REVIEW: King Khan and the Shrines – What Is?! (Vice)

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King Khan and the Shrines - What Is?! (Vice)

King Khan and the Shrines more or less started when King Khan (on tour with former band The Spaceshits) toured through Germany and ended up settling down there. This album was the King Khan and the Shrines’ debut on Hazelwood Records, and is now getting the re-release treatment on Vice. This is 60s-style soul-infused garage-rock with plenty of horns and wailing – think equal parts James Brown, The Black Lips, The Stooges, and Yo La Tengo. The live show is prodigously over-the-top, and there is plenty of ostentatiousness evident here. Lyrics are snarky, drums are bombastic, and the passion is evident.

-Fleet Admiral Zipper

2 Responses to “REVIEW: King Khan and the Shrines – What Is?! (Vice)”

  1. April 20, 2009 at 9:03 pm #

    I was thisclose to seeing them live with the black lips this summer, pretty excited to hear this record!

  2. June 17, 2009 at 12:01 am #

    saw them at the echo back on may 29th shit was INTENSE

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