“Post Apocalypse Blues – that’s what people began calling our music,” explains Dan Bruskewicz, frontman of four-piece garage/blues/punk act TJ KONG & THE ATOMIC BOMB. “This record is an exploration of that idea. Apocalyptic Americana. But besides all that, these songs are a celebration. A celebration of giving up control. A celebration of living in the eternal now. Of this very moment. The only moment.”
This October, on the decidedly appropriate Friday the 13th, TJ Kong & The Atomic Bomb will be releasing their third full length record, Dancing out the Door, via Good Behavior Records. The band sees this upcoming release as the third installment in a trilogy that began with their debut record, Idiots. According to Bruskewicz, “Idiots explores folk music, Manufacturing Joy explores garage, delta blues and country, and Dancing out the Door adds horns as well as organ and keys to explore our strange version of New Orleans, the holiest of the holies.”
The album begins with the intimate and cinematic intro of “Black Bats” which pushes through into the lunatic party of its chorus. They display a laid-back twang on “Mulholland Drive” before an out-of-this-world quote from Muhammed Ali leads into the animated “California Basement Blues”. “Dancing out the Door” displays its strength as the album’s namesake through its powerful drunken sing-along sensation. The tracks “Heat Heat Heat” and “Long Black Dress” show off TJ Kong’s jazz and garage chops respectively, gearing the album up for it’s Herculean New Orleans finish on “Soul Asylum”.
The band’s notoriety in the much-buzzed-about Philly music scene comes on two strengths: Bruskewicz’s darkly poetic, catchy narratives and a raucous, high energy live show – the likes of which the band was determined to capture in the studio for their third record. Dancing out the Door was recorded to tape over two days at Kawari Sound Studios, enlisting the talents of producer Bill Moriarty (Dr. Dog, Man Man, Ron Gallo) and mastering engineer Joe Lambert. “We recorded the majority of everything you hear live, including vocals,” says Bruskewicz. “It’s a very freeing way to work, knowing that perfection is out of the question. ‘Perfect is dead.’ James Taylor told me that once on a very strange evening in Philadelphia.”
SEPTEMBER 15 Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA Dancing Out the Door Performed in Full Limited Edition Vinyl Available for Purchase
OCTOBER 28 Underground Arts – Philadelphia, PA The Annual TJ Kong Halloween Costume Ball Rock N Roll Murdershow