“Take It From Me” is the first new music to be released from the group’s forthcoming third full-length album, Egomaniac[Epic Records], available June 10, 2016. Album pre-order is live now.
“Take It From Me” riles up an immediately anthemic hook fueled by a clever call-and-response, their instantly recognizable accordion, and a slick slide guitar stomp. Nodding to an infamous hidden feature of the classic nineties video game NBA Jam, the music video features the brothers experiencing the “rockstar life” in “Big Head Mode.” The hilarious visual also continues what’s become a family tradition of directing, editing, and producing their own videos.
Following two successful years on the road supporting 2014’s breakout Lunatic, KONGOS returned home in late 2015 with a bevy of ideas. The guys wrote initial demos separately and convened at Tokoloshe Studios—their full-scale production studio located in their hometown of Phoenix, Arizona. While sharing ideas, they collectively realized a thematic commonality, which would eventually inform the creation of Egomaniac.
“We started to see this theme of egomania in everyone’s songs,” explains Dylan. “It came from recognizing egomania in every aspect of life and throughout our surroundings. If you have any inkling of self-awareness, you also notice it inside yourself. It’s so palpable in our world. By referencing another human condition in so many songs, we thought it was a nice follow-up to our last album Lunatic. If you’re going to name an album Egomaniac, you have to incorporate big sounds and songs. The chorus of ‘Take It From Me’ embodies the entire record’s theme perfectly.”
Egomaniac boasts 13 new tracks from the group. These range from the blues guitar-driven accordion shuffle of “I Don’t Mind,” which instantly became a live favorite, to the skittering electronics and sharp commentary on “Autocorrect” and the epic send-off at the heart of “Look At Me.” The full tracklisting is revealed below.
In 2014, “Come With Me Now” from Lunatic put KONGOS on the map. The group became unanimously recognized as one of rock music’s most infectious and invigorating new voices as the track went RIAA double-platinum for sales in excess of 2 million. It occupied the #1 spot at Alternative Radio for five weeks, marking the quickest ascent to the top by a new band in history. The song was heard everywhere with placements by The Expendables 3, Universal Studios, Dodge Ram, Samsung Galaxy, American Idol, The Originals, MTV Movie Awards, HBO, FX, CNN, NBC Sports, ESPN, NFL, WWE, Playstation 4 and more. The video has been viewed over 45 million times: http://smarturl.it/CWMNvideo. They’ve hit the stage at Late Night With Seth Meyers, Jimmy Kimmel LIVE!, The Today Show and more and received acclaim from Rolling Stone, USA Today, and many others.
The brothers KONGOS—Johnny, Jesse, Dylan, and Danny—have music in their blood. Their dad John Kongos landed multiple chart hits in the seventies, and the boys picked up instruments at a young age. Now, they’ve got a musical legacy all their own.