King Bong – Interview

Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (

PD: What type of artist are you?

KB: We’re an instrumental psychedelic trio, playing mostly improvised music.


PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.

KB: We got together in 2008 with the aim to play heavy music without any limitation.

Along the years we’ve published several albums, evolving our sound to include many influences.

What started off as a combination of doom riffs and psychedelic funk grooves evolved into progressive compositions first, and into free improvisation including elements of jazz and noise later.


PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?

KB: Each one of us has very distinct taste, which makes for a rather explosive mixture: collectively, we love the Grateful Dead, Motorpsycho, Parliament\Funkadelic, King Crimson, Metallica, Ulver. Personal favourites include Prince, David Bowie, R.E.M., Neil Young, Frank Zappa, the Beatles. Our interest in improvisation also brought us into jazz and avant-garde territory. Recent beloved musicians are Tropical Fuck Storm, Lingua Ignota, The Comet Is Coming, Full of Hell, Billie Eilish, Horse Lords.

We really are in love with music as a whole, as an art and form of expression. To avoid sounding too pretentious, we’d like to point out that some of us are proud owners of Richard Cheese records.


PD: What are your dreams and goals?

KB: We’d love to find a niche of like-minded listeners willing to follow us in our musical explorations.

As musicians, we aim to always expand our palette and learn new ways to interact and express ourselves.


PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?

KB: It’s a collective effort, especially since improvisation plays a large part in it. Some of our tracks are the soundtrack to a story, they actually have a plot, while the free improvisations are the expression of our feelings in that moment.


PD: How do you promote your band and shows?

KB: Nothing out of the ordinary: we have some social profiles, we upload our music to the main streaming services and we have a newsletter. We’ve recently signed with Mandrone Records (UK) and we’re confident this partnership will make things better under this point of view.


PD: What do you think about downloading music online?

KB: It’s great. Kill the music industry.


PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?

KB: This one is hard, we had a very long discussion.

“Hitler was a sensitive man” by Anal Cunt?

“Emerald Sword” by Rhapsody almost made the cut.

No seriously, we’ve chosen “Playing in the Band” by the Grateful Dead as it includes both a great song and a window for some free exploration.


PD: What are some of your pet peeves?

KB: People not storing cables in the correct manner. Barbarians.


PD: What is your proudest moment in music?

KB: The day we recorded our next release: we can’t wait to share it with the world, we feel it was the best music we’ve ever played. Stay tuned!


PD: So what are you working on at the moment?

KB: We’re finalizing a new composition and we were supposed to record it with an expanded lineup, when we were hit by a new lockdown. Things are on hold, we hope we’ll be able to publish it before the end of 2021.

Speaking about already recorded music, we’re re-releasing our 2017 album “Sand ≈ Return” and we’re planning a new release in the first quarter of 2021, it’s the one from the previous answer.


PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?

KB: We’ve published 16 albums and all of them are available on BandCamp and the main streaming services (Spotify, iTunes, Deezer, Amazon). You can buy our music there, we suggest BandCamp as most earnings go to the band and you can download lossless files.

For physical copies, you can order from BandCamp or write us at Soon, Mandrone’s website will also have some good stuff.

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