bunch of shows on those shitty songs.
"Then the formula was changed. Anthony moved to guitar and we added a new drummer, chris. Chris was a great asset. Having him behind us helped us tremendously. It helped us tighten up. It made us feel like a band. It made us solid (well, kind of). So we recorded a 20 minute long ep entitled: ‘operator, operator, the phone is dead!’. Which we marketed as ‘the greatest album of all time.’ pffftttttt.... I listen to that record now and i can't believe how far we have come as musicians and as a band in three short years. Somehow, about a year after the release of ootpid. We got signed to Rotten Records. Someone wanted to sign us off of that ep. Pffftttttt..... Seriously though. So we singed and immediately began working new songs.
"So this is the story of the ‘karen page 2010’. When we were signed by rotten we were already starting to be pretty deep into song writing. The songs we had were a lot different than things we had done before. There was more singing, more pretty stuff. And some programming. Definitely experimenting. But we were doing it in a traditional karen page fashion. Without thought. We had 6 solid songs. But every song was a different genre [woodwork (mathcore/spaz), wasteland (hardcore/punk with a black metal section), nailbiter (softer metal), bag of nerves (jazz), monster (techno), and dead men (metal-core)]
"The purpose of this band always has and always will be to step outside of the box but we were pretty much stepping on the box. But we didn't know and didn't care. We had just got signed and we needed to record. So initially we were to record a 7’ ep which we were going to title ‘nailbiter’. We assumed that both sides of this vinyl had enough space to store the 20-25 or so minutes worth of music we had. So we recorded all six songs. Then we come to find out that there is 5 minutes of space on each side. One song on each side. And we have six songs. So we brainstorm and decide that since we are going to have an album due soon anyways let's just write new songs and then record them and we'll put all of the songs together as the debut. Cool. So we did it.
"But in between recordings we changed line-ups. Anthony and chris were both replaced. Getting new members in the middle of writing was hindering to say the least. But we marched on. Alan and bryce learned everything and we started writing the rest of the album. I had about 5 minutes worth of programmed stuff so we only needed about 3 or four more new songs so we pounded them out. Icebox, mortality, all sixes, and a fourth song which ended up evolving into interloper. So we re-entered the studio with a new drummer and new material.
"But these songs (except for the programmed interludes and outros) were a little different. They all have a metal undertone but don't step too far outside of the boundaries. They were just better songs. More on the out of the woodwork side. It was clear to me when those songs were written that karen page was definably a hardcore metal band. It wasn't a disco band, it wasn't a jazz band, it wasn't a metalcore band it wasn't pop punk or techno or nine inch nails. But it was too late to change anything. The album was finished. Overall, it's a decent record. It's solid and it's well played and none of it is bad music (at least to us) it's just poorly thought out.
"So now it's may and the record's been out for 3 months and we have come to another transitional period and another line-up change. After two more shows rick and bryce are gone. So here's the main announcement. I will be fulfilling guitar duties as well as lead vocals and we have a pretty good idea of who will be playing bass. So in traditional fashion when one chapter closes, a new one begins. So new material is already starting come together. And i must say that this is what karen page was meant to be. The new songs are definitely moving in a more hardcore metal direction but we're still keeping it interesting.
"Karen page has evolved into a new animal and we have reached a brand-new period in our growth as a band and as overall musicians. The time has come for us to put up or shut up, and we're about to open up a can of whoop-ass all over all ya'll."
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