KONG started out in 1988 as a side project for Amsterdam-based musicians Dirk de Vries (guitar, samples), Mark Drillich (bass), and Rob Smits (drums), who were soon joined by Aldo Sprenger (guitar). Their debut album “Mute Poet Vocalizer” (1990) and it's successor “Phlegm” (1992) were released on the notorious English label Peaceville Records. A music video was shot for the song “Stockhouse”, and the band regularly toured Europe, presenting their unique quadraphonical live set-up to an ever-growing audience.
The third album “Push Comes To Shove”, released in 1994, marked the beginning of KONG's collaboration with producer Tom Holkenborg a.k.a. Junkie XL. Rob Smits and Aldo Sprenger left KONG after the recording sessions and were succeeded by drummer Rob Snijders and guitarist Marieke Verdonk, who debuted with KONG during the tour for “Push Comes To Shove”. The band turned to Roadrunner Records for the release of their fourth album “Earmined” (1997). After touring for “Earmined” came to a halt, Rob Snijders left KONG to join Celestial Season. To record 1999's “Freakcontrol” album, both founding member Rob Smits and new drummer Klaas Broekema played drums on a handful of songs.
In 2000, after touring in support of “Freakcontrol”, KONG took an open-ended sabbatical. In spite of the band (temporary) disbanding, Dreamtime/Peaceville Records did release the compilation album “88-95” in 2001.
Bassist and founding member Mark Drillich decided to revive KONG again in 2007. He was joined by guitarist Tijs Keverkamp and drummer Mandy Hopman, with guitarist David Kox completing the lineup in early 2008. This lineup recorded the albums “What It Seems Is What You Get” in 2009 and “Merchants Of Air” in 2012, and hit the international stages again with the quadraphonic setup that KONG had become known for during the 90’s.
In early 2013, KONG saw the first line up change since their revival when Mandy Hopman left. After playing a number of shows with Textures drummer Stef Broks, the band eventually settled on Oscar Alblas as their new permanent drummer and began working on new material. This resulted in the album “Stern”, which was released on September 19, 2014 on Kongenial Records.