“Operation: Sand” By Karate

Karate was a Boston-based band formed in 1993 with Geoff Farina (singer/guitar), Eamonn Vitt (bass), and Gavin McCarthy (drums). Bassist Jeff Goddard joined in 1995, and Vitt moved on to second guitar until his departure in 1997 to pursue medicine.

In 1998 the three-piece released released a 7″ vinyl featuring “Operation: Sand” and “Empty There” as its B-side. Karate’s music was always hard to categorize (it wasn’t quite rock, it wasn’t quite jazz), but without the second guitar, their music grew more sparse and relied more on the rhythm section. The 7″ set the stage for the sound of The Bed Is In The Ocean, their third full-length released later that same year.

“Operation: Sand” is one of my all-time favorite songs. it’s intricate in all the right ways and lyrically mysterious. Two versions can be found below, and the 7″ was reissued in 2015 and can be purchased via Southern Records here.

Studio recording:

Live recording:

Vonnegut on Gun Control

“My wife has been killed by a machine which should never have come into the hands of any human being. It is called a firearm. It makes the blackest of all human wishes come true at once, at a distance: that something die.

There is evil for you.

We cannot get rid of mankind’s fleetingly wicked wishes. We can get rid of the machines that make them come true.

I give you a holy word: DISARM.”

― Kurt Vonnegut, Deadeye Dick

Google Trends – [gun control]

Google queries for the term [gun control] remain strong post-Parkland. Usually, these fade fast after an incident, but this suggests that this time has more sustainability.

The brave survivors speaking out, upcoming nationwide demonstrations, and actions from organizations like Eveytown.org will hopefully keep this issue alive.

I have hope.