Lunatic From Across The Pond
US Indie Rock band Kongos release their debut album “Lunatic” on the 25
th August and if you haven’t heard of them yet, you soon will.
Maybe it’s because I’m a perfectionist, maybe it’s because I’m a pessimist or maybe it’s because I’m a Londoner (sorry couldn’t resist) but so far this year I don’t believe I’ve heard a stand out debut album that I’ve continued to listen to time and time again.
That’s not to say there haven’t been a swathe of very impressive debuts from bands that are making a big mark on 2014, however Kongos’ "Lunatic" takes it to another level.
I have to admit I’m a little biased as my musical tastes are heavily positioned in the Indie camp but Lunactic delivers what I feel is a consistently superb debut with song after song of excellence.
Throughout the album there are comparisons to be made with the likes of Muse, The Killers earlier tunes, QOTSA and even for me, The Electric Soft Parade.
From the opening track “I’m Only Joking” to other gems like “Kids These Days”, “Sex On The Radio” and “Take Me back” the album is sleek and carries momentum from start to finish, which explains why it's spent 5 consecutive weeks on the no.1 spot of the US Billboard Alternative Chart beating Lorde’s “Royals” as the the fastest ever ascent to the #1 by a debut artist.
Mark my words, Dylan, Danny, Jesse and Johnny (all sons of 1970’s artist John Kongos) are going places and I can see various accolades being thrown their way… surely the panel at the Mercury Awards will be putting them forward with a nomination. Yes people, it’s simply that good!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gz2GVlQkn4Q