Love/Hate cameo makes some noise

Among the many un­ex­pected turns in last week’s episode was a killer new track from Tommy KD

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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, 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

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