Kongos Egomaniac on 2LP + Download
Multiplatinum-certified rock quartet Kongos - comprised of South Africa-born and Arizona-based band of brothers Johnny, Jesse, Dylan, and Danny Kongos - return with their third full-length album, Egomaniac on Epic Records. The new album is ushered in by lead single, "Take It From Me" which immediately riles up an anthemic hook fueled by a clever call-and-response, their instantly recognizable accordion, and a slick slide guitar stomp.
Following two successful years on the road supporting 2014's breakout Lunatic, Kongos returned home in late 2015 with a bevy of ideas. The guys wrote initial demos separately and convened at Tokoloshe Studios – their full-scale production studio located in their hometown of Phoenix, AZ. While sharing ideas, they collectively realized a thematic commonality, which would eventually inform the creation of Egomaniac.
"We started to see this theme of egomania in everyone's songs," explains Dylan. "It came from recognizing egomania in every aspect of life and throughout our surroundings. If you have any inkling of self-awareness, you also notice it inside yourself. It's so palpable in our world. By referencing another human condition in so many songs, we thought it was a nice follow-up to our last album Lunatic. If you're going to name an album Egomaniac, you have to incorporate big sounds and songs. The chorus of ‘Take It From Me' embodies the entire record's theme perfectly."
Egomaniac boasts thirteen new tracks from the group. These range from the blues guitar-driven accordion shuffle of "I Don't Mind," which instantly became a live favorite, to the skittering electronics and sharp commentary on "Autocorrect" and the epic send-off at the heart of "Look At Me."
In 2014, "Come With Me Now" from Lunatic put Kongos on the map. The group became unanimously recognized as one of rock music's most infectious and invigorating new voices as the track went RIAA double-platinum for sales in excess of 2 million. It occupied the #1 spot at Alternative Radio for five weeks, marking the quickest ascent to the top by a new band in history. The song was heard everywhere with film, television and print placements far and wide.