King Kong Company

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King Kong Company
Origin Waterford, Ireland
Genres Electronica
Years active 1996 (1996)–2000 (2000), 2011-present (Hiatus: 2000–2011)
Website Official website
Members Mark White
Alan Aylward
Colin Hoye
Trish Murphy
Tom Stapleton
Mark Graham
Past members Hazel Downes
Kevin O'Shanahan

King Kong Company is an Irish dance band based in Waterford in Ireland. Although none of the members are from Waterford, they met while attending Waterford Institute of Technology.[1] In June 2016 they released their self-titled debut album.[2]


King Kong Company was conceived when two college friends, Alan Aylward and Mark White began experimenting with dance music using effect laden guitars and drum machines. They recruited college friends and expanded into a five piece. King Kong Company recorded a session for Dave Fanning on RTÉ 2FM, and despite having some of their tracks edited, they were announced as the most popular radio session for that year. King Kong Company played at Ireland's first dance festival, Homelands. Other artists on the bill included Underworld, Orbital and Paul Oakenfold. The band split after finishing college in W.I.T.

In 2011 the band reformed with the idea of producing one new music video every month. Before the band played a gig, the video for Acetate won the Viewers Choice Award at the Irish Music TV Awards in 2011. The popularity of the videos resulted in the band playing a one off sold out gig at The Forum in Waterford in 2012. This resulted in subsequent festival offers[1] including Life Festival, Body & Soul and Electric Picnic. Their first international gigs followed in the United Kingdom in 2014.

They released their debut self-titled album in June 2016. The album was produced by Neil McLellen and was well received in the Irish media.[2] The album reached the top 10 in the Irish Albums Chart.

In September 2016 they were nominated for two awards at the Pure M Awards. The first nomination was for Best Live Act where the other nominees included Hermitage Green, The Strypes and Aslan. The second nomination was for Best Music Video for 'Scarity Dan'. King Kong Company won the Best Live Act award.[3]

In November 2016 the band's debut album made the Choice Music Prize long list. Other nominees included All Twins, September Girls, Bell X1, Katie Kim and Two Door Cinema Club.[4]

In January 2017 King Kong Company played their first mainland Europe gigs in the Netherlands.[5] On February 28, their debut album was released in the Netherlands to positive reviews.[6][7][8]

In April 2017 it was announced that King Kong Company would play the Silver Hayes stage at Glastonbury Festival for the first time in June.[9]



King Kong Company discography
Studio albums 1
Music videos 13
Singles 1

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions
2016 King Kong Company 45
"—" denotes a title that did not chart.


Year Title Peak chart positions Album
2016 "Scarity Dan" King Kong Company
"—" denotes a title that did not chart.

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Director Album
2011 "Dr. Whom"[11] Lofty King Kong Company
"Acetate"[12] Lofty King Kong Company
"Uncle Trouble"[13] Lofty King Kong Company
"Damn You Dorothy"[14] Lofty King Kong Company
"Zoids[15] Lofty King Kong Company
"Panic Button"[16] Lofty King Kong Company
"I Said Posse![17] Lofty King Kong Company
"Cannibal Country[18] Lofty King Kong Company
2012 "Eamonn Devalero"[19] Lofty King Kong Company
"One Of These Days[20] Alan Aylward King Kong Company
"BagPuss[21] Alan Aylward King Kong Company
2015 SpaceHopper[22] Lofty King Kong Company
2016 Scarity Dan[23] Jamie O’Rourke King Kong Company


  1. ^ a b "King Kong Company - The Hedonist's Choice -". Retrieved 2016-11-05. 
  2. ^ a b "King Kong Company album review - 1990s vibes with 21st-century swagger". The Irish Times. Retrieved 2016-11-05. 
  3. ^ "2016 Pure M Awards | Pure M". Pure M. Retrieved 2016-11-05. 
  4. ^ "2016 Album List | Choice Music Prize". Retrieved 2016-12-01. 
  5. ^ Echotape. "Echotape at Eurosonic Groningen - Altersonic Festival - 14/01/2017". Evensi. Retrieved 2017-03-04. 
  6. ^ "King Kong Company - King Kong Company". (in Dutch). Retrieved 2017-03-05. 
  7. ^ "King Kong Company: King Kong Company". Keys And Chords. Retrieved 2017-03-05. 
  8. ^ "King Kong Company – King Kong Company | Mpodia". Retrieved 2017-03-05. 
  9. ^ "Glastonbury Festival (official)". Retrieved 2017-05-05. 
  10. ^ Hung, Steffen. " - Discography king kong company". Retrieved 2016-09-03. 
  11. ^ King Kong Company - Dr. Whom - Official HD Music Video on YouTube
  12. ^ King Kong Company - Acetate - Official HD Music Video on YouTube
  13. ^ King Kong Company - Uncle Trouble - Official HD Music Video on YouTube
  14. ^ King Kong Company - Damn You Dorothy - Official HD Music Video on YouTube
  15. ^ King Kong Company - Zoids - Official HD Music Video on YouTube
  16. ^ King Kong Company - Panic Button - Official HD Music Video on YouTube
  17. ^ King Kong Company - I Said Posse! - Official HD Music Video on YouTube
  18. ^ King Kong Company - Cannibal Country - Official HD Music Video on YouTube
  19. ^ King Kong Company - Eamonn Devalero - Official HD Music Video on YouTube
  20. ^ King Kong Company - One Of These Days - Official HD Music Video on YouTube
  21. ^ King Kong Company - BagPuss - Official HD Music Video on YouTube
  22. ^ King Kong Company - SpaceHopper - Official HD Music Video on YouTube
  23. ^ King Kong Company - Scarity Dan - Official HD Music Video on YouTube

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