Karate Coyote harmonizes variety of styles
Written by COLE CHRISTENSEN Sentinel Staff Writer   
Tuesday, 06 September 2011 11:07
Karate Coyote is a self described “20-something sextet” of college graduates that are balancing post-college pressure to enter into careers, while working hard to break through as a full-time touring band.
These polar forces of adult life tugging at the band are also an apt metaphor for their music, which balances simple melodies with complex rhythmic time signatures to create sounds that are accessible to fans on both sides of their pop/indie rock designation.
For a band founded in a crowded college music scene in Columbus and entering into a more crowded indie rock market, creating music with a unique balance of instrumental sounds and tight three-part male and female vocal harmonies is advantageous.
“It is really the sum of the six of us, and we have so many influences that we end up having a pretty unique sound,” band member Eric Vescelius said in a recent telephone interview. “Some of us have a jazz background, some of us have a folk background and some of us have choral experience. It all comes together and I think that is what makes us unique.”
With strong support from their home base in Columbus, Karate Coyote has established a growing fan base by providing an engaging live show that highlights their diverse background and talents.
Reviews for their debut album “Inner Animals” and their recent EP “Ride On Pegasus!” include such accolades as “Columbus’ rising star ...” and “... one really great song away from a career-changing iPod commercial.”
Karate Coyote opens up the 2011 Black Swamp Arts Festival, and the audience can expect a high-energy set from a band that is on the cusp of breaking through to the national indie pop market.
“We are lucky to have so much support from the Columbus music scene and from the Midwest in general,” Vescelius said. “We would love to do this as a career and it is something that we enjoy so much that even if it doesn’t break through, it is the best thing that has ever happened to us.”

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