Tuesday, February 24, 2009

King Khan & the Shrines/The King Khan & BBQ Show

They've been around since 2002 and some of you readers already know, so shut yo mouth and here we go. From Spin Magazine's February 2009 issue:

Arish "King" Khan and Mark "BBQ" Sultan met in their native Montreal and played in the short-lived punk band the Spaceshits. After parting ways (Khan moved to Germany and formed the 11-piece soul review the Shrines, whose The Supreme Genius of King Khan and the Shrines came out last year; Sultan fronted Les Sexareenos and released solo records as BBQ), they reconnected in 2003 and have made time for madcap and debauched world tours ever since.

The material for their yet-to-be titled new album, which follows 2005's The King Khan & BBQ Show and 2006's What's for Dinner?, was recorded in Montreal, Berlin, and Brooklyn over the second half of 2008 and should be out soon. Its ass-shaking Chuck Berry riffs, doo-wop vocals (Khan specializes in gravelly screamers, while Sultan soulfully belts bay-ay-ay-behs), and raunchy sing-along lyrics don't so much reinterpret as channel the charged energies of vintage '50s- and '60s-style rock. "We carry on a tradition, but we do it in the right way," says Khan. "Not this cheesy, purist, look-like-a-certain-time-period kind of thing. And we're sexualizing it a lot." King Khan and the Shrines - "Took My Lady to Dinner" and King Khan & BBQ Show - "Too Much in Love" have been added to the playlist.

King Khan and the Shrines nearby tour dates include: March 13-Exit Inn-Nashville, March 14-Hi-Tone-Memphis, March 15-One Eyed Jack's-New Orleans. Look for The King Khan & BBQ Show to add some tour dates later on.