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Evil Emil & King Kongo Cobras - Swedish zydeco madness!

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"I had heard of Emil and his vipers for a while. There was a buzz among the ladies and gentlemen in the American Folk Music Society, as well as among the clubbing kids of Stockholm: There is a new band, hotter than hell, with a hard-driving groove that will lift the roof of any old joint, and they have a singer who can sing a sponge cake recipe with a patos that make Nike Cave appear whimsical, and James Brown a kraut rocker by comparsion... I can count the bands that really comes through beyond the edge of the stage, compelling you to dance, on my ten fingers, and Evil Emil & King Kongo Cobras is one of them..." (Peter Frövik - excerpt from linear notes from the album "No more rest for the wicked" 2009)

Evil Emil & King Kongo Cobras (EE&KKC) has played at numerous festivals, pubs and parties in Sweden and Europe during the years, for example; Zydecozity Festival (NL), Race 61 (DE), Hastings Fat Tuesday Zydeco Night (GB), Notodden Blues festival (N), Spasibar (Oslo, N), A-Bombers/Old Style Weekend (Uddevalla), Kulturnatten (Norrköping), Arvikafestivalen, Mosebacke, Pub Stampen, Wirströms (Stockholm), Östersunds Bluesfestival, 7 sins (Göteborg), Klara Hall (Enköping), Kutens Bensin (Fårö), Krokstrandsfestivalen, Lonesome Pine Country Festival (Lysvik).

 

EE&KKC has been around since 1997. Founded in the small town of Arvika, the members now are scattered all over the middle of Sweden, getting together for gigs, recordings and occasional rehersals. The bandmembers are well familiar with, and nourishes a great love to zydeco music, and mentions John Delafose, Boozoo Chavis and Cedric Watson as their main influences. With zydeco as a base, and a varity of musical backgrounds and preferences, EE&KKC has managed to create a rather unique sound and approach to the music. To see this band live is an extraordinary experience! Everywhere they come, the audience is struck by the hard swinging grooves, peculiar melodies and brutal singing. Even the most reluctant gradually surrender to the beat, and start moving their feet. There's no chance to stand still when Emil leads his vipers to musical extacy.