Kid Congo Powers has been cranking out the devil’s music since the late 1970s, when he first joined the Gun Club. He has since slung his axe with the Cramps and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, among others. Last week he stopped in San Francisco with the Pink Monkey Birds in support of their new album Haunted Head (In the Red Records). With guitarist Mark Cisneros and drummer Ron Miller, Kid Congo blew through a slew of swampy garage punk tracks from Haunted Head and also treated the crowd to several Gun Club songs, including “She’s like Heroin to Me,” “Jack on Fire,” and “For the Love of Ivy.” Kid Congo’s a seasoned performer and a real treat to finally behold in person.
One audience member, who apparently had come specifically because of Kid Congo’s involvement with the Gun Club, magically appeared at the front of the stage at the start of every Gun Club song. He stayed up front for the duration of the song–pumping his fists, whipping his long blond hair, shaking his beer, attempting to mosh with anyone within reach–before quietly disappearing to the back when the song ended. In hindsight I should’ve taken photos of him but oh well! At least I got photos of Dancer and Wax Idols, who opened the show. I arrived during Dancer’s last song, alas, but caught Wax Idols’ entire Siouxsie & the Banshees–inspired set. Here’s how the night went down.