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Kongos Lunatic

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The brothers Kongos - multi-cultural, multi-faceted, multi-instrumentalists - craft a unique and irresistible sound spawned from shared DNA, diverse influences and spot-on melodic and lyrical sensibilities. On Lunatic, their 12-song Epic Records debut, the band’s talent shines on “Come With Me Now”; the title an impossible-to-resist aural summons, the rock-alt crossover tune kicking off with the accordion, jumping into foot-stomping, staccato rhythms, slide guitar, and soaring epic soundscapes reminiscent of U2. “I’m Only Joking,” whose lyrics hint at the album’s title, hits the mark with decisive tribal rhythms and Pink Floyd-esque mysterious modern rock. 

Thanks to an earlier self-release of Lunatic, Kongos are already stars overseas, playing their numerous hits off the album for crowds of up to 65,000 at South African festivals and touring the Republic with Linkin Park, and the UK and Europe with AWOLNATION and Dispatch. With a North American tour with Airborne Toxic Event and alternative and rock radio hot on “Come With Me Now” and “I’m Only Joking,” 2014 is quickly shaping up as the year the U.S. catches Kongos fever. 

Kongos’ life story is as cinematic and captivating as their songs. The siblings, who range in age from 25 (Danny) to 32 (Johnny), were born to popular ’70s South African/British singer-songwriter John Kongos ("He's Gonna Step On You Again,” “Tokoloshe Man”). Spending their early childhood in London (all were born there except Danny), then South Africa before settling in Phoenix in the mid-90s, the boys were exposed to a wide variety of sounds. 

On Lunatic, they put all the pieces together into a cohesive whole. The brothers use a family recording studio - Tokoloshe Studios - named after their father’s hit song. Completely self-contained, they write, produce, engineer and mix/master their music as well as direct, shoot and edit all their own music videos. The total lifelong musical immersion makes Lunatic - and Kongos - a rare breed of band. Fluent in numerous styles and eras, still, at the end of the day, a rock band. 

Kongos Lunatic Track Listing:

1.  I'm Only Joking
2.  Come With Me Now
3.  I Want To Know
4.  Escape
5.  Kids These Days
6.  As We Are

1.  Sex on the Radio
2.  Hey I Don't Know
3.  Traveling On
4.  Take Me Back
5.  It's A Good Life
6.  This Time I Won't Forget
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1. I'm Only Joking
2. Come With Me Now
3. I Want To Know
4. Escape
5. Kids These Days
6. As We Are

1. Sex on the Radio
2. Hey I Don't Know
3. Traveling On
4. Take Me Back
5. It's A Good Life
6. This Time I Won't Forget

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