Wednesday, November 02, 2011
Pleasant Gehman and Kid Congo Powers, above, in the days before they were punk icons. Well - they were icons in our scene... each of them drafted by our mutual friend, Jeffrey Lee Pierce to make music (with him and on their own), and as they saying goes... the rest is history.
Kid and Jeffrey were in the earliest version of Jeffrey's vision of The Gun Club and before he could play on a Gun Club record, Kid was drafted into The Cramps where he transformed from Brian into the Kid we know today.
That primitive music has never left Kid and on his recent records, it has come back to the forefront... and for more info on that...I lift directly from the Kid Congo and Pink Monkey Birds own notice for their upcoming tour....
Kid Congo and The Pink Monkey Birds hit round 2 of another European tour in support of their critically acclaimed LP "Gorilla Rose" on IN THE RED Records.
The much acclaimed 2009 LP "Dracula Boots" was heralded by many as a "return to form." Co-Produced by Jason Ward and recorded in a High School gymnasium in Harveyville, Kansas, now an artists retreat known as The Harveyville Project, Dracula Boots uses southern soul, 60's Chicano rock, and psychedelic imagery. British magazine N.M.E. said " In short, on ‘Dracula Boots’ Kid Congo Powers has once again found the juicy jugular of soul-fired, funked-up rock’n’roll. You’d be foolish not to take a bite."
In 2011 Kid Congo and The Pink Monkey Birds released their follow up album, "Gorilla Rose" also on In The Red Records. Eamon Carr of The Dublin Evening Herald said of "Gorilla Rose" "Having a working band is paying off. Gorilla Rose elevates seedy go-go weirdness to the level of high art."
November 16 France Bourg en Bresse La Tannerie
November 17 Holland Eindhoven Cafe Altstadt
November 19 Norway Oslo Le Revolver
November 20 Denmark Copenhagen Huset
November 21 Travel
November 22 BBC6 session with Marc Riley
November 23 London Corsica Studios
November 26 Holland Amsterdam Paradiso
November 27 Holland Groningen Vera Club basement
November 28 Travel
November 29 Germany TBD
November 30 Belgium Brusselles Les Ateliers Claus
December 1 Germany Berlin Festaal Kreuzberg
December 2 Germany Frankfurt Pony Hoff
December 3 Switzerland Zurich Stall 6
December 4 OFF
December 5 Austria Vienna Chelsea
December 7 France Roubaix La Caves aux Poétes
December 8 Belgium Charleroi Le Vecteur
December 9 France Paris La Boule Noire
December 10 France La Roche/Yon Fuzz Yon
December 11 France Lorient Le Galion
December 13 France Bordeaux L'Heretic
December 14 France Nimes Industrie
December 15 Spain Madrid TBA
December 16 Portugal Porto Armazem Do Cha
December 17 Spain Vitoria Helldorado