Karp (band)

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Origin Tumwater, Washington, U.S.
Genres Post-hardcore [1]
Years active1990–1998
Labels K, Kill Rock Stars
Associated acts Big Business, Melvins
MembersChris Smith
Jared Warren
Scott Jernigan

Karp was an American post-hardcore band from Tumwater, Washington, that formed in 1990 and lasted until 1998. The band was formed by Chris Smith a.k.a. Chris "Slayer", Jared Warren and Scott Jernigan. They released three full-length albums titled Mustaches Wild, Suplex, and Self Titled LP. They also released several EPs and 7" records.


Karp mixed elements of hardcore punk and metal à la the Melvins with an ear for pop-influenced song assembly. The band name is inspired from a newsletter/zine that Smith put out in high school and is an acronym that stands for "Kill All Redneck Pricks". Their oft used logo of an eagle with spread wings was a modification on the defunct National Recovery Administration's "Blue Eagle" logo. Their recordings were released by several Northwest-related labels such as K Records, Kill Rock Stars, and Punk in My Vitamins.

Members went on to play with Tight Bro's from Way Back When, The Whip, Dead Air Fresheners, Big Business and the Melvins. Drummer Scott Jernigan died in a boating accident on June 10, 2003.

New York-based documentarian Bill Badgley (of the rock band Federation X), released a documentary on the band, entitled Kill All Redneck Pricks, a preview of which was shown in Seattle October 22, 2009. [2]



7" singles and EPs

Compilation appearances and splits

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