King Khan & the Shrines

King Khan & the Shrines

It has been a lengthy hiatus, but we have finally finished our latest "masterpiece" and named it after an incredible indigenous-rights movement that is happening right now called Idle No More.

I was born and raised in Montreal and spent a lot of time on the Kahnawake Mohawk Indian reservation. Much of my juvenile delinquent training came from years of tripping out there with my best friends.

I began the Shrines in 1999 with the blessings from my brothers in The Spaceshits, right after we disbanded. The dream was to make something reminiscent of Sun Ra, James Brown, and Otis Redding with a hint of The Velvet Underground, Love, The Monks and about a million other influences that riddled my LSD-soaked brain at the tender age of 22.

The Shrines was my pirate ship and we sailed many a turbulent sea, spreading our music "like peanut butter" all over the world. We celebrated our cult "underground" status and became the kings we are through word of mouth and by making an "aural eyegasm" that has often been called the "wildest show on earth."

Idle No More is probably the most refined piece of music we have made to date. The songs are about the state of the world we live in today.

"Born to Die" is an apocalyptic ode to the heinous war machine that to this day ruins our lives.

"Bite My Tongue" is about the unsung heroes who are forced to live in utter poverty but who have made all the revolutions possible and are being silenced as you read this. Look up "The Invaders" from Memphis and you will see what I am talking about.

"Thorn in Her Pride" is a girl-power anthem and a celebration of the goddesses who help raise the children of the revolution.

"Luckiest Man" is about me and how lucky I was to receive the proper mental care I needed during a very steep and lengthy plummet into madness.

"Better Luck Next Time" is velvety pop to soothe the ears.

"Darkness" is about the ugly beasts that must be tamed inside of us all. It was also my attempt to do something as real as Nina Simone.

"Pray for Lil" is an ode to my wife, who continually saves my life and makes me a complete human being, human doing, and human going.

"Bad Boy" is a requiem for Bobby Ubangi, who was and still is Atlanta's Finest.

"So Wild" is a double requiem for two other Jays I have lost over the last few years, Jay Reatard and Jay "Berserker" Montour. RIP.

"Yes I Can't" is a little ironic number named after Obama's attempt at changing the police state.

"I Got Made" is a Joe Pesci trip heavily inspired by the Cosa Nostra.

And last, but not least, is "Of Madness I Dream," a mirror image of what is happening to the world as we speak.

Originally, I was going to call the album Of Madness I Dream, but then I became very enthused about the amazing work of the Idle No More movement. Everyone I asked had never heard of it, so I contacted the leaders of the movement and, with their permission, decided to rename the album Idle No More in hopes that it would increase the world's awareness of this miracle that is taking place for the indigenous peoples of the world. If you are not familiar with Idle No More, look it up and GET INVOLVED!

It took a long time to make, but we are very proud and pleased to bring you this album. I hope that the future will brighten up every time it is played. Ultimately, John and Yoko were absolutely right: LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED!

Peace and Love,

King Bama Lama Khan Emperor of RnB

Hellshovel, originally a song on a Demon’s Claws single released in 2004 on Perpetrator Records, later became a recording project. Started by Jeff Clarke of Demons Claws and Dox Grillo of Chocolat and Red Mass, its intentions was to make instrumental soundtrack music and soundscape performance.

Shortly after this inception Hellshovel quickly formed into a proper four-piece outfit. Using Montreal Canada as the stepping stone, then Europe as a base for both recording and touring, the band quickly discovered the limitless material they can produce and at the same time developing a growing audience. They released several singles on several record labels and a few EP's, and then Montreal gave the opportunity to record a full length LP
(“Hated By The Sun” Slovenly Recordings 702-116) with the renowned Bloodshot Bill on drums. This first official full length has given them much positive press and has captured the reaction
of artist booking companies.

These recordings and travels have let them have the chance to work with many other predominate musicians in their genre. These include King Khan and The Shrines’ drummer Mirko Wenzel, KIng Khan himself, Bloodshot Bill, and Acid Baby Jesus.

Present members Jeff, Dox, and currently Simon Letourneau on bass and Omri Gondor on drums, are now working on another EP and their second LP.

Black Zinfandel

A new gang playing songs about things you should never do. Undecided about what sort of "core" we are.

Band Interests
Psychedelic minature golf, oversleeping, shopping trips, permatrips, loitering, mood lighting, salvia, doom slings, being dreamy, practicing at noon, inventing "crack chords."

Artists We Also Like
The Pity Shits, Chylde Support, Bobby Hotdog, Lady Foot Locker, Tenderloin, Road Head, Night Yoga

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