TJ Kong & The Atomic Bomb is known around the region for their incendiary live shows and today we bring you a video for “California Basement Blues” that captures the intensity of their live gigs with a fun reel of adventures. With rustic and jangly guitars, hammering keys, spastic drums and gritty lyrics flung at us like we stole something, “California Basement Blues,” is that honkey-tonk blues tune we’ve been craving.
The fun and inviting song and video is off TJ Kong & The Atomic Bomb’s newest LP called Dancing Out The Door, and is a 13 song masterpiece that is so unlike most of the music, style-wise hitting us lately that it really stands out from the muddled pack and won’t be surprised if it ends up on some of “top of the year lists” very soon.
“We really wanted this record to have the lightning bolt dance kind of feel of our live shows. So we needed a visual with the same sort of get up and go. We got together with our good friend and Philadelphia legend Bob Sweeney. Bob has shot approximately 2 million music videos for Philadelphia bands in his crazy lifetime and if there’s a recipe you have in mind, he’s the one in town who can cook it good in the videoscope. Bob came out and shot some amazing footage at one of our shows, at Union Transfer in Philly, with his Super 8 camera and we really wanted to honor the energy and feeling he captured with some of our own nuggets from the past: from performances, recording, rehearsing, and just being alive together.” – Dan Bruskewicz
Cover Image: Neal Santos