Karina Denike Bio:
Karina Denike is best known as being one of the vocalists for influential Californian ska-punk band Dance Hall Crashers.
"Virtuosic chanteuse Karina Denike will transport you to a decade that never happened—but should have.
Steeped in the lost eras of 1930’s torch songs and Motown, her original songs draw from such influences as doo wop drama, sea shanties, Morricone soundtracks, girl groups and Eastern European lullabies. A focus on performance and obsessed with the voice as an instrument, her lock-solid vocal harmonies can hush rooms with a whisper and break hearts with a shout. Supporting herself on chord organ and vibraphone, and backed by an adventurous San Francisco band of established composers and musicians in their own right; Aaron Novik on Bass Clarinet, Lily Taylor and Melody Ferris on vocal harmonies, James Frazier on Fender VI baritone guitar, Eric Garland on Drums, and Michael McIntosh on keys, Denike is preparing to release her first solo album after a double single release on PortoFranco records in 2012, her 2011 EP release "Musee Mecanique". Denike's band have played in Japan, Europe, N.Y.C., L.A., and for dOCUMENTA 2012 in Kassel Germany. They have also played for SF's Noise-pop festival, on KPFA,KALX and KALW, been featured on Youtube, and on the Undercover Presents series "the Pixies-Doolitttle" and "Bob Dylans' Highway 61 Revisited", which Denike was also Guest musical director for.
A San Francisco based, British born vocalist, composer, arranger, and recording artist, Karina Denike also collaborates past and present with the Dance Hall Crashers(MCA),The Cottontails, Jezebelle (Warner/Discovery), 8 legged Monster big band, No Use for a name (fatwreckchords), Ralph Carney's Serious Jass project (Smogveil), Mr, Lonesome and the Bluebelles, Stara Nova, Hepcat, NOFX, Tony Sly, Aaron Novik, Me First and The Gimmie Gimmies and others. She has released over 10 records, had her voice and compositions on many films and compilations inlcuding the 2012 20th Century Fox release "This means war" with Reese Witherspoon. Karina has performed around the world at top venues and festivals including the Montreaux Jazz festival ( Switzerland), The Reading Festival, (UK),The Warped tour, SLC Official Olympics, The Shoreline Amphitheatre, The Greek Theatre, (Berkeley), The Filmore(SF), The Warfield) Lilith fair and many others. She has shared bills with The Pretenders, Fiona Apple, The Ramones, Beck, Rasputina, The Misfits, Martha Wainwright, NOFX and others. "