Kalong is a three piece band from Athens, Greece. Formed back in 2015, the band today released their debut, self titled ep. Recorded by Iordanis Pamouktsoglou at Fabric Audio Studio, this ep includes seven tracks. I could describe their sound like noise rock meets post hardcore meets hardcore punk e.t.c. But to be honest i’m not really sure how accurate that would be. I’ll tell you what though. Kalong’s first ep to me sounds really experimental and that’s what makes it so damn intriguing. I love how their vocalist sings and how he generally uses his vocals. Here you’ll find high amounts of raw punk energy along with awesome basslines. Oh, there’s no guitar also. Just a drummer, a bassist and a vocalist. These three guys do the job though. Going through this ep’s tracklist i can tell you that ”Treadline” sets the tone. You just need to turn up the volume and enjoy this ep. I liked all of the ep’s tracks but if i had to choose a favourite one that would have to be either ”Patch” or ”Lawnmower Man”. It is my strong belief that we have struck gold. Kalong’s debut ep is a gem recently unearthed from the underground. Here’s a link where you can give it a listen. Apart from checking out their ep we also asked them some questions and they gave us their answers. Here’s what they had to say:
When did it all start for your band?
While we come from coastal areas around Athens, the concept of making a band started in Thessaloniki in late 2014. After that, we started practicing at Loverman’s basement in early 2015, where Kalong’s spirit enlightened us with it’s joyful screech.
What does the name Kalong represent?
We found it randomly in a word generator. Turns out it is an Indonesian word for a species of giant bats; technically it’s a flying fox, which eats exclusively fruits.
How would you define your sound?
It’s like the feeling of escalating numbness that gradually masks the human body whilst electrified riffs prolong an unexplainable tickle inside our belly buttons.
How did you decide to start a band with no guitars?
It didn’t start out as a conscious decision, it rather just occurred by playing with what we’ve got. In the end it rather helped creating our own sound, adjusting mixtures of our influences into this set.
Can you tell us about your main influences?
Punk, noise rock, garage/surf with various kicks of death and black metal at points.
What inspires you the most?
The complexity of human relationships, where are we headed as a species and the obscurity of the multiverse.
You’re about to release your debut ep. How did the recording sessions go?
We are happy with the result, as we learned a lot from the whole process.
What are you listening to these days?
Nalyssa Green, Quincy Jones Orchestra.
Any live shows planned in the months to come?
A gig in Athens for the release of the EP, in late 2017
What does the future hold for Kalong?
Recording the rest of our material