Gearing up for the release of the new album from Brooklyn based Sam Kogon? Thought so...the new album Before You Knew Me is just moments away from release on September 18 on cassette and 12” via LLR and Seagreen Records, so Third Outing thought we'd find out a few things first. Here's 5 facts about our pal Kogon...
1 Kogon has been in many bands over the last few years, including fronting the immensely influential psych-pop band The Left Banke. Yes, he may have made a name for himself amongst the clubs of NYC with a backing, but now is the true test for the roller with a new album which is said to encompass everything from Elvis Costello guitar pop to sensuous slow-burners with luscious string sections.
2 Kogon says his sound is, and we quote, "Roy Orbison in the 80's". He added a question mark behind this comment, perhaps he isn't quite sure about this. Listening to the jangles of February's release Plans, it is safer to say Kogon is a rhythmic Ruffian-esque singer dwelling between clean guitar solos and bouncy ball bass lines.
3 Kogon recorded his upcoming début album Before You Knew Me at Ishlab Studio in Dumbo, in a "cramped yet adequate space". Sounds like the kind of conditions Lou Reed was at home in. Though the actual time spent in the studio was very short, 2 days, 9 songs made it out the other end. It still took a year to mix and dub, though... Kogon claims it was made to feel like a live set, let's hope this doesn't include a destroyed pair on converse, a cup of warm piss and a stolen mobile phone!
4 "A happy sounding song with happy lyrics are only good for slasher movies". So are the words of Kogon on the great oxymorons of singer song writing. Make a happy song with depressing lyrics. Play in minor tones when jubilating over fond memories. Easy! Though Plans is certainly one of Kogon's more euphoric releases, the new release is said to be purposefully contrasting. Will it be fantastically bland, or terribly incredible? See what I did?