1. Can you tell us a little bit about the band for those that have never heard of you before?
We are Raedon Kong, a two piece soon to be three piece, experimental, heavy, psychedelic, progressive, melodic rock band from Lafayette, Louisiana. We are a guitar player (Stephen Sheppert) and a drummer (Dave Leonard)…we both sing, though Stephen takes on lead vocals-he’s got a better voice than I haha! We also incorporate synth textures via a roland PK-5A pedal, similar to Geddy Lee’s setup. The bass signal is the result of a signal splitter through a series of octave/distortion pedals to add low end. We write a lot of music, that’s our main focus right now, just writing more ideas.
2. How would you describe your musical sound?
Our sound is, from what we think as well as feedback from others, a hybrid cross pollination of heavy bands like Yob, Isis, Neurosis, Mastodon, Zeni Geva and a lot of King Crimson, so a lot of early prog vibes going on in there as well in terms of structure and flow..i’ve even heard references to bands like Big Black, Fuckin Champs, The Police, Sonic Youth ..
3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
As far as lyrics go, we write a lot about man’s nature as well as personal perspective, inner turmoil, brooding ,existential type subject matter also some political stuff, nothing preachy, just writing’s on the wall kinda stuff, metaphorical mostly, creating apocalyptic scenes via lyrics.
4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the bands name?
Raedon Kong came from Rae Dawn Chong, the daughter of Tommy Chong. She was in some cool movies back in the 80’s. Commando is the one that comes to mind. Stephen came up with it, and we agreed that it sounded huge, so we kept it.