On The Roof W/ The Band: TJ Kong and Atomic Bomb from degauze on Vimeo.
Whats up guys? Got a new series that we’re debuting this summer. It’s On the Roof With The Band. The first act we had come through is TJ Kong & The Atomic Bomb. This great band we’ve mentioned once or twice before. Here they perform The Trail of the Lonesome Hobo.
Check out TJ Kong & The Atomic Bomb tonight at the Fire at 9PM at The Fire. Tickets are $8 and it should be a rip roaring good time.
I was suppose to have a little convo with these dudes this week but got caught up in so much other shit I just didn’t get to it. So look for it next week. Two great times to check these guys out. First at the Belgian Cafe up in Fairmount which due to its intimate setting you will probably get the all acoustic show plus they got all those crazy 7,5% beers. Take your girl and impress the shit out of her.
THEN AT FERGIES where these dudes kill. Seen them like three times here, they never disappoint.
Check out the Phrequency footage that was taken at the Tritone
After a long 6 months the promo of the new Tj Kong and the Atomic Bomb EP showed up in my mail box and these boys have been busy. I was first drawn to this band when listening to the early demos they passed to me which were recorded on a 4 track on cassette tape that really captured the essence of early folk recordings. The songs where contemporary folk blues yet stripped down to their bare essence incorporating drums, acoustic guitar, harmonica and TJ’s raspy vocals which made you want to jump, cry, dance, stomp your feet or just reminisce about love lost. The Hinterlands EP builds on these earlier recordings bringing in a more studio (albeit professional) and electric feel to the music but still retaining that edginess and urgency to the tracks. Songs like “The Trail of a Lonesome Hobo” and “Cantankerous Old Men” are upbeat and benefit from more instrumentation but still retain that unrefined gritty quality. True to the earlier work the songs are still filled with images of wanderlust, problems, and finding truth that only comes from traveling the open road. Rounding out the EP are tracks about drugs, drinking, hangovers, girls, ex girls, ex girls that did you wrong, the new girl, having a good time, kicking it with the homies, and going to London. Go take a little listen over at the bands Myspace and come out to see them live this Friday, Feb 6th, at the Tritone, 15th and South, across from Bob and Barbara’s. Even Philly.com is showing some love for the trio in the video news section, click on the link scroll down to news and click on “Buskers of Suburban Station” to get a quick video of the dudes playing and learn about the battle of train station bands they are gonna run on Sunday.
Luckily I was able to chat with the band via email so you guys could get a little more insight in recording the ep and what’s next. Check it out after the jump.
Philly Saturday night at Fergies is about to jump the fuck off. I mean not like Raise Up! Take Your Shirt Off and Waive It Around Like a Helicopter! type shit although I think for TJ Kong that might be acceptable. This will be the first show I am gonna see them with a bassist and I can’t wait. Previously with just a drum and guitar they turned a room full of people in a wurling mass of shooting and dancing fools so enagaged in the music it didn’t matter if they were dancing with a dude or a lady. Mroom last time was a blast and I still get emails from my friends I took to send them the mp3′s of the band. All in due time cause I hear they are pressing up there ep and I will let the internets know when its out.
Its not so often I am getting drunk at the Public House and the DJ is spinning some really good soul and rock cuts that I go over and talk to them on the subject of mp3 piracy and vinyl sales and the dude turns out ot be really knowledgable of folk music. Then we start talkin about his band and how they have been together for 3 months and have almost 100 songs and can play for 3 hrs of orignal material. So then I pop over to their myspace and they just got some awesome lofi-4track blues folk tunes that just speak to my soul. If you got a lady friend get your ass to M Room tonight and check these dudes out. I am sure as soon as they put a CD together they are gonna be all over XPN.