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Kid Congo & The Pink Monkeys Release New E.P. 'Swing From The Sean De Lear'

Updated: Feb 11




Kid Congo Powers is best known as a member of The Gun Club, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and The Cramps. He has also played with the Divine Horsemen, the Angels of Light, Die Haut, and Knoxville Girls. I can't personally think of too many musicians with that sort of resume!


We were extremely happy to get word that Kid Congo and his band, Kid Congo and the Pink Monkey Birds, will release a new EP entitled Swing from the Sean De Lear February 19th on In The Red Records.


In a promotional interview while touring Australia, Powers spoke in regard to his band:



"I think the Pink Monkey Birds conjures up all the best aspects of primal rock'n'roll ... Lyrically, I'm speaking in images, and from a very skewed viewpoint, whatever the subject may be. I still have the passion and the incentive to make music that's different, but still within the confines of a punk rock language people will know and understand.", Powers said.


The Pink Monkey Birds, whose name Kid credits to inspiration from David Bowie, has been an evolving unit since their earliest albums, with current members bassist Kiki Solis who is the longest serving Monkey Bird, having joined in 2010, drummer Ron Miller, and guitarist Mark Cisneros.



Kid Congo Powers was profiled by Vogue in late April 2016 while promoting their fourth album, where he was noted for his iconic sense of punk style. In his Vogue interview, he mentions the aesthetic importance of tying the look of the band to match the music.


"For me, the whole art of being a band—and I do think it's an art—is to create a whole world, a whole language, that is every aspect. The Gun Club, we kind of made it up as we went along, but what I learned from The Cramps and Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds is that they created a whole uncompromising world, and it's all kind of sprung out of that. You want to communicate with people, and I think through all aesthetics—artwork, the look, and music—you get to keep your world, and you get to let people enter your world and live in your world with you."



Swing from the Sean De Lear releases on February 19th via In The Red Records.


Watch the video for "He Walked In" and visit the bandcamp page below