What can two men who wear gold shoes and caps tell you about your dreams and life? A lot, apparently. Between constant touring and teaching kids in schools about unibrows, Neil and Bryan (first names only) of Koo Koo Kanga Roo have put together a self-help tape titled The Triangle of Success. The 17 track cassette tape features a cameo from their tourmate Frank Turner & the Sleeping Souls, and takes the listener through the steps — the first of which is believing — to achieving their dreams.
Neil and Bryan are so great at what they do, that even the coolest hipster would struggle to sneer at their hilarious charm. They lead their listeners into a world that reminds them not to give up on their dreams — no matter how big or small they may be.
City Pages: In a nutshell, can you tell me what you guys have been up to since our conversation at the laundromat? I know you ate a lot of fish and chips and toured with the Vans Warped Tour last year.
Neil: 2015 was the busiest year in the history of our band. We played over 150 shows (elementary schools, Warped Tour, club shows with MC Lars), put out an EP of potty humor songs called Gross, and tried to eat at as much Panera Bread as possible.
We've laid low for the first half of 2016 but we did make a new album! It's a musical audiobook called The Triangle of Success: A Motivational, Inspirational Audio Guide to Achieving Your Dreams.
CP: Who came up with the idea for a self-help tape?
N: We're better at making concept albums than normal "bunch of unrelated songs" albums. We've had the idea for the self-help tape for awhile. We even recorded (and then scrapped) a bunch of songs and ideas over a year ago.
The tape consists of expert advice from us, songs about how to achieve your dreams, and exercises you can listen to and learn from.
CP: Why a tape?
N: The nut of the idea is a self-help tape so we decided to stay as true to that as possible and make the only physical media version of the album be a cassette! We have some friends that run a record label in Chicago that only do cassettes so they hooked us up with the manufacturer. Also it's fun to introduce this ancient form of media that we grew up with to the 6-12 year-olds who attend our shows.
CP: Why is it a triangle of success? Is it the same as a pyramid scheme?
N: The Triangle of Success is our easy, three step program that will help you turn your life around and inspire you to follow your dreams. Because it is only three steps, it made sense to make it a triangle. This is NOT a pyramid scheme. However, our Pyramid Scheme concept album is set to drop in 2019.
CP: Is there such a thing as a stupid dream? Should people give up on those?
N: There are so many different kinds of dreams. Stupid dreams do exist, but you should follow them anyway. The only way to know if your dream is actually stupid is to try as hard as possible to make that dream a reality. There will be a moment where everything will become clear and you'll see the path forward from there.
CP: Who do you see benefiting the most from these self-help tapes?
N: People who are sick of their "normal" lives and have an idea for the life they would rather be living will benefit most from our new album. We relentlessly followed our dreams and refused to accept a reality where Koo Koo Kanga Roo didn't exist. Now we get to perform songs about Unibrow's to the youth of America for a living. If we can make this thing happen, you can make YOUR thing happen.
CP: What dreams have you guys achieved simply by believing? Is there more to achieving these dreams than merely believing? What are those steps?
N: When I was a little kid I loved Pop-Tarts, but really wanted a "S'mores" flavor to exist, so I simply started believing that something like that would be possible. Then a few weeks later, the S'mores flavor Pop Tarts started showing up in grocery stores. I still take credit for that to this day.
Believing in yourself is extremely important. So important that it is one of the three corners of our The Triangle of Success system. If you want to be successful in achieving your dreams, all three corners of the Triangle must work in concert with each other. If you want to know what those other two corners are, you'll have to listen to the album.
Limited edition 100 yellow tapes available.