KONGOS: Western Fog Tuesday, 9 July 2019 21:15 by madseason
KONGOS - Western Fog

weChameleon's aficionados may remember my post about South African alternative rockers KONGOS at the beginning of the year. The post presented 1929: Part 1, the first album of a trilogy whose second chapter is anticipated today by the release of the new single Western Fog.

With drums and bass that feel straight out of The Breakfast Club, and a guitar/vocal combo that emits refreshing, 90's alternative air, Western Fog bridges two decades together in three and a half minutes.

Lyricwise, the new single focuses on internal conflict. "Western Fog is about the unforgiving heaviness we feel at certain times in our lives," writer Dylan Kongos explains. "Learning how to truly love and sharing that with someone in need, can lift us out of the mire."

Western Fog is now available worldwide on all digital platforms (click on the image).

1929: Part 2 is set to be released on October 1, 2019. On the same day, the band will kick off their fall tour: check the dates on the band's website.

Also noteworthy is the fact that the band launched an 8-part documentary series, Bus Call - Life On Tour, which follows their story and gives a compelling and realistic window into life on tour. And, Bus Call is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video! Go check it out.

KONGOS - 1929: Part 1

A few weeks after the single Pay For The Weekend, South African alternative rockers KONGOS release their brand new album 1929: Part 1 today, January 18.

1929: Part 1 is an impressive record that is packed with the same kind of catchy lyrics, complex melodies and top-notch musicianship that listeners would expect from one of the fastest growing alternative rock bands in the world.

Filled with lyrical prowess, melodic complexity and a visceral musicality, 1929: Part 1 is the result of a major creative undertaking. As the title somewhat implies, it will be the first of three albums to be released by the band in 2019. From this venture, songs like the aforementioned single Pay For The Weekend emerge, a track that encompasses the album's themes fully. Other songs like Something New, I Am Not Me and Keep Your Head showcase the band's energy and are sure to be fan favorites.

All of the tracks from the album were featured in Bus Call - Life On Tour, an 8-part docuseries which follows their story and gives a compelling and realistic window into life on tour. KONGOS also host a weekly podcast, The Front Lounge, where they discuss music, ideas and more with guests that include other musicians, artists, touring professionals and entrepreneurs.

1929: Part 1 is available to stream and download on digital music platforms worldwide.

KONGOS: partying like it's 1929 Friday, 7 December 2018 13:50 by madseason
KONGOS - Pay For The Weekend

South African alternative rockers KONGOS return with an anthemic new single, Pay For The Weekend, the band's fourth musical release of 2018 leading up to their 1929 - Part 1 album release on January 18th, 2019.

Pay For The Weekend is in a way the title track from the band's upcoming album. When asked about the song, Jesse Kongos said, "It's about the up and the down and how they can't exist without each other. There's nothing like coming down from a big weekend to remind you that maybe today or maybe some time down the line the effect of every cause will eventually play out and start the cycle all over again."

Returning to blaring guitar riffs, gang vocals, South African drum rhythms, and a melodic chorus, Pay For The Weekend embodies the KONGOS sound they've become known for - and to quote the first verse, it will "make you want to party like it's 1929."

Jesse added, "We didn't hold back when it came to making the chorus and groove like an arena-ready chant, but at the same time we didn’t want to lose the sentiment and real meaning of the lyric. I think we were able to achieve that by using an upright piano and some of our dad’s vintage synthesizers like the Jupiter 8 amongst other things to bring out the underlying harmony which had a kind of pathos to it".

Watch the official lyric video for Pay For The Weekend clicking on the image and donwload/stream it on your favorite digital music service.