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Hardcore rippers Kharma announce tour with Dare

Hardcore rippers Kharma announce tour with Dare
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Share music video for ‘Jester’. Still thriving off the release of 2020’s ‘Most Dangerous Game’ EP, Chicago HC band Kharma have announced a March tour with California hardcore act Dare.

The trek kicks off with a hometown show in Chicago on 3/13 as the pair find their way across the U.S. before wrapping things up on 4/2 in Cincinnati, OH. To get fans ready for their wild, no-frills live show, Kharma has shared a music video for the track ‘Jester’ off their aforementioned EP. Compiled in Fall 2022 while on tour with Knocked Loose, the video was filmed and directed by Errick Easterday with additional footage contributions from Kharma and Trey Garris (of Dare). You can watch the clip here now and find a full list of tour dates below.

Tour Dates:
2/26 – Louisville, KY @ Portal w/ Vein.fm + Foreign Hands

w/ Dare
3/13 – Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
3/14 – Toledo, OH @ Ottawa Tavern
3/15 – Buffalo, NY @ Casa di Francesca’s
3/16 – Gardner, MA @ Eagles Hall
3/17 – Brooklyn, NY @ Sovereign
3/18 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
3/19 – Baltimore, MD @ Shamrock Inn
3/20 – Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern
3/21 – Jacksonville, FL @ Archetype
3/23 – Tampa, FL @ Born Free Bar
3/24 – Baton Rouge, LA @ Phil Brady’s
3/25 – Houston, TX @ Satellite Bar
3/26 – San Antonio, TX @ Vibes Underground
3/27 – Dallas, TX @ Cheap Steaks
3/28 – Tulsa, OK @ Foolish Things
3/29 – Little Rock, AR @ Vino’s
3/30 – Memphis, TN @ Hi Tone
3/31 – Chattanooga, TN @ The Spot
4/1 – Evansville, IN @ Damsel’s
4/2- Cincinnati, OH @ Legend’s

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Photo Credit: Tony Truty

Formed in 2015 in Chicago, Kharma deals in gritty, metallic hardcore with walls of sound to pummel the listener into submission. Directly influenced by their city, from the forebears of their scene to the daily circumstances that inform their lyrics and unrelenting aggression, the quintet calls to mind the blunt brutality of acts like Neglect, Billy Club Sandwich, Bulldoze, and Arkangel. While hardcore has always been a genre of the people, Kharma truly embodies that sentiment through tales of life on the streets and the reality of surviving in the middle of America. The band gave their first glimpse into this world on 2016’s self-released EP, ‘Survival’, followed up by 2018’s ‘Moment Of Violence’ EP, leading to their 2020 EP, ‘Most Dangerous Game’, out on Flatspot Records.

Throughout the 5 tracks on ‘Most Dangerous Game’, Kharma flexes their shattering sonic assault on topics such as classism, police brutality and racism, systems of oppression the band has been challenging since their inception. Inspired by Richard Connell’s ‘The Most Dangerous Game’, the band applies the analogy to varying degrees within the dismal stories told on the EP. Recorded and mixed with Andy Nelson (Weekend Nachos) at Bricktop Recordings in Chicago, the band showcases pulverizing riffs with harsh, spiteful vocals amounting to a concoction of mosh-ready and genuine anthems for the dark modern age. With a no-frills attitude and fervid live performances, Kharma has shared the stage with the likes of Knocked Loose, Madball, Life Of Agony, Gulch, and Magnitude. Heading out on tour with Dare this Spring, Kharma are entering 2022 on a strong note, solidifying their further rise in Chicago’s heavy music scene and beyond.

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