13 Songs, 43 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

How does a down-to-earth rock band follow up a runaway pop hit? On Egomaniac, KONGOS confront the outsized expectations that followed the success of “Come With Me Now." They take their success with a wink on “I Want It Free” and “Take It From Me.” “The World Would Run Better” skewers celebrity megalomania and their frivolous demands. Fans who fell in love with the band’s vibrant sound—the slide guitar, accordion, and bounce-house rhythms—will be thrilled that KONGOS stayed true to themselves on Egomaniac. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

EDITORS’ NOTES

How does a down-to-earth rock band follow up a runaway pop hit? On Egomaniac, KONGOS confront the outsized expectations that followed the success of “Come With Me Now." They take their success with a wink on “I Want It Free” and “Take It From Me.” “The World Would Run Better” skewers celebrity megalomania and their frivolous demands. Fans who fell in love with the band’s vibrant sound—the slide guitar, accordion, and bounce-house rhythms—will be thrilled that KONGOS stayed true to themselves on Egomaniac. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5

114 Ratings

New single "Take it from me"

Wohkie007,

Been teased all week and so worth the wait!! Can't wait to hear the rest of the album!!

THEY'RE BACK

Tony7565,

If the rest of the album is as good as Take It From Me, then we're all in for a treat.

About KONGOS

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 specialize in driving, arena-ready alt rock in the vein of Muse, the Boxer Rebellion, and Kings of Leon that's infused with the polyrhythmic cadences of their South African upbringing. They released their eponymous debut album in 2007, followed by the platinum-selling Lunatic in 2012, the latter of which spawned the hit singles "I'm Only Joking" and the Soweto-tinged "Come with Me Now." The band's third studio long-player, Egomaniac, dropped in June 2016 and featured the singles "Take It from Me" and "I Don't Mind." ~ James Christopher Monger

  • ORIGIN
    Johannesburg, South Africa
  • GENRE
    Rock
  • FORMED
    2007

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