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A Simpler Sugar

by Karate Bikini

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Squeezums 02:36
Tonight 03:18
You Liar 03:06 video
Song 22 02:32 video


Anti-Formula: What were the biggest influences on this album?

TM: I think the title of the album, A Simpler Sugar, sort of gets at that. I think in general this album is more accessible than the last. We tried to focus on simplifying some things and organizing things better. One of the things about Karate Bikini is that there is no shortage of ideas, and we can all play our instruments pretty well. But sometimes that meant everybody wailing and every idea coming at you all at the same time. We're getting better at keeping that down, picking our spots, and highlighting our better ideas. I think that is the biggest influence on this album.


released October 1, 2014

Tim McAvin - bass, guitar, keyboards, TV, vocals
John Horton - guitar, bass
Mike Martin - guitar
Michelle Rae - sax, flute, vocals
Rich Ives - keyboards
Danny Hommes - percussion, vocals
Gabe Doiron - guitar
Adam Frick - french horn, guitar, accordion, glockenspiel
All songs by Tim McAvin (except K.N.U.C.K.L.E. by McA and Michelle Rae)
Recorded in the Pool Room by Karate Bikini
Mixed by Adam Frick (4, 5, 6, 8, 10) Steve Hidgon (1, 2, 3, 9, 11) and Gabe Doiron (7)
Executive Producer Danny Hommes
Produced by Karate Bikini except (7) produced by Gabe Doiron and (6) produced by Adam Frick
Mastered by Jack Petracek
Art by Tim, Simon and Ellie McAvin


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Karate Bikini Saint Louis, Missouri

Karate Bikini -
Six seasoned musicians surround a musical core provided by songwriter Tim McAvin. Sonically, the group reminds audiences that ensemble performances transcend the mechanized sound of much of today’s music. Melodies conjure memories of Sam Cook, Matthew Sweet, Madness and musical locales
like Motown, Beale and New York when Television and Lou Reed walked the streets.
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