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Dec 262012
 

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Homegrown indie rockers King Kong Jane have released a new music video for their latest single ‘Lemonade’.

Created by designer Trixie Chua (www.behance.net/twntysvn), the music video is a visual treat, leveraging on the song’s uplifting lyrics to present kaleidoscopic motion graphics. This is the fourth music video which King Kong Jane has released in support of it’s album Waiting For Friday, which was released in 2011.

“When we released the album, Lemonade was singled out by many of our fans as their favourite track. We knew we had to release a music video for it eventually, so we’re really happy that we’ve finally done so with Trixie’s help. She’s done a brilliant job with the motion graphics, and we hope that the song’s message of positivity will strike a chord with our fans during this festive season,” said Colin Lim, vocalist of King Kong Jane.

Waiting For Friday is exclusively on sale at the Esplanade Shop. Digital copies can be purchased at http://kingkongjane.bandcamp.com.

 

PoPTV – KING KONG JANE

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Sep 082011
 

KING KONG JANE – STRANGER

King Kong Jane has just released a new music video for Stranger, a track from their debut album Waiting For Friday.

Shot in Singapore, the music video for the song is produced and directed by up-and-coming talents Charmaine Lam, Elaine Ang and WenJian Teo.

“When we released our debut album ‘Waiting For Friday’ in March this year, many fans told us that ‘Stranger’ was one of their favourite tracks. So we’re really excited to release a music video for the song, and are thankful to our friend Alex for introducing the song to Charmaine, Elaine and WenJian,” says Colin Lim, vocalist of King Kong Jane.

He adds, “We’ve sold more than 500 copies of our album so far, so this music video is dedicated to everyone who has shown support for our music in one way or another. This is the 3rd music video we’ve released for the album, but we plan to put out at least one more video within the next few months.”

For more information about the music video’s directors, visit:

Charmaine Lam: http://charmzlam.carbonmade.com

Elaine Ang: http://elaineangg.carbonmade.com

WenJian Teo: http://wenjianteo.carbonmade.com

 

 

KING KONG JANE

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Apr 022011
 

I am not going to review S-ROCK band King Kong Jane’s performance at Home Club on April Fool’s Day, cos as expected the band truly “brought it” – energy, melodies and crowd-pleasing songs. What more could you want?

The S-ROCK community regularly bitches about how bad the S-ROCK scene is – complaining about the lack of public support and government funding (yes, me included as well) – blah blah blah! But based on the show last night, you’d think that the S-ROCK scene was thriving as King Kong Jane’s fans packed the Home Club and had a ball of a time!

So let’s take that at face value why don’t we? Let’s enjoy the moment – Singaporeans actually cheering and dancing to original music made by a band from Singapore. Back in 2007, I wrote about King Kong Jane – “With their talent, commitment, flair, eclecticism and humour – there is enough to suggest that this band can go as far and stay the course as long as they collectively decide to… ” and I am proud to say that four years later, I have been proven right.

If you haven’t got your copy of King Kong Jane’s debut album, Waiting For Friday, do it now.

Back to your pointless discussions about Rebecca Black or Tin Pei Ling.

Pictures by Jerusha Tan, Miyuki Sagi and Samuel Leong respectively.

Mar 192011
 

It’s fair to say that King Kong Jane is one of my favourite S-ROCK bands. I first met the guys back in 2007 when I interviewed them for Baybeats Festival that year – when they were still in school – and since then, it’s always been great to chat with the individual members whenever we’d run across each other at gigs and the like. So from interview subjects to good friends, I have been keen to always follow their progress and it’s a proud moment for me to see them fulfilling their early promise with an excellent debut album – Waiting For Friday. I met the guys (on a Friday!) where we conducted the interview, which was ultimately published in TODAY. As always with a 600 word limit, the piece can never tell the full story. So… here’s the unedited interview in its complete glory…(I hope I attributed the quotes to the right names, though)

What does King Kong Jane – the band – stand for or mean to you?

(long pregnant pause)

Ian – For me, simply put, it’s just a group of guys playing music, what we like, something we enjoy. I don’t have high hopes – ‘world peace’ – it’s just us, playing music that we like to play.

Renquan – Personally, it represents my life where I can stay sane and do something I really like especially when you’re much older when a lot of practical things start setting in, like earning a living. But I think having this part of me, makes me happy – I still have a passion I can pursue. It represents a part of us that didn’t really grow up or get jaded in the rat race. We’ve had this (the band) for so many years and we’ve still doing it!

Colin (who for once is initially speechless!) – For me, I’m someone who loves performing and I’m very glad that we’re still doing what we’re doing because it gives me an outlet to express myself: be it writing lyrics or singing or even band marketing and promotion. It gives me an additional creative outlet that I may not be able to find in other aspects of my life.

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LOVE-IN

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Feb 102011
 

Press release

Join in the celebration of life, peace, and love at non-ticketed music concert Love-In. Held on 6 March 2011 at Hong Lim Park, the event will feature some of Singapore’s most talented musicians coming together in aid against domestic violence. This picnic-style concert features an impressive line-up with the likes of Basement In My Loft, Etc, For This Cycle, King Kong Jane, Sean Harrison, The Pinholes, TypeWriter, and Zahidah.

6 Mar, 5pm onwards. Hong Lim Park. Free Admission. www.love-in2011.com

MANIC MONDAY

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Oct 122010
 

Monday night seems an odd choice for a gig date but then, sometimes you need to “think out of the box”. Or maybe the venue was not available on Friday or Saturday. In any case, the bands that blew away the sizable crowd last night (viz. King Kong Jane, TypeWriter & Cheating Sons) did everything in their power to ensure that it was indeed a memorable Monday night for all concerned.

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MANIC MONDAY

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Oct 112010
 

As regular visitors to Power of Pop will be keenly aware, I love the classic pop-rock of the 60s and 70s and believe that everything that is good about pop music derives its inspirations from this special era. Original cutting-edge pop-rock is not that easy to find in Singapore as most bands tend to be too focused on being hip and cool and only play the kind of music currently in vogue or in style.

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KING KONG JANE

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Aug 012008
 

There you have it. Sometimes justice is served. When King Kong Jane first told me that they were entering Powerjam 08, I believed that they would have a good chance to win. When I watched them during the prelims, this belief grew stronger. And during the finals, I was positively convinced that they would win. Feels so good to be right!

This year’s final was in stark contrast to last years when the majority of the bands were deep into rock posing. This time around, the focus was on funk as Madhatter, Soul Access and Aurigami did their best to put on the groove. Maybe they sounded too similar to the judges and never got into the top two placings. 

Surprise runners-up was Page, fronted by Bani Hidir (B-Quartet) sporting a mohawk and plying playful grunge powerpop (ala Foo Fighters) which resonated with the judges. Unconventional certainly, but it worked! 

But the night belonged to King Kong Jane, who were visibly nervous during Lollipop, which was delivered way too fast but the band settled down with their cover of Umbrella which I think sealed the deal for them. 

A good night of Singapore music included guest bands Ivy’s Vendetta, Jack and Rai, West Grand, Plainsunset and Electrico. 

Congrats again to King Kong Jane.

… still there’s more …

IF IT WASN’T FOR YOU

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May 282008
 

 

Even on a Tuesday night, Timbre @ Substation was crowded with punters. What the packed crowd caught was King Kong Jane delivering a powerful half-hour set as part of this year’s Singapore Arts Festival. King Kong Jane is that rare Singapore band that manages to do a good job combining the best of two worlds – mainstream and indie rock.

Unfortunately, in the context of the Singapore music scene, that very strength may pose a little dilemma. Too indie for the mainstream scene and too mainstream for the indie scene. But I firmly believe that this problem is not fatal and with the right development of its song-craft and more crucially the right exposure, King Kong Jane could go far both home and abroad.

The sound last night was a tad muddied and on certain songs like the enigmatic If It Wasn’t For You, the tempo was slightly too fast for vocalist Colin Lim. That said, the set which also included a feisty cover of Umbrella showcased King Kong Jane’s potential to bridge the divide between indie and mainstream. Check out the band’s blog and myspace for more information.

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BALLYHOO!!!

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May 172008
 

VARIOUS ARTISTS Ballyhoo!!! (Music For Good/Aging Youth)

Just in case you’re wondering, the Ballyhoo is the poor fish being gobbled up by the pelican (?) on the cover so I hope that’s not a metaphor about the S-ROCK scene. Hmm.

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