Kid Congo and the Monkey Birds
Kid Congo Powers is the stage name of Brian Tristan, who was born March 27, 1959 in La Puente, California. Tristan spent his childhood growing up in a Mexican immigrant suburb of Los Angeles, soaking up whatever music was around, and by his young adulthood, he found himself squarely in the center of the L.A. punk scene.
He formed the Gun Club with Jeffrey Lee Pierce, eventually leaving the band in 1980 to play in the Cramps, returning to the Gun Club in 1984 and later played guitar for Nick Cave’s Bad Seeds.
Well known as Kid Congo Powers by this point, he began to devote time to his own bands and projects, beginning with Congo Norvell and later the Pink Monkey Birds, developing a quirky, theatrical, almost anything-goes musical personality that made his music hard to pin down, full of punk, rockabilly, and surf influences, but always endlessly hip, unpredictable, and utterly fascinating
The Kid returns to London at the Dirty Water Club at MOTH Club in Hackney Central on Saturday 9 December. Get your tickets early, it’s going to be very busy.
With premium local support from Kiwi ‘tard’ London transplants The Cavemen (NZ) who are about the reissue both their first Gold and first Silver records on Dirty Water Records in the next few weeks. ( more info to follow)
Kicking off the night in pure form is the super delicious-dynamic-duo, Das Clamps who take the cream of the Cramps and crop it off with a swift flair of their lovely sisterly scissors. NOT TO BE MISSED!
The Dirty Water Club started in October 1996 in the Tufnell Park neighbourhood of north London, at a venue called The Boston. The club’s name is derived from The Standells’ 1966 hit ‘Dirty Water’ which glorifies the US city of Boston, Massachusetts.
Past performers have included The White Stripes (voted by Q Magazine as one of the top 10 gigs of all time, Mojo one of the top 30 and Kerrang one of the top 100!), The Gories, Country Teasers, Black Lips, NOBUNNY, Kid Congo Powers, The Fleshtones, Billy Childish, Radio Birdman, The Dirtbombs, Thee Michelle Gun Elephant, The 126.96.36.199’s, The Horrors and The Brian Jonestown Massacre to name just a few. The club has also seen some original ’60s performers, such as The Monks, ? and the Mysterians, Kim Fowley, Sky Saxon, GONN, Michael Davis of the MC5 and more grace its stage.
Their in-house record label, Dirty Water Records, is one of the leading garage/beat/(real) R&B labels in the world.