CD Review: Diet Kong | Music | Hudson Valley | Chronogram Magazine
Pin It
Favorite

CD Review: Diet Kong 

click to enlarge music_cd-diet-kong.jpg
Diet Kong Beautiful Blackout
(2010, Patriarch Recordings)

Try as I might, I find it impossible to sit still while this disc is spinning. And I can’t stop spinning it. Yet another of the impressive new alternative bands to emerge from the Hudson Valley, Diet Kong consists of two Brooklyn-to-Catskills transplants­—graphic designer/actor/guitarist Keith Gladysz and his wife, videographer/designer/vocalist Jenn Penn—and drummer and Woodstock Music Shop owner Jeff Harrigfeld. Influenced by Depeche Mode, Digital Underground, New Order, Devo, Jane’s Addiction, Radiohead, and Beck, this trio spews out a high-energy sound that is raw and flailing as it punches you square in the kisser.

Beautiful Blackout is Diet Kong’s third release, an EP of danceable, bulldozing riffs with impressive production. And at five songs it’s a party that’s over far too soon. “Shoot the Freak” starts off with no-apologies, eccentric electro-rock, followed by the infectious art rock of “A Forest” (check out the track’s performance-concept video on YouTube). “Skin Color Crayon” is edgy and driving, while “Open” is straight outta the garage; the title track rounds off the disc with the perfect blend of new wave and dance pop. The band’s shows add a bizarre and unpredictable video element, making it a blast to catch live. Comparable to the likes of Arcade Fire, the Pixies, and Bryan Ferry, Diet Kong has indie gold written all over it. www.dietkong.com
Pin It
Favorite

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Hudson Valley Events

submit event
Tár @ Crandell Theatre

Tár

Sat., Dec. 3, 4-6:45 p.m. — FINAL SCREENING! When we meet Lydia Tár, the first-ever female chief conductor...
ARTISTS CHOOSE ARTISTS 2022 @ Longyear Gallery

ARTISTS CHOOSE ARTISTS 2022

Fridays-Sundays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Continues through Dec. 4 — Longyear Gallery artists invite their artist friends to participate in this show....

View all of today's events

Chronogram on Instagram

SnapWidget · Instagram Widget

Latest in Arts & Culture

It’s high time Chronogram made a newsletter about marijuana. Stay in the know with the latest on dispensary openings, industry news, cultivation tips, and more as we cover the emerging cannabis scene in New York and the Northeast. Welcome to High Society.

Subscribe

* indicates required