Thursday, September 08, 2016

GONERFEST Oct 1 and surrounding Southern dates in September/October

Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds Announce Select East Coast Dates This Fall 
Including Gonerfest, Third Man
Watch New Video For 'La Araña'
'La Araña Es La Vida' Album Out Now On In The Red Records
Photo: Rick Marr
Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds announce select East Coast dates including Gonerfest this fall.
The band's fourth and strongest album yet for In The Red Records“La Araña Es La Vida”, summons the Mexican muse of The Great Spider Goddess of Teoticuhan, who sprouts hallucinogenic morning glories and protects the underworld, or in Kid’s eyes, the world of underground music.  Recorded at The Harveyville High School gym in Kansas, Guitar slinger and singer, the legendary Kid Congo Powers (The Gun Club, The Cramps, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds), bassist Kiki Solis (Baby Baby Dance With Me, Knife in The Water, Rhythm of Black Lines), drummer Ron Miller (Switch Hitter, Up The Academy) are joined by Chicano, Mosrite playing guitarist Mark Cisneros (Medications, Deathfix) on this self-produced ball of wax.
 “La Araña Es La Vida” rocks n rolls it’s way thru a planet of Glamazons (Psychic Future), blisters with the tricks of a “Magic Machine” then gets to work out a low rider groove on “Chicano Studies”.  Tales of gender bending, disembodied heads, gente from La Puente and even a TCB-era, Elvis-inspired rave up on “Karate Monkey” is merely a smatter of the magic on this platter.
A limited number of colored vinyl comes with a flexi disc; a cover of the Psychedelic Furs“We Love You”, plus an original tune; “Anything To Say", with the CD featuring a bonus track; “Nasty Hat”, as well as completely different artwork from the vinyl.
The world is a wild and woolly place and with “La Araña”, Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds will continue to mirror it.
Orale! Living La Vida Araña!

9/27 - Washington DC - Comet Ping Pong
9/28 - Raleigh NC - Neptune's Parlour
9/29 - Atlanta GA - Star Bar
9/30 - Knoxville TN - Pilot Light
10/1 - Memphis TN - Gonerfest
10/2 - Nashville TN - Third Man Complex
"Kid Congo has hit his stride as a frontman and songwriter and La Araña Es La Vida is an album as commanding as his wild talent deserves." All Music (4 stars)
Read 'The Singular Fashion Sense Of Kid Congo Powers' on
"Depending on your psychic sensitivity, you might remember feeling a sudden blip in temperature the day Kid Congo Powers left Washington, instantly making our city a little less cool."  Washington Post
"Like many of the bands he played in, Kid Congo Powers knows that deep down Rock & Roll is all about having a good time. And that’s just what Kid and his Pink Monkey Birds do on this one. So why shouldn’t you? Crank it. And be prepared to move." Soundblab

"For fans of timelessly scuzzy garage rock, Kid Congo and the Pink Monkey Birds are as good as it gets."Exclaim

"...they are ALWAYS such a good goddamn time. At this point in the game, Powers should be considered a rock-and-roll godhead."
 The Stranger
Read the interview with Kid on life with The Cramps, The Gun Club and Nick Cave on Dangerous Minds here
Read Kid's article on 'How I Came Out Of The Closet And Into The Street' on Huffington Post here
There are few figures in rock that have the impressive resume Kid Congo has....a singular presence in every important scene …” Noisey
"Kid Congo's career is one for the (music) history books." Westword
"For as much as Powers' legend has been cemented in punk's history books, he's not out to promote a nostalgia trip; instead, he's interested in sharing new music. His current group, the Pink Monkey Birds, is still somewhat informed by the spirit of the early punk scene in which Powers came of age...he can't get over how cool it is when people come up to him after one of his live sets to tell him how important his music has been to them." OC Weekly
"...a true veteran of the garage rock game, proving that such raucous fun can never die – at least in the hands of a master!" KCRW