Kongos (often styled as KONGOS) is a South African American band, now based in Phoenix, Arizona. The alternative rock group consists of four brothers: Dylan (vocals, bass guitar, guitar), Johnny (accordion, keyboards, vocals), Jesse (drums, percussion, vocals), and Daniel Kongos (guitar, vocals). On 16 November 2017, the band released the first installment of their new podcast, The Front Lounge, to be updated weekly. It was here they hinted towards the documentary of their lives on the road while touring for three years. The band officially announced the documentary, titled Bus Call, on 31 January 2018. On 5 February 2018, the band released the title of their fourth album, 1929, with no further information. They had been sharing photos and videos from their studio, hinting towards the album’s release on their social media pages. Here are all of Kongos albums ranked.
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4. 1929, Pt. 2 (2019)
“One of the things that drew me to Kongos was their irreverence, and more of that is visible in 1929 Part II. I personally found Part 1 to be enjoyable, but a step down from their previous two releases. While the release is more slow-paced, their lyrics continue to be insightful and the singing and music is wonderful. I enjoy how the lines meld into each other in the chorus for Fools, and both Stuck in Time and Tomorrow are very memorable tunes.”
3. 1929, Pt. 1 (2019)
“From the very first song on this album (“Something New”) you’ll notice a change in their sound and a path of a new direction. It is not “Lunatic”. The one thing that was noticed right away was that the vocal harmonies have been refined and are much more polished. I can’t put my finger on it, but it seems a bit more synthesized sound effects have been incorporated into their sound…not a horrible thing, just a bit more different than just drums, guitars, and accordion. There’s not as raw and primitive a sound as the past albums had. Lyrics on this album are great.”
2. Egomaniac (2016)
“The Kongos are a brilliant band of four brothers who have international musical inspiration. This CD is a great representative of their music style. Its exciting and delightful.”
1. Lunatic (2012)
“This is one of the best albums I’ve heard in a long time, not one bad track in the line up. I guess Kongos are considered alt rockers, whatever that even means these days, but genre aside, these four brothers from South Africa are super talented, versatile, original and very worth listening to. They all write, compose, sing, play multiple instruments and their talent, drive and energy shines through.”