Fresh off the release of the greatest hits of their greatest hits ‘The Supreme Genius of King Khan and The Shrines’, we are excited to let you know that the 11-piece psychedelic-soul big-band explosion known as KING KHAN & THE SHRINES will be making their first trip to Australian this December. Recently announced for the Falls Festival, they are also bringing their anarchic, horn-bedecked, luchador-masked live act to headline sideshows in Melbourne and Sydney.
After tearing it up in Montreal while in the Spaceshits, and in between stints as the sexy half of the King Khan & BBQ Show, Khan moved to Germany where he and his Shrines have been spreading their love like peanut butter since 1999.
King Khan & the Shrines have been called everything from psychedelic food for the soul to James Brown worth funk-n-punk. Their live shows see Mr. Khan journey from leisure suited with a crawfish necklace to pared down with a glittery cape, gold chainmail veil and some very brief briefs, topped off by a Deutsche bräu belly. King Khan is a head-spinning dynamo of poly-sexual energy and The Shrines bring it, song after song – on a continuous cycle of sing, dance, sweat, repeat.
The line-up of this super bad ass 11 piece soul inferno includes 60 year-old Chicago-born, Ron Streeter (the live-percussionist of Curtis Mayfield, Stevie Wonder, and many other Soul- Legends), a horn section consisting of Simon Wojan (the mastermind behind Kranky Records recording artists “Cloudland Canyon”), Ben Ra Germany’s John Coltrane, and famous French rockabilly saxophonist Big Fred Rollercoaster. The rhythm section of the Senasational Shrines has been called “a German/French version of the Freak Brothers”.
Deutschland has seen a flurry of full-lengths, EPs, singles, and hard-to-find vinyl, and we in Australia recently saw the release of their greatest hits of his greatest hits from VICE Records – ‘Supreme Genius of King Khan & The Shrines’, the cream of a very creamy crop! King Khan’s earlier album ‘What Is?!’ was #33 on Pitchfork’s Top Albums of 2007 and received critical acclaim from all over the world. Their track “Welfare Bread” also made the #66 on Pitchfork’s Top 100 songs of 2007.
This debut Aussie trek from this wigged-out showman and his merry 10-piece garage soul revue will be one of the absolute pleasures of the summery season. All tour info below.
DING DONG LOUNGE
18 Market Lane, Melbourne
Tickets from Oztix Online, 1300 762 545, and all OzTix Retail Outlets.
Presented by RRR + Beat Magazine
OXFORD ART FACTORY
38-46 Oxford St, Darlinghurst
Tickets from Moshtix Online, 1300 Get Tix (438 849), on your mobile via Moshtix Mobi and all Moshtix outlets.
Presented by Drum Media
Also appearing at:
FALLS MUSIC FESTIVAL (Marion Bay, TAS and Lorne, VIC – both sold out)
SUNSET SOUNDS (Brisbane, QLD)
SOUTHBOUND FESTIVAL (Busselton, WA)