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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