King Khan & the Shrines Sign To Merge, New Album Due Out Later This Year

It’s been a LONG time since I’ve talked about these guys. I remember Khan put out a solo album back in 2011, but I don’t think I dug it that much. I even missed the King Kahn and the BBQ show at the Exit/In last year because I was too wrapped up in work and shit. Oh well. Out of all the bands Kahn has, King Khan & the Shrines is probably my favorite. Their songs have always just been tighter and clicked more for me. Today, the band announced that they are signing with Merge Records and that their Merge debut album will be out later this year. To mark the occasion, Khan himself had these words to say:

Rumors have been flying about me being taped to three swans and traveling the world. Well, it was a rough ride but someone had to do it. After being called the “Beetlejuice of rock ‘n roll,” I have decided to join forces with the underworld and in doing so have reached a new all time low. Hell hath no fury as a swan taped to a fat Indian man.

I have finally found my new family in Merge records and as always I would much rather work with southern folk than city slickers (fuck Bill Crystal and his plastic face). It is a pleasure working with folks who eat ribs while they cure buffalo meat and sell rekkids. If I get a fair shot on the plantation of Merge maybe i will save Brunhilda and show my Indian penis to the world. Tell Quentin Tarantino that he should have let DiCaprio show the world his junk too to make the movie balanced . . .

—King Khan

Dude’s a character. Anyways, I’m stoked to hear what the band’s been up to and hopefully we’ll get some shows announced here sooner than later. If you haven’t heard any of this band’s stuff, check out some tracks I dig from their last record below.

Outta Harm’s Way – King Khan & the Shrines

Torture – King Khan & the Shrines

One Response to “King Khan & the Shrines Sign To Merge, New Album Due Out Later This Year”
  1. antipod says:

    That is spectacularly good news. Saw them playing at the modestly sized Garage in London a few months back, and the Shrines have lost none of their magic (sadly no belly-dancer this time). New material? Bring it the f*** on I say!

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