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Lunatic

KONGOS

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Kongos' backstory is as eclectic as their music. The Arizona band—comprising the four sons of '70s South African singer/songwriter John Kongos—play an uproarious, densely rhythmic brand of alt-rock accented by accordions, drum circle freakouts, and group vocals. Released to acclaim in South Africa in 2011, their sophomore album, Lunatic, drew the attention of American audiences two years later on the strength of "Come with Me," a raucous tune that sounds like Chumbawamba having a dance-off with The Killers. The rest of the album is similarly adventurous. "Sex on the Radio" has an African highlife groove that morphs into an epic chorus befitting The Strokes; "As We Are" is an uplifting slow jam that evokes Coldplay; "I Want to Know" is reggae, and "It's a Good Life" is a swaggering rock tune that sounds inspired by Sheryl Crow's "All I Wanna Do." Somehow the brothers boil this array of influences into a sound all their own—a boisterous pan-global rock explosion.

Customer Reviews

Awesome!

Fantastic album! Heard 'Come With Me Now' on the radio and then bought the whole album. I hope they go on tour soon.

Love love love

Not that cheap fake music you usually hear

Rock revival

Have not heard this quality of rock in years. Fantastic, thanks Kongos brothers

Biography

Formed: 2007

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Globe-trotting alt-rock outfit Kongos formed in 2007 around the talents of siblings Dylan, Daniel, Jesse, and Johnny Kongos, the sons of popular South African singer/songwriter John Kongos, who scored a Top Ten single in 1971 with "He's Gonna Step on You Again," which served as the basis for the 1990 Happy Mondays' hit "Step On." Based out of Phoenix, Arizona and sharing influences as diverse as Wire, Coldplay, Tinariwen, Dire Straits, the Prodigy, and Miles Davis, the quartet specializes in driving,...
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