Release Date: Feb 25, 2014
Record label: Epic
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock
"I'm Only Joking," the opening cut from Lunatic, the sophomore outing from Arizona-by-way-of-South Africa-based indie rockers Kongos, thunders in on a bedrock of thick, tribal toms and similarly dense, compressed guitar that suggests Muse by way of Konono No. 1. It's an aesthetic that weaves its way throughout much of the album, and brothers Dylan, Daniel, Jesse, and Johnny Kongos, the sons of South African singer/songwriter John Kongos (who hit it big in 1971 with the single "He's Gonna Step on You Again"), generate a huge sound for a four-piece.
Brothers Dylan, Daniel, Jesse and Johnny Kongos are hoping to finally crack the international market. This debut has technically been available for years, released in their native South Africa in 2011, but is only just starting to make an impact elsewhere. The Arizona-based band rope together a variety of genres loosely grouped under an alt-rock label, no doubt influenced by their musician father, John Kongos.