Kong Kong - Raw And Primitive
Gorilla City Records
It’s been nearly 13 years ago, but I remember it like the day of yesterday - the day gorilla Bokito escaped his enclosure and left a trail of chaos and destruction in Diergaarde Blijdorp, the local zoo in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Fast forward to 2020 and a new group of primates is unleashed to the world in the form of Swedish outfit Kong Kong, leaving the same trail of mayhem behind with their debut EP for Gorilla City Records!
Entitled “Raw And Primitive”, the lads from Stockholm couldn’t have chosen a better title for their first release. The sound of Kong Kong is indeed raw, primitive and every other synonym you could possibly think of, but it’s also a very fun and very good record! Yet I perfectly understand the choice for “Raw And Primitive”, because what band would name its record “Fun And Good” anyway? Exactly, no band - though I Google’d it just to be sure.
With “Kong Unleashed”, “Cassette”, “I Don’t Live Up Well To Expectations” and “Gorilla City Wreck Chords” Kong Kong cranks out four tracks of mid-paced savagery, including brute vocals and killer melodies - just the way I like it! Musically Kong Kong is slightly different from the rest of the pack, yet the band delivers sheer brilliance from start to finish with its barbaric sound and genius (song)writing! Love it!
Limited to just 200 copies - all on black vinyl, “Raw And Primitive” comes in a sturdy sleeve and includes a thick lyric sheet containing all lyrics and some very basic information - as the identities of Kong Kong’s members remains unknown! A fantastic debut though, that definitely tastes like more!