Review By Bobby Green
If you’ve been a field over the last few years dancing your face off to a live band that have exploded onto the stage and stole the show then you would have more than likely been getting down to King Kong Company. Their live sets are now stuff of legend proving that if you keep faith in the good times, they will come. Year after year they get higher and higher on the billing as their fanbase grows and grows and although the new single is just a slight tone down for them it’s still good times a go-go with an electro funky moon stomp of a beat that gets your booty swaying like nothing else that’s out there right now.
The first-time King Kong Company played Electric Picnic it was on the Body&Soul Stage seven years ago. Last year King Kong Company played the Electric Arena, and even though it was 3PM on a Sunday afternoon, and even though Waterford were playing in the All Ireland Hurling Final, 10,000 wonderful lunatics turned up and tore the roof off the place. The band play a headline slot at Indiependence this year, having worked their way up from playing on a tiny mud splattered trailer in the lashing rain seven years ago.
Not content with dominating festival fields, King Kong Company have brought their sensory assault indoors, selling out venues all over the country. This October they play their biggest headline show to date when they take to the stage in The Olympia Theatre Dublin. Expect another savage summer season from these simian savants, and consider this latest single an entrée.
Bands like King Kong Company need to be celebrated, their commitment to live performance should never be underestimated and lost in the amazing vibe they create. It’s so easy to forget the hard work that goes into their performances both live and in the studio. If they were from New York, Paris, London or Amsterdam they wouldn’t look out of place on any stage in any city. But one of the hottest bands on the planet right now are from Waterford, and the directive from the Deise is remember thy name.
My Name Is Now is Out now…
More Live Dates to follow.
21/7 – Townlands Festival – Macroom
4/8 – Indiependence – Mitchelstown
5/8 – Beatyard – Dun Laoghaire
18/08 – Canal Quarter Festival – Tullamore
25/08 – Daytripper – Waterford
Electric Picnic? – Watch This Space
13/10 – The Olympia Theater – Dublin