Karl Alvarez

Karl Alvarez

Alvarez performing with the Descendents in 2014
Background information
Birth name Karl Matthew Alvarez
Born (1964-03-10) March 10, 1964
Genres Punk rock
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Bass guitar
Years active 1980-Present
Labels SST, Cruz, Interscope, Epitaph, Fat Wreck Chords
Associated acts Descendents, All, The Lemonheads, The Last, The Real McKenzies

Karl Matthew Alvarez (born March 10, 1964)[1] is an American bassist and songwriter for both the Descendents and All, the band that resulted after the Descendents disbanded again in 1987. Alvarez joined the Descendents after the Enjoy! album from his previous bands The Massacre Guys and Bad Yodelers, and played on all of the All albums, and the Descendents albums All, Everything Sucks and Cool To Be You. He plays finger style bass and provides backing vocals when live (and lead vocals as heard in "Cause" on the All Live Plus One album). Since joining the band he has been a major songwriter contributing many songs to All (both the album and the band), Everything Sucks and Cool To Be You. In the summer of 2006 he joined Gypsy Punk band Gogol Bordello for part of the Van's Warped Tour and the Reading and Leeds Festivals. Karl currently plays guitar and sings in Underminer and the Vultures.

Since 2004 Karl has played with The Last along with Descendents/All drummer Bill Stevenson.[2] He is currently a singer in a band called Underminer.

In 2006 Karl played on The Lemonheads self-titled comeback album which was released on Los Angeles' Vagrant Records.

During their last two Canadian tours (in 2007 and 2009), Karl filled in on bass for Canadian celtic-punk group The Real McKenzies.

Australian punk band Frenzal Rhomb wrote a song about Karl, on their 2011 album, Smoko At The Pet Food Factory, called "Alvarez".

Karl suffered a mild heart attack on August 11, 2007.[3]


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