Love/Hate cameo makes some noise
Among the many unexpected turns in last week’s episode was a killer new track from Tommy KD
If you saw the latest episode of
Love/Hate last weekend, there are probably a few scenes that stick in your mind. But there was one scene in particular which stood out in a mile, as the plot began to twist and turn and take unexpected leaps off balconies.
We speak of the bizarre house party featuring a bunch of reformed drug addicts leaping around yelling “Jesus saves”. One bug-eyed, ranting, raving character in particular jumped out from the TV screen – this is Tommy KD.
Man & the Machine
Those of you with long memories may recall a Dublin rapper called Man & the Machine who used to perform on the streets of the capital around a decade ago. That was KD, and after a long absence, he’s back in the game with a new fierce and forthright single called Bag A Gear, on release from today.
The single also marks the return of the Wexford-born, Galway-based producer Hazo. He was responsible for a slew of fantastic beats back in the 1990s under the Ill Dependents’ moniker, including a well-received EP for Ultimate Dilemma, so it’s great to see him back in action on this track as well.
KD’s appearance on
Love/Hate will certainly ensure plenty of interest for the new tune, his next musical moves, his story and even future appearances on the small screen. It goes to show that you can have hard-hitting TV/music tie-ins that don’t have to be inane, mindless crud like Damo & Ivor.
First Contactata venue near you
Those cray-zee people at First Music Contact (in association with the Arts Council Touring and Dissemination Fund – whatever the last part of this actually means – and HMV Ireland) are at it again.
No sooner have we put the summer schedule to bed than we are gearing up for this annual winter nationwide tour, which always seems to strike a good balance by placing established acts (this year it’s Fight Like Apes) alongside, perhaps, less high-profile bands (Sleep Thieves and Kid Karate).
The tour begins in Dolan’s Limerick, next Thursday and continues to Galway’s Roisin Dubh (Friday, Nov 7), Cork’s Half Moon (Saturday, Nov 8), Dundalk’s Spirit Store (Thursday Nov 13) and Dublin’s Workman’s Club (Saturday, Nov 15).
There is a twist in the tale, however – to make matters interesting, the gig scheduled for November 14th is at an as-yet-unannounced venue, and will be decided by members of the public through Gigstarter. If the tour isn’t going to your town, log on to gigstarter.com, pledge to buy a ticket for the gig at your best-loved venue, and the venue with the most pledges wins the tour slot.
In the meantime, check out the bands – Kid Karate is a two-man noise machine; Sleep Thieves deliver late-night darkness across a crackling ether; and Fight Like Apes preview new tracks from their forthcoming album as well as setting fire to previous material. And a happy feckin’ Halloween to you, too.
Gig start right
Kid Karate: Coming to a chop shop near you, perhaps.
Below: Tommy KD