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Karate Coyote stays together for the band's fans

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

What keeps a band together?

The Beatles eventually couldn't answer that, while the Rolling Stones have done it.

When it comes to purely local musical groups, the answer definitely isn't fame and most certainly not fortune.

For the members of the curiously named Karate Coyote, the trick to keeping largely intact for five-plus years is that they like pleasing people.

"We love playing music and just spreading our music as much as we can, as much as our fans will let us," Northwest Side resident Ted Bigham said.

"We'd like to tour, we'd like to do all that stuff, but at the end of the day it's really up to the fans."

"As we've gotten older, sometimes it gets harder to find the times to practice and everything," said singer Kendra Jados of Upper Arlington.

"Two of our members are married and we have jobs and two of us are in grad school, but I think it's all still worth it," Jados said.

"I think it's still enriching all of our lives a lot," she said.

The others in the band are Ryan Horn on vocals and guitar, lead guitarist Eric Vescelius and bassist Nic Jados, Kendra's brother.

"I would describe our music as pop-rock, indie-rock," Kendra Jados said.

"It's all about melodies and harmonies and it's just about people having fun and giving people something fun to listen to.

"A lot of our songs have sadder lyrical content, but there's this ... catchy vibe to it," she said.

Jados said describing the group's sound is a "tricky question."

What would eventually lead to Karate Coyote dates back to about 2006 at Ohio University when Horn and Vescelius were separately looking for others with whom to play guitar.

Mutual friends introduced the two, according to Bigham, and they played a charity show.

"They really liked playing together and everything," Bigham said. "The show went well."

The duo eventually met brother-and-sister Nic and Kendra Jados.

Bigham had played in a band with Nic Jados in high school and was eventually drawn into the group.

But what to name the band?

"This one was difficult," Bigham said.

"It took, like, six months from when we started playing," he said.

"Other than branding and everything, we really thought about the name and what it would represent and how it would shape our band more," Bigham said.

"We tossed out names ... and nothing really clicked. We had all kinds of random names."

Then Horn tossed out Karate Coyote.

"We were, like, that's actually pretty good," Bigham said.

The name, which the members feel is fun, stuck.

In addition to enjoying live performances, Karate Coyote has also put out several CDs over the years, most recently on Sept. 28.

"Both are equally important," Kendra Jados said.

"With this album that we just made, we spent a lot of time on it and ... we really wanted to have a good product for our listeners, but also we wanted it to sound similar to our live show, reflect the energy that our live shows have."

 

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