The Kongos brothers have been making waves in the rock scene ever since their sophomore album ‘Lunatic’ was re-released in the US on Epic records in 2014. Dylan, Daniel, Jesse and Johnny Kongos are the four sons of folk musician John Kongos, a popular artist in Europe and South Africa in the 1970’s.
Currently on their first ever US headline tour, the group stopped in a snowbound Boston, MA to rock the House of Blues. Taking the stage lined side-by-side it would soon become clear that the Kongos brothers work as a unit. Not one of the four brothers could be considered the ‘lead vocalist’ as vocal duties are almost evenly split, even song by song.
The band’s set was drawn mostly from their ‘Lunatic’ album with hits such as ‘Come with Me Now’ and ‘I’m Only Joking.’ The musical influence from their father became evident on the tune ‘Traveling On’ which sounded like it was pulled straight from the 70’s. Kongos also delivered a look into the future with two songs intended for their next album ‘I Don’t Mind’ and ‘Take it From Me’ alongside a rousing cover of the Beatles classic ‘Eleanor Rigby.’ After perfoming mostly original material during the main set, the band returned for a two song covers encore, first covering their father’s biggest hit ‘Tokoloshe Man’ then performing their take on the New Order classic ‘Blue Monday.’
On Wednesday night in Boston, Kongos showed something most bands in today’s scene lack: that unintelligible stage presence and extra edge on their live performance that sets bands apart. The four members of the group all seemed equally proficient on multiple instruments, they work together to produce and incredible sound that is both musically intricate and yet catchy and simple at the same time.
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