Boomkat Product Review:
I can’t say King Kong are a band I know a great deal about, but according to reputable internet sources this is their first material in a while. It’s rollicking good fun too – the guys are from Louisville Kentucky (that’s in the South for those of you not familiar with ‘Merica) and they ain’t afraid to show you they’re having a good time. I’d hazard a guess that there was a lot of whiskey drinking going on in the recording sessions, and if there wasn’t then there probably should have been – it’s rhythm and blues done right. I ain’t talking the rhythm and blues which is now tastefully known as ‘urban’ (don’t get me started) either, this is the sort of music that made moms and dads stop their little girl goin’ to that high school dance, the sort of music that dreams were made on and babies were conceived to. The record starts in real party spirit with ‘Bulldozers’ and within seconds of hearing Ethan Buckler’s voice (which sounds something like a cynical Bill Callahan reading off an autocue while trying to dance at a family wedding) you know you’re in for a good time. These guys have their sound down to a fine art, and in true Drag City spirit it manages to do what it does without ever outstaying its welcome. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, DC are one of the finest labels in the world right now, it’s getting to the point where you can buy without even listening, and in these shaky times of musical insecurity there’s nothing more important than being able to trust an imprint. Hella good fun.