“master-class of live music” – Artrocker
“somewhere between The White Stripes primal ferocity and the garage-pop melodies of The Black Keys” – Consequence of Sound
“mix of The Black Keys, The White Stripes, and Fugazi, an indication of the duo’s wide-ranging set of influences and the ability to make raw, loud music that hits harder than you’d expect from just two people” – Pigeons and Planes
Irish upstarts Kid Karate will be playing LIVE on Thursday 12th September – tickets go onsale this Friday 16th August at 9am – catch them here live in the intimate settings of The Boileroom before they go stellar!
Fresh from the success of their debut US tour where they played to thousands in Chicago at The Wicker Park Fest and at the infamous Sayers Club in Hollywood where Rumer Willis opened the night for them – Kid Karate have announced their first UK live tour this Autumn to coincide with their EP release ‘Lights Out’ on the 23rd of September.
Kid Karate is vocalist/guitarist Kevin Breen and drummer Steven Gannon. Behind Breen’s thunderous riffing and howling, and Gannon’s primal drumming, the duo makes a particularly huge kind of rock and roll. Although Kid Karate’s plus-sized rock is more than ready for stadium appearances, their music also conveys a gritty raw feel to it that should conjure up thoughts of a sweaty dance party in a packed dingy bar. Like a more focused Death From Above 1979, or a rougher and noisier LCD Soundsystem, Kid Karate emits far more noise than two boys ought to be able to.
From being featured on Topman’s suave Topman Generation blog to hosting and DJing their own indie club night in hometown Dublin, the duo, with their intoxicatingly friendly personalities, are certainly standouts in the creative world. Kid Karate are very much engrained in the fabric of the music scene in Dublin and have collaborated with members of two other rising star bands in the scene, Jason Boland (of Kodaline) and Dave Pendergast (of Overhead, The Albatross), who produced/engineered the recordings on this debut EP.
In 2013, with performances at major showcase festivals such as SXSW, Camden Crawl, and The Great Escape, Kid Karate have officially made their way out onto the global stage. Their riotous performances at these industry-heavy events captured the interest of several key tastemakers and resulted in promising new partnerships for the band.
Their debut Lights Out EP was released in North America and Ireland on the 23rd of July and the boys spent the summer playing gigs on the Irish festival circuit and taking their first step into the American spotlight with a tour of the States that included club performances and festival slots in Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix, Chicago, and New York. Their impact out there earned them radio airplay from some of the most important American tastemaker DJs such as the infamous Rodney Bingenheimer (“Mayor of the Sunset Strip”) on KROQ in Los Angeles and Aaron Axelsen at Live 105 in San Francisco. And now, after having made their first big splash in America, this pair of Irish lads has come back across the pond with their sights set on Europe.