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News del 25/07/2005
La notizia Ŕ apparsa qualche giorno fa sul sito di Geoff Farina (www.geofffarina.com): i Karate si sciolgono.
Il concerto di Roma del 10 Luglio sarÓ quindi l'ultimo in assoluto della band.
Le motivazioni sono di natura personale e fisica. Geoff, infatti, ha dei gravissimi problemi all'udito causati da anni di tour e volumi elevati.
Ecco la comunicazione che trovate sul sito di Geoff:
RIP Karate 1993-2005
Karate has disbanded after 12 wonderful years of making music together. We played our last show in Rome on July 10th, 2005. I could no longer continue with the band for a number of personal reasons, the most important of which is that I have developed hearing problems from many years of dangerously loud stage sound. After seeing a hearing specialist and attempting to continue working with Karate, it quickly became clear that I can no longer play at the high stage volume that Karate requires. Over the next year I will continue working with my other various bands and projects, and I will also start working on a new band with a different instrumentation and stage setup that allows me to continue performing the songs that I love to write and sing. Of course Gavin and Jeff will also continue to make great music, and we hope you will all continue listening!
It would be impossible to thank everyone who has helped us since we started in 1993. First and foremost, to those of you who have bought our records and come to our shows, as Gavin and Jeff recently said, we would still be making noise in a basement in Allston if it weren't for you. You have given us more than we can ever return, and we thank you sincerely for giving us a chance to make music for you. Secondly, Shannin Cartwright, Danielle Soto, Allison Schnackenberg, Mahmood Shaikh, Massimo Pupillo, Eamonn Vitt, Greet Vyvey, Andy Hong, Bernard Van Hecke, Eliot Shepard, Jamie Fleischel, Stacie Merrill, Stuart Fletcher, Ana Valdes, Jodi Buonanno, and Caterina Mongiat, we will never be able to thank you for your personal commitment to Karate. We could not have done this without the time and effort you have devoted to the band. To everyone at Southern past and present, all our friends and families, roadies/merch vendors, promoters, booking agents, distributors, and everyone who has lent us gear, given us rides, fed and housed us over the years, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Finally, thank you Gavin and Jeff for so many years of great music! You are two of my favorite musicians and I hope we can play together again soon.