PRESENTED BY TOM MILLETT
Formed in Dublin in 2004, TKO stand out among their contemporaries thanks to their innovative and intelligent musical sensibilities and varied influences. They are a live band not to be missed, having recently been described by HotPress magazine as 'one of the best live acts in the country'. With the addition of violin, clarinet and lap steel, among other instruments, to their set, TKO's sound is both distinctive and original within Dublin's indie rock scene.
Using up to eight different instruments along with four-part harmonies, audience interaction and a few surprises along the way, TKO's live shows have become energetic and sought-after affairs in packed-out venues across the country. 2006 has been particularly good to TKO, starting with a successful support slot to the Frames at Vicar St. before the band took off to tour Italy in April. Coming back home, the summer swiftly became a hectic and wonderful experience with the release of the Let's Go single, which entered the charts at no.42 and kicked off a fifteen-date tour of Ireland, taking in such venues as Dundalk's Spirit Store, An Crúiscín Lán, Cork, the Bowery, Waterford and a triumphant homecoming gig in Dublin's The Village. Having already sold out Whelan's twice in a year, the tour became a new challenge which was a fantastic experience for all involved.
The band's activities in 2006 built on the solid foundation put in place by their first EP, Hats Off, released in May 2005. Hats Off has to date sold over a thousand copies. Already live favourites, they have since gained much media attention from many sources including Metro, Northside, Hold it down and Hotpress.
With all this behind them, TKO are looking forward to a busy 2007, with a nationwide 13 date "tour for the sake of touring" tour completed and a new live album, "Act one, Scene one" released, plans for another single are also in the works. The band have already received invitations to play in venues in America, the UK and Italy as well as hoping to expand their Irish touring even further.
TKO PERFORM IN WHELANS IN DUBLIN ON JUNE 29TH!
Tune in again tomorrow!!!