Arturo Barrios, Justo Gonzales, and Gabriel Camacho used to make up L.A. indie heroes Audio Karate. Signed to the California-based label Kung Fu Records, Audio Karate did some great things, they’re still loved around the area and they got in to some cool international stuff too. But after running into the traditional obstacles, Barrios and the two founding members of Audio Karate walked away from the band. As fate would have it, that wouldn’t be the final music collaboration the band had together. After being away from music, Barrios was forced to come back to it when there was literally nothing else he could do.
“I was in a couple of car accidents within nine months of each other. Up to that point I’d pretty much given up on music, but once that happened I couldn’t work so I took back to songwriting. That’s the beginning of that. From there we recruited a guitarist and found a piano player and that became Indian School.”
“It’s been a blessing in disguise looking back now,” said Barrios remembering life-changing events. “I had a herniated disc in my lower back, in my mid-back, and then in my neck, so I was literally bed-ridden for probably two months, maybe a month and a half. I could walk to and from the bathroom.”
Months of agony and a long road to recovery led Barrios to forming Indian School with his former band mates. Now Barrios is back and aiming to do some great things. Including a show at The Viper Room in L.A. The band has generated some notoriety again. A lot of that is the Audio Karate connection but a lot of that is from their debut EP.
“We self-engineered it,” said Barrios on making the EP. “We engineered all of the guitar, drums, vocals. Everything you hear we recorded ourselves in our little home studio. We had a guy named Shawn Sullivan, mix. He’s a pretty good mixer, he’s done some pretty good work. He was our big hired-hand and he finalized the record but everything else we did ourselves.”
DIY has been good for this band. They recorded their debut EP themselves and they're earning recognition in the public eye that way too.
“It’s been great, we've gotten some good press just by word of mouth. We have some labels starting to pay attention and we actually have a small record label in the U.K. called Walnut Tree and they put out the record over there.”
Indian School will be at The Viper Room in L.A. on May 17th. For more on the band you can check them out at Facebook.com/indianschoolrock