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Kid Karate are a two-piece band from Dublin, Ireland comprising of vocalist/guitarist Kevin Breen and drummer Steven Gannon. The pair’s music is gritty, raw and brutal; dwelling somewhere between the fuzzy blues of The Black Keys, the danceability of The Rapture and the aggression of Queens of the Stone Age.

The band’s musical aesthetic is based around Breen’s thunderous guitar-work and atypical howl, and Gannon’s primal drumming style. These elements combined enable the pair to create music that is catchy and intoxicating. Kid Karate make more noise than two people should.

The duo has performed highly acclaimed sets at Hard Working Class Heroes, CastlePalooza and Forbidden Fruit Festival, as well as playing shows in the UK and completing a six-date tour of Poland. Their gigs have been described as manic and explosive with club promoters warning guests, “Expect to get the heads blown off you!” - (POD).

Kid Karate are currently recording their debut LP.

Praise for Kid Karate:

Hot Press (‘Single of the Fortnight’) – “All four cuts on HEART are gritty, impatient and brutal…. Rage and resentment abound – HEART is an EP to pound your chest to.”

Jim Carroll (The Irish Times) -“Their music will make you want to throw yourself around a venue with abandon.”

Milo Cordell (The Big Pink) - “Kid Karate are my favourite band in the world! They are going to be massive!”

Dan Hegarty (2fm) – “Kid Karate’s ‘Heart’ EP has had me hopping around the place on more than one occasion. They have imagination, ability, and potent tunes, let’s hope that 2011 holds lots of good things for them.”


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  • cooltomat

    go to moscow!!

    22 Oct 2014 Reply
  • TrueM0on

    Awesome live @ La Laiterie, Strasbourg

    17 Feb 2014 Reply
  • w______

    will wait you in latvia !

    2 Feb 2014 Reply
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    14 Nov 2013 Reply
  • GIJanie

    Saw these boys in Galway in September 2011. Was a very energetic performance at the Róisín Dubh! Can't wait to hear more!

    2 Feb 2012 Reply
  • KidKarateMusic

    Polish Tour | January 2011 Tuesday 25th | Klub Imbir | Krakow Wednesday | 26th Klub Alive | Wroclaw Thursday 27th | Klub Bazyl | Poznan Friday 28th | Klub Luka | Lodz Saturday 29th | Klub Saturator | Warszawa Sunday 30th | Klub Revolution | Rzeszow Monday 31st | Irish Arms | Krakow

    19 Jan 2011 Reply
  • tom_von_chaos

    Yeah! I will come to Your gig in Wrocław! Your sounds are very energy & powerful. I expect great show!

    18 Jan 2011 Reply
  • tom_von_chaos

    good music

    16 Jan 2011 Reply
  • planetsofa

    "Heart" just made it straight into my ear. Hope you guys make it to the top!!

    22 Nov 2010 Reply

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