The gigantic tone of Kid Congo Powers’ open-tuned guitar is one of the more readily identifiable sounds in the history of underground rock.
[audio:xxx-xxx.mp3]Best known for his contribution to the development of the contemporary noise guitar with The Gun Club, The Cramps, and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds in the 1980s, Kid’s spent the last fifteen years as a sideman (The Make-Up, Angels of Light), as a partner in Congo Norvell and Kid and Khan, a member of garage rock supergroup Knoxville Girls, and most recently, the leader of Kid Congo Powers and the Pink Monkey Birds.
What’s important about Kid’s resume isn’t only that he played with some of the best bands of all time, but that he did so during their finest hours, from The Cramps’ „Psychedelic Jungle“ to Nick Cave’s „Tender Prey“ to Angels of Light’s „How I Loved You“, Kid’s always had a knack for being with the right people at the right place at the right time. The last five years however, Kid’s gradually quit relying on his luck and taken matters into his own hands, and emerged as a world-class songwriter and a distinctive vocalist.
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Brandishing all original glam-tastic compositions, recent album GORIILA ROSE blasts off with the explosive dance anthem “Bo Bo Boogaloo” wearing their 60’s Chicano Rock influence on their sleeves. Shake it don’t break it! That’s just the start of a wild ride thru funky but chic decadence, slip sliding rockabilly, teenage punkdom, mystic Kraut rock, baby-making sleaze, the best bad Peyote trip you ever took and even a velvety call from the beyond. Finding inspiration in the past is what Kid Congo and The Pink Monkey Birds do best.
On this 2011 sonic trip, Kid brings his past into the present and names it after someone flamboyant and inspired – NY guerilla comedian GORILLA ROSE.
Kid Congo & the Pink Monkeybirds LIVE
Thursday, 01 December 2011 | 20:00 CET
Festsaal Kreuzberg | Skalitzer Straße 130 | 10999 Berlin/Kreuzberg