King Khan & The Shrines
Hector's Pets, The Shakes
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125
Doors 8:00PM / Show 9:00PM
This event is 21 and over
King Khan & The Shrines
Imagine Roky Erickson backed by the Sun Ra Arkestra or Wilson Pickett and The Velvet Underground or picture the love child of Anubis and Kali. King Khan & The Shrines is more than a psychedelic soul band; they are a cult musical phenomenon with more than 10 years of international touring, multiple studio records and a fan base of fervent punk, soul, free jazz and garage rock heads.
King Khan, the spiritual guru and front man, cobbled together a fierce line-up of musicians while in Berlin in between reading Tarot cards and raising a family. What he ended up with in 1999 is one of the most entertaining groups the world has seen and heard since the days of Ike & Tina. The line-up includes Chicago-born, Ron Streeter (veteran percussionist for Curtis Mayfield, Stevie Wonder), a horn section consisting of trumpeter Simon Wojan (member of Kranky Records recording artists Cloudland Canyon), tenor sax man Torben Wesche (Germany’s John Coltrane), and famous French rockabilly baritone saxophonist Frederic Brissaud. The rhythm section of the Sensational Shrines has been called a German/French version of the Freak Brothers – Till Timm on guitar, organist Frederic Bourdil, Jens Redemann on bass and drummer Mirko Wenzl.
Their first album Three Hairs & You’re Mine was produced by Liam Watson, recorded in the legendary Toe Rag Studios in London and released in 2002. A second full-length, Mr. Supernatural, followed in 2004. King Khan & The Shrines soon became an all-star international movement. Numerous gigs followed all across Europe with The Black Lips, Enon, Demolition Doll Rods, Mr. Quintron and Ms. Pussycat, an after-party for 50 Cent in Norway. They headlined Toronto’s NXNE festival 2006 playing three nights in a row and even had a member of the Sun Ra Arkestra join their brass section.
In 2007, King Khan made the soundtrack and film score for Schwarze Schafe, a major motion picture in Germany. The soundtrack included music from The Black Lips, The Spits, Gris Gris, Quintron and other greats. They also had a song placed in the movie Chiko, produced by Academy Award Winner Fatih Akin.
King Khan then released What Is?!, receiving critical acclaim from all over the world. It landed at #33 on Pitchfork’s Top Albums of 2007, while their track “Welfare Bread” landed at #66 on Pitchfork’s Top 100 Songs of 2007.
Their greatest hits, aptly titled The Supreme Genius of King Khan & The Shrines, came out in 2008 and for the first time their music was widely available in the U.S. The entire psychedelic-soul big band then graced stages for the first time in North America, leaving behind them a colorful spell of amazement and wonder.
In the years since, King Khan & The Shrines have added several notable festivals to their resume, including Coachella, Sasquatch, Pitchfork, Bumbershoot, South By Southwest, FYF, Plissken, Bestival, and Sudoste. Their music has also been heard in popular TV programs (NBC’s Chuck,HBO’s Entourage, HBO’s Eastbound & Down), TV commercials (V8 juice, Mother Energy Drink), and video games (Saints Row).
In 2012, King Khan & The Shrines released the song and video for “Bite My Tongue,” a sweat-drenched, ass shaking, groovy psyched out number, complete with rip roaring horn lines, southern fried guitar riffs and lysergic melodies. They are currently putting the finishing touches on a new full-length album due later this year.
the shakes are a soul punk foursome with gal/guy vocals. the shakes formed at purchase college. after graduating, they all moved to philadelphia together. 3/4 still reside in philly after their release of their first full length in 2009, they have now released their first 7 inch on shithawk records entitled: full house(come over)/no one likes my baby
they are influenced by a wide range of musicians from etta james and little richard to the sonics and thin lizzy. from all of this they have created a style all their own by combining their love of soul, rock and roll, and punk.
christina halladay -belting, whiskey bottle
sam richer-crooning, keys
pat lamothe -making stupid faces, bass guitar
and james blinstrub-drums, diva antics
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