TJ Kong & The Atomic Bomb

Hi all! How are you guys doing today?

Pretty great, we’re gonna murder this interview.

You’re going to be releasing a new record, Dancing out the Door on October 13, 2017. What can you tell us about it?

It’s edible! You can sink your teeth into it and use it for nourishment. It has songs about murder and sex and being alone and being drunk and being in love and one song about a man who sets his house on fire.

This upcoming record will have 13 tracks. Which song has been your favorite so far?

Well, that would be like naming your favorite child or house cat. Which is something you don’t want to say in front of the others because it will alter the future. We took our time with this record and really enjoy all of the tunes on it. We’re not tired of it yet, which is always good. I think the one song we are surprised about loving as much as we do is Long Black Dress. That’s a very new song and one we threw together quickly for the record. But the folks who have heard it live really enjoy it and we are starting to fall for it.

About how long does it take to write, record, and produce one song?

No idea. The only time that matters is the time inside of the song, not outside of the song. There’s a tattoo for you.

How do you think Dancing out the Door differs from your other records?

This record is a journey of sorts. It has songs about different places and moments. It’s a little bit more of an epic poem while the other two records are more of a collection of short stories, if I may be so adjunct prof about it. We added a lot of flavors to the sound on this record, there’s organ and tack piano and trumpet and clarinet and a choir of angry men. We experimented a little more here with the cocktail.

Your next show is on October 28 at Underground Arts in Philadelphia, PA. Will this be your last show of the year?

No way, Jose. This will be our album release partay – and the kickoff to our album release tour which will run through November. All the dates can be found on our Website and Facebook pages. We’re going to all of our favorite dives, it’s gonna be a doozy.

What can fans expect from your live shows?

Hot, sweaty, preachers.

Lastly, which one of your songs would represent your whole career?

Oh jeez. Was that the assignment? I think we screwed that up. There’s probably a song off each record that you could maybe say does this. “Everyone We Know” off our first record is one that people really identify with. And “Friday Night Guy” off of our second record is that way too. Of all the songs on the new record I would say people should look out for “California Basement Blues”. It’s pretty damn fun.

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