Audio Karate has reissued their sophomore record, Lady Melody, on vinyl for the first time. Remastered by Jason Livermore (The Blasting Room), the limited pressing of 500, with 100 copies in classic black vinyl, 150 copies in tricolor splatter, and 250 in coke-bottle green, features reworked artwork and original handwritten lyrics.
Lady Melody was originally recorded and mixed in two weeks in December 2003 at The Blasting Room in Fort Collins, Colorado by Jason Livermore and Bill Stevenson (Descendents/All). It remains a fan-favorite 16 years later with a sound that feels as urgent and fresh in 2020 as it did in 2004.
To celebrate the milestone, the band have released a new video for "Gypsyqueen" that compiles nearly 20 years of tour footage into one montage:
Audio Karate guitarist Jason Camacho says of the reissue:
“It’s the worst album cover really, but it’s bizarro, and the record is kind of bizarro, and we’re definitely bizarro. We self-funded our first release 20 years ago in my mom’s living room, and we’re still DIY. We’ve merely upgraded to Justo’s garage. We’re just beyond happy that we’re able to release this for our friends and fans who’ve been asking for it for a long time. Thank you all! Now please leave us alone!”
The band adds, "Thank you for all the years of continued support, hope this video reminds you of simpler times...not a single cell phone in hand by anyone in the audience. Imagine that."
After a 12 year hiatus, they reunited in 2018 for the reissue of their first record, Space Camp, on vinyl with Wiretap Records. In 2019, they released their lost third album, Malo.
Lady Melody on vinyl is now available for purchase directly from the band at audiokaratestore.com. It is a 100% self-funded project.