P/REVIEW: Johnny Kowalski & the Sexy Weirdos – Kill the Beast (album launch) @ Hare & Hounds, Fri 4th Apr

Johnny Kowalski & the Sexy Weirdos

This Friday (April 4th) Birmingham’s own sexy/weird Gypsy Punksters come to the Hare & Hounds, with the first taste of their second studio album, Kill the Beast.

Scheduled for release on May 7th, Kill the Beast is a 10 track/35min follow up to Victory for the Monsters – Johnny Kowalski & the Sexy Weirdos’ debut LP, released in October 2012.

Produced by Gavin Monaghan, at his Wolverhampton based Magic Garden Studios, Kill the Beast ‘takes its influences from disparate cultures and movements’ to produce ‘a surprisingly cohesive set of songs, all infused with the trademark Weirdo energy’. And if you’ve been to one of their live gigs you’ll have a fair idea what this could involve.

Johnny Kowalski & the Sexy Weirdos – Kill the Beast

Kicking off with Gypsy strings, alongside the eponymous lead singer’s deep billy goat vocals, Kill the Beast doesn’t waste much time in establishing its sexy, weird sound – before neatly flaunting other influences and genres.

With their fervent ‘Carnival Punk’ never far behind, expect strains of Ska, Reggae, Soul or broader Rock & Roll as Johnny Kowalski & the Sexy Weirdos ‘cover a startling amount of ground on this, their sleek second album.’

But is you need a more visual (and possibly shorter) introduction – click here or on the image below:

Album trailer - sm

Pre-promotion for the album has/will include a fair amount of road testing across a variety of UK and European stages, as well as a reassuringly raucous video shoot for ‘Tequila Song’ – a Portman Group challenging, Two Tone homage to a night that doesn’t sound too far removed from the truth.

But for the first live showcase of Johnny Kowalski & the Sexy Weirdos’ second album, Kill the Beast, you’ll have to be at the Hare & Hounds (Kings Heath) on Friday April 4th. Support comes from Culture Dub Orchestra, The Harlaquin Dynamite Marching Band and a DJ set from Will Itsasecret.


For more gig info & tickets, visit http://hareandhoundskingsheath.co.uk/event-listings/event/?eventID=10030535

For more on Johnny Kowlaski & the Sexy Weirdos, visit http://www.sexyweirdos.co.uk

For further listing from the Hare & Hounds, visit http://hareandhoundskingsheath.co.uk/event-listings