Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds New Album: La Araña Es La Vida
Out April 22nd via In The Red Records
North American Tour Begins May 3rd
Photo: Rick Marr
Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds' fourth and strongest album yet for In The Red Records, “La Araña Es La Vida”, summons the Mexican muse of The Great Spider Goddess of Teoticuhan, who sprouts hallucinogenic morning glories and protects the underworld, or in Kid’s eyes, the world of underground music. Recorded at The Harveyville High School gym in Kansas, Guitar slinger and singer, the legendary Kid Congo Powers (The Gun Club, The Cramps, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds), bassist Kiki Solis (Baby Baby Dance With Me, Knife in The Water, Rhythm of Black Lines), drummerRon Miller (Switch Hitter, Up The Academy) are joined by Chicano, Mosrite playing guitarist Mark Cisneros(Medications, Deathfix) on this self-produced ball of wax.
“La Araña Es La Vida” rocks n rolls it’s way thru a planet of Glamazons (Psychic Future), blisters with the tricks of a “Magic Machine” then gets to work out a low rider groove on “Chicano Studies”. Tales of gender bending, disembodied heads, gente from La Puente and even a TCB-era, Elvis-inspired rave up on “Karate Monkey” is merely a smatter of the magic on this platter.
A limited number of colored vinyl comes with a flexi disc; a cover of the Psychedelic Furs' “We Love You”, plus an original tune; “Anything To Say", with the CD featuring a bonus track; “Nasty Hat”, as well as completely different artwork from the vinyl.
The world is a wild and woolly place and with “La Araña”, Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds will continue to mirror it.
Orale! Living La Vida Araña!
5/3/2016 San Diego CA Soda Bar
5/4/2016 Los Angeles CA Echo
5/5/2016 San Francisco CA Thee Parkside
5/6/2016 Portland OR Dante’s
5/7/2016 Vancouver BC Rickshaw Theatre
5/8/2016 Seattle WA Sunset Tavern
5/11/2016 Brooklyn NY The Bell House
5/12/2016 Washington DC Comet Ping Pong
5/13/2016 Philadelphia PA Kung Fu Necktie
5/14/2016 Pittsburgh PA Brillobox
5/15/2016 Cleveland OH Now That's Class
5/16/2016 Cincinnati OH MOTR Pub
5/17/2016 Chicago IL Schubas Tavern
5/18/2016 Detroit MI Lager House
5/19/2016 Toronto ON Silver Dollar
5/20/2016 Montreal QC Le Ritz
5/21/2016 New Haven CT Cafe Nine
5/22 Portland ME Space Gallery
5/23/2016 Providence RI Aurora
Read the interview with Kid on life with The Cramps, The Gun Club and Nick Cave on Dangerous Minds here
Read Kid's article on 'How I Came Out Of The Closet And Into The Street' on Huffington Post here
“There are few figures in rock that have the impressive resume Kid Congo has....a singular presence in every important scene …” Noisey
"Kid Congo's career is one for the (music) history books." Westword
"For as much as Powers' legend has been cemented in punk's history books, he's not out to promote a nostalgia trip; instead, he's interested in sharing new music. His current group, the Pink Monkey Birds, is still somewhat informed by the spirit of the early punk scene in which Powers came of age...he can't get over how cool it is when people come up to him after one of his live sets to tell him how important his music has been to them." OC Weekly
"...a true veteran of the garage rock game, proving that such raucous fun can never die – at least in the hands of a master!" KCRW
"Brewing together garage rock, horror punk, surf, broken blues, and sounds more exotic still..."
Washington City Paper