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Karp documentary premieres tonight at the Silent Theatre in L.A.

January 17, 2012 | 11:02 am

In the shadow of Seattle’s grunge explosion, Karp — a post-hard-core band from tiny Tumwater, Wash. — didn’t manage to survive, let alone grace the frequencies of your local rock radio station.

Karp’s legacy, though brief, was influential enough for director Bill Badgely (of rock band Federation X) to make a documentary about the band. The 2009 film "Kill All Rednick Pricks: A Documentary About a Band Called Karp")" finally makes its L.A. premiere Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Silent Movie Theatre, presented by CineFamily and Sean Carnage, event programmer for Echo Park venue Pehrspace.

Founded by bassist Jared Warren (of Big Business and the Melvins), guitarist Chris Smith and drummer Scott Jernigan, the band melded violently distorted fuzz rock with hard-core and catchy, shouted vocals that seared itself into the underground hard rock scene between 1990 and 1998.

Karp's deal with Olympia, Wash.-based label K Records spanned only three albums before the band spilt and its members went on to play with a handful of other groups, including Tight Bros From Way Back When, the Whip and Dead Air Fresheners. Jernigan died in a boating incident in 2003. Warren went on to form the band Big Business with drummer Coady Willis. Both Warren and Willis went on join the Melvins in 2006.

In addition to the band’s creation story and tons of rare concert footage, the film features interviews with Kathleen Hanna (Bikini Kill), Justin Trosper (Unwound), Calvin Johnson (K Records), Joe Preston (Melvins), members of Tight Bros From Way Back When and more.

The screening will also feature a Q&A with Badgley after the film. Check out a trailer of the film below.


"Kill All Redneck Pricks" (trailer) from CineFamily on Vimeo.

"Kill All Redneck Pricks: A Documentary About a Band Called Karp" premieres Jan. 17 at the Silent Movie Theatre. 611 N. Faifax Ave. Los Angeles. 7: 30 p.m. $10 (free for movie theater members).

Photo: The band Karp -- Scott Jernigan, left, Chris Smith and Jarren Warren. Credit: Courtesy of karplives.com