Kid Karate- Lights Out

Kid Karate- Lights Out (EP Review)

Perhaps people have to fight extra hard to be heard in Dublin, as duo Kid Karate (not to be confused with The Karate Kid because, y’know, that’s a film) make a lot of noise for just 2 people. They may have managed to clone themselves, somebody should check that out. Or perhaps, and admittedly more likely, computers helped vocalist/guitarist Kevin Breen and drummer Steven Gannon quite a lot along the way. Such a full sound is hard to manage with bands that have 5 members.

New EP Lights Out is short but sweet. Well, of course it’s short, it’s an EP, but the sweet bit is a pleasant surprise. With each song, it becomes increasingly difficult to convince yourself that only 2 men are at work.

Two Times is a ready made anthem. Opening with an intro so ominous it could feature in a horror movie, it then descends into lyrics spat with anger, throwing in a standard “whoa-oh-oh-oh” inbetween lines, prepared to be chanted by a sweaty moshpit.

With Heart, they backed themselves into a corner. Such brilliant, engaging music requires lyrics that live up to the expectations that have suddenly been set high… or none at all (like the theme from 28 Weeks Later- no lyrics= a musical masterpiece). “If you had a heart I would love you”- later adjusted to “If I had a heart I would love you”- doesn’t quite do justice to the mosh-friendly mayhem. The piano slowing it all down at the end may be welcomed by anyone on the verge of a Heart-attack from all the excitement.

A pulsating bassline introduces This City – the oddball of the collection. Vocals start so suddenly they catch you by surprise and the half-shout-half-scream singing style doesn’t suit the otherwise calm(ish) music at all. You Need Violence is a lot more deserving of the vocal treatment it gets. Its simple, punky, effective style is a reminder that we should all be grateful that guitars exist. Turn it on, sit back, enjoy.

Lights Out will be released September 23rd.

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