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Veteran Punk Artist Karl Meyer Releases Debut Solo Album - 'Career Ending Move'

"Career Ending Move: Is Dubbed 'punk for adults.'

(Chicago, Illinois)

About "Career Ending Move"

In his album “Career Ending Move,” Karl Meyer steps up to the microphone, for the first time as a vocalist, to deliver his songs in his own distinct, full-throat, voice. LC/50 vocalist Sabrina Betancourt joins Karl for four songs and sings lead on “Still Angry.”

Karl collaborates with two friends on the project: vocalist Sandra Lee is on “Next Year’s Lover” and guitarist soloist Mondo Cortez on “Dead Weight.” Aside from Mondo’s brief appearance, Karl performs all the guitar and bass work. Tim Reisig plays the drums and organ.

The album consists of 10 tracks:

1. Two Faced Scumbag

2. Dead Weigh

3. Leech

4. Still Angry

5. Detractors

6. Next Year’s Lover

7. Mirror

8. Veneer

9. Rehash

10. Career Ending Move

The lyrical themes on “Career Ending Move” range from scumbag bosses to failed relationships to learning how to deal with the leeches and detractors who try to bring you down. His message is this:

"Life is not over yet, but there’s a lot to reflect upon at this point, so let’s take a few minutes to deliver those reflections now, at top volume." - Karl Meyer

“You’re damn right, I’ve got a point to prove.There’s nothing left that I can lose. I got a lit match next to the fuse. And here’s my latest career ending move!” - Karl Meyer, Lyrics to "Career Ending Move"

About Karl Meyer

As a sophomore in high school, Karl co-founded the hardcore punk outfit Sluggo, whose 8-song Contradiction E.P. is still regarded as a genuine article of DIY Midwestern thrash. Despite his young age, Karl earned a local reputation as a solid, fast bassist and was soon sought after by established bands SS-20 and The Edge who were looking to upgrade their sound. By the time he left town for college in 1986, Karl had performed dozens of gigs at the legendary Jockey Club in Newport, Kentucky, recorded six records, and co-founded the notorious Human Zoo.

After moving to Chicago in the 1990’s, Karl started his second musical career as a hustling, bass-playing sideman in the local blues scene, performing with many legendary artists including Little Mac Simmons, Eddie Taylor, Jr., Tail Dragger, Little Arthur Duncan, Alex “Easy Baby” Randle, Willie Buck, and many others. Along the way, Karl developed an interest in authentic blues harmonica and produced three harmonica blues CDs for established labels Random Chance Records and Wolf Records.

In 2015 Karl responded to an advertisement for a punk rock bass player. Within a few months he found himself writing a fresh batch of songs to perform with his new band-mates Sabrina, Ted, and Nicole. They named the band LC/50, and in 2017, released their first E.P. “Lovebirds and Lies.” At 50 Karl returned to punk and songwriting and decided to fulfill his lifelong dream of making his own album, on his own terms, with concessions to no one.

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Listen on Spotify.

Contact Karl: Bandcamp


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