What is Squanky
Kong is the personal musical workings of James M.
House (sometimes known as Squankidonk/Squanky/Squank).
His role includes that of composer, producer, and
engineer. He writes all the music and lyrics, plays
bass & guitar, while also performing percussion,
synthesizers, and vocals on some compositions.
the name Squankidonk come from?
is believed to have originated from comic strips in
the south during the 30's-40's. Pronounced skwan'ke'dongk,
it was first used jokingly by James' father towards
someone else. Later picked up by his brother and then
friends it became acquainted with James around 15
years of age, as a nickname. Squanky or Squank, short
for Squankidonk, was a usual call-sign among friends
during his teenage years.
being asked through the years what it means, James
decided to define it as a person with passion and
attachment for musical creation. It is his belief
that musical creativity comes from a universal place.
So any passionate musician is really Squankidonk by
his definition. There is also a fictionalized myth
related to Squankidonk, created for entertainment
purposes, for Squank Entertainment.
has Squanky Kong been around?
first use as a name dates back to early 1994 when
a garage band Squankidonk was in had a gig for the
first time and needed a name. It is believed to have
been suggested by a friend, coming from an early generation
of video gamers. The first recordings officially using
the "Squanky Kong" name were copyrighted
in 1997, comprised of a 15min tape EP called "With'in
kind of music is it?
song takes on a different direction though commonly
falling in a handful of different but familiar genres
like modern rock, jazz fusion, blues/funk rock, etc.
It crosses many styles of rock including progressive,
metal, alternative, psychedelic, roots, jam, etc.
It comes from classical, jazz, funk, blues, reggae,
folk, and more. Influences include (in random order)
Frank Zappa, Duke Ellington, Pink Floyd, Tchaikovsky,
Primus, King Crimson, Faith No More, Jimi Hendrix,
Red Hot Chili Peppers, Count Basie, BB King, Parliment-Funkadelic,
Soundgarden, Mr. Bungle, Megadeth, Rush, Cream, Iron
Maiden, Beethoven, Mozart, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock,
Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Phish, Dave Matthew's
Band, and so much more. The music is about a multidimensional
expression from the straight rock songs to the far
out improvised fusion. Whether exploring the boundaries
of creativity or visiting a familiar place in a new
all the art and design work?
Various people have put their
talents toward the various art and design featured
with Squanky Kong.
Current credits include:
James M. House - Web Design
and Art Concept
Torturr - Artist - "SK Creature" (featured
on main webpage, "Under a Raven's Review"
cover, and merchanise)
Paul Carrick - Artist - "Under a Raven's Review"
album cover (also featured with merchandise)
Squanky Kong be like live?
of the release of the debut album "Under a Raven's
Review" there is not a touring band lineup. Though
efforts will be underway to gather backing to further
that horizon. Any people wanting to support such efforts
should join the mailing list.
A formed Squanky Kong band
would always have Squank playing guitars and six-string
bass. With another player switching with him on guitar
and bass. The lead vocalist will usually be whomever
is featured on the most current release. However,
the lineup is never dependent on vocals, the constant
being Squank's music and leadership combined with
his guitar and bass playing. Initially there will
likely be a 6-piece band featuring a vocalist, drummer,
guitarist, and keyboardist in addition two guitar/bass
players (one being Squank).
Squanky Kong Live will need to start by opening for
more established groups, performing festivals, smaller
shows, while working to build a stronger fan-base.
These early performances will consist of mostly the
various hybrid rock content of the studio music being
played. While the experimental side will only be seen
live in the form of a special song on occasion. This
is due primarily to the additional musicians needed
for the larger arrangements (horns, percussion, etc.),
a bit much for the developing band. However, it is
also due to the difficulty in effectively delivering
diverse content to Squanky Kong standards within smaller
time-slots given to new bands.
A future of
successful growth for Squanky Kong will not only bring
much more lush studio albums, but a monstrous touring
production. Such future Squanky Kong Live would probably
consist of three sets of music, a middle set being
dedicated to the experimental side with additional
musicians appearing just for it. This approach allows
the acustom SK hybrid rock sets to open and close
the concert. Meanwhile those less attached to the
experimental side can treat it as an intermission.
Combined with mesmerizing lights and fantastic visual
accompaniment you can bet that a Squanky Kong concert
of the future would be a something to remember.
What is the
mailing list for? Is my infomation kept private?
mailing list consists mainly of an email address and
zipcode/country. The zipcode/country is used primarily
to understand where the fans are located in general.
This helps to know where any potential tours and other
things should be focused. While the email address
is used to send out ocassional notices. Squanky Kong
notices will be very few. You will be notified of
a new music release or a touring coming up. There might
be a notice of new "exclusive" content available
As with most bands
and artists, mailing lists are very important because
they are used to demonstrate the size of a fan-base
in many cases. For up and coming artists such as Squanky
Kong, it is even more critical, helping to get shows
Squanky Kong maintains
a private mailing list controlled by the record label
Squank Entertainment. At no time will your email address
be sold, or given away.