Today’s Song: “I’m Only Joking” – KONGOS

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If you don’t have crazy pounding Celtic/African-influenced drums in your musical repertoire, then you’re doing something wrong. Phoenix band KONGOS, on the other hand, are doing something very right. The only things more intense than KONGOS’ song “I’m Only Joking” are the band’s uppercase name and their logo – despite its simplicity, it gives off a very powerful vibe:


The lyrics are appropriately vague and easy to sing along to, and the beat will hypnotize you into a rhythmic daze. Get acquainted with KONGOS now and watch their kickass music video, which they fully funded, filmed and edited themselves (whaaaaat?!)

‘Nuff said: “I’m Only Joking” is not a laughing matter.

There is a song
You’re trembling to its tune
At the request of the moon

Licking her chops
She looks at the lunatics
She needs another fix

I’m only joking
I don’t believe a thing i said
What are you smoking
I’m just fucking with your head
Only a crazy
Little thing I read

read the full lyrics online here

It helps even more to know that KONGOS put on an awesome live show. “I’m Only Joking” is certainly indicative of raw live power, so be sure to catch this band in action! KONGOS hit the road for a national tour starting January 29, 2015.

KONGOS Troubador Press Photo High Res 9.4.14

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Mitch Mosk

Mitch is the Editor-in-Chief of Atwood Magazine and a 2014 graduate from Tufts University, where he pursued his passions of music and psychology. He currently works at Universal Music Group in New York City. In his off hours, Mitch may be found songwriting, wandering about one of New York's many neighborhoods, or writing an article on your next favorite artist for Atwood. Mitch's words of wisdom to fellow musicians and music lovers are thus: Keep your eyes open and never stop exploring. No matter where you go, what you do or who you are with, you can always learn something new and inspire something amazing. Say hi here: mitch[at]atwoodmagazine[dot]com