On this special episode the guys talk about their breakout album Lunatic with a full track by track discussion.
Michael “Mic” Quinn is a veteran touring professional hailing from Glasgow, Scotland, who's been around the world with bands such as Jet, Empire of the Sun, The Music, Ratatat, Cut Copy and more. He is currently the Production Manager and Front of House sound engineer for KONGOS.
FITNESS is a new band made up of Kenny Carkeet (formerly of AWOLNATION) and Max Collins (Eve 6). The guys talk about overcoming early success, working with major labels, the Lion of Soweto, Die Antwoord, $100 hamburgers, yoga and piloting single engine planes.
The guys met Adam Ruehmer in 2012 opening for Linkin Park who Adam worked for at the time. They talk about meeting in the Virgin Airlines upper class lounge, Tinariwen, Tartit, Trystero Coffee, the business of social media audiences, Paiste cymbals and why we don't like the sound of our own voice
The guys catch up with friend Sam Pauly, who they met on the Kings of Leon tour, and talk about the details of tour managing, Master Tour, guest list politics, casino food, bootleg Lil Wayne vs Drake merch, Exponential Audio R4 reverb and their friend Stripes getting kidnapped by an uber driver.
The guys catch up with one of their oldest friends and first crew member Mo Gordon. They talk furniture, The GZA, Glenn Gould, The Art of Fugue, paperwork on the road, sleep-talking, leatherman multi tools, The ARP Odyssey synthesizer, forgetting lyrics on stage and the role fashion plays in life.
The guys catch up with good friend and monitor engineer Geron Rains. They talk about coffee snobbery, palm trees, Blake Mills, Bill Withers, John Coltrane, Frequent Flyer miles, how to make perfect cocktail ice, "road brothers" and how touring changes your outlook on life.
The guys catch up with old friend and singer/songwriter Charlene Kaye and talk about her music, her all girl cover band Guns 'n Hoses, ECM records, Keith Jarrett, Arvo Part, the hysterical parody videos she writes with her sister Liann Kaye and the Netflix documentary "Magnus"
Jonny Marlow is a photographer who's recently shot William H. Macy, Felicity Huffman, Nina Dobrev, Adam Scott and of course KONGOS. He grew up in Aspen with Hunter S. Thompson as a neighbor. They talk about how they met, Freddie King, riders, and what it's like editing 3 years of tour footage.
The guys talk about how weird their accents are, Jesse's cooking, math and music, fast food song syncs, parking lot parties with Young the Giant on the Kings of Leon tour, the Rupert Neve 542 tape emulator, which of each others lyrics' they hate and "How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior"
In the first episode of "The Front Lounge with KONGOS" the guys discuss why they're doing a podcast, what they've been up to, music, the music business, reminisce about early van touring days, the new BURL AD converter they bought, discuss how much they hate using social media and talk about how disorienting tour life can be.