Loud, comical and a little bit nuts, Kid Congo and The Pink Monkey Birds brought their swamp-punk sound to the suitably makeshift Loft Venue in The Grand Social last night.
A legend of the post-punk scene, guitar-player Kid Congo Powers has a seriously impressive rock n’ roll résumé – he was a core member of The Gun Club, The Cramps and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds during the golden age of underground music in the late 1980s.
Teamed with The Pink Monkey Birds, Kid Congo is an exciting live performer. What’s more, he is an instantly likeable guy. Onstage, he smiles incessantly whilst wielding his Squire guitar around, and he partakes in plenty of mid-song banter.
There is a hint of cabaret about the Kid – his gravelly voice sounds as though it has been marinated in whiskey, and he playfully cocks his eyebrows when he perfectly enunciates every syllable of every fragmented lyric.
For their Dublin date, the band delved into the guitarist’s impressive back-catalogue and aired tracks from their forthcoming album, Haunted Head. The single ‘Conjure Man’ and B-side ‘Lose Your Mind’ were particularly well-received.
The group’s exhilarating show insinuated a non-stop stomp-along and there was plenty of cringey dancing – that said, it is hard not to get lost in the dreamy, punchy sound of Kid Congo and The Pink Monkey Birds.
Make it your duty to see these guys live next time they come to town.
Haunted Head by Kid Congo and The Pink Monkey Birds is out in March via In The Red Records.