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On September 3rd LA indie rockers Indian School (formerly Audio Karate) launched a KickStarter campaign to help raise funds for a van to help get them back out on the road in support of their upcoming reissue of The Cruelest Kind which will be out on 9/25th on Animal Style Records. Funding for the campaign ends on October 18th.

In a online posting the band explains: “Being on the road for months at a time, sleeping at truck stops in the snow and careening down countless roads around the world and United States slowly became all we knew. The reward was often connecting with music lovers of all shapes and forms, some of which having grown up along side the sounds of our first project Audio Karate. When the music subsided, life had dealt everyone hands that had to be played correctly to preserve the interests of college degrees, family and health. The birth of Indian School, and our debut E.P “The Cruelest Kind” is sure to be the catalyst that thrusts us back into a city near you! To get to you, we need a van to once again, rekindle our only real passion… Being on the road. Driving all night. Shaking the hands of those whom we do this for… You, and your love for music!”

*All pledges over $5 will get an acoustic Audio Karate EP

**All prices include shipping for people in the US. For international donations, please check each individual packages for shipping prices. Feel free to message us if you have any questions!

Check out an online video about the campaign below.

For those who can help, please visit HERE to help out.

Recently signed to LA-based indie Animal Style Records, the label plans to reissue the band’s self-released debut digitally and on vinyl with all-new cover art and a new bonus track on September 25th, 2012.

From 2000 – 2005, Arturo Barrios, Justo Gonzalez and Gabriel Camacho where all part of Audio Karate (Kung Fu Records), a great indie pop punk band that turned in two completely different albums, 2002’s Space Camp and 2004’s much darker Lady Melody. They hadn’t reached Green Day levels of popularity, but could write same damn catchy songs and been dragged across the globe by bands like The Vandale and The Ataris, winning over fans in various countries. Then they called it quits.

Years went by with nary a peep from the group, then front man Barrios got in two back to back accidents. Bam! Inspiration found. What followed was a song writing exercise that brought up themes of death, religion, greed, drugs and chicks (come on, you gotta write about chicks). Finally recovered, he called up some of his old band mates and brought along Anthony Leach on guitar and Eric Wood on piano. Gone for nearly a decade, not to mention the added element of piano, the band’s sound had changed a bit. Still catchy as hell, they have a stronger indie rock vibe now; part My Morning Jacket, with the rebellious streak of The Replacements. The band has grown up, and so has their sound, so somehow it made sense to rechristen the collective as they release their six-song debut EP The Cruelest Kind.

The result is a strong argument for every band playing today to take a seven-year break to recharge and reinvent. From the opening high-hat taps of “Elvis,” that quickly evolves into the best song Westerberg and the rest of The Replacements never wrote, to the more complicated, but no less amazing “Cocktail Flu,” the band has more than made up for the fallow period.

Audio Karate is dead. Long live Indian School!