With over 190,000 views on YouTube, sold out Dublin shows, a new album produced by Tim Holmes of Death In Vegas and a Huffington Post article about an escaped pig, there are plenty of talking points about this electronic band from Waterford.
Described as a “dubbed up Prodigy, a reggae-d up Chemical Brothers or a danced up LCD Soundsystem” King Kong Company are most likely better summed up as a band that sound like a DJ playing at a party you wish would never end.
Heralded as ‘Out Of This World’ by Joe.ie, ‘Artist Of The Week’ and 'Gig Of The Week' in The Irish Times, KKC have enjoyed playing to heaving festival tents at festivals such as Electric Picnic and Body & Soul. Their first set of UK gigs included a sold out London date and a slot supporting DJ Yoda at Shamabala Festival in Northampton.
For the last two years on the trot King Kong Company have headlined the Salty Dog stage at Electric Picnic. This year KKC make their way out of the woods and into the main arena; they’ve been having that kind of year. To coincide with their Electric Picnic main arena debut, the band are set to release All These Things, the second single from their critically acclaimed debut album.
The King Kong crew have built a reputation as festival specialists, slaying crowds with their bombastic and bass driven live shows, but for their set at Stradbally they’ll be upping the ante considerably. Expect the usual mix of infectious dubby-electro-rock, retina blowing visuals and crowd fluffing stage antics, but also keep sketch for some surprise guests, specially prepared tunes and a stage show worthy of David Lynch and Die Antwoord on the tail-end of a ketamine binge. This will be King Kong Company’s biggest ever festival show in Ireland and they intend to respond appropriately.
Not content with sticking to the 10 tracks on their critically acclaimed debut album, the next King Kong Company single is a vocal remix of the opening album track All These Things. This twist on the original is a dark offering that conjours up images of bogey men and dastardly deeds.
Ali Staton took up the mixing duties for the track; he’s been at the controls for work from Tricky, Nitin Sawhney, Madonna and wait for it... Simply Red (maybe we should keep that to ourselves?!). Where the first single released in June was built for fueling frenzied festival fields, this latest effort has a lot more thump and a razor sharp sinister edge. Brace yourself, this cut kicks in with all the subtlety of a bear-trap. Hucknallesque it is not.