King Khan & The Shrines (DE)
Saturday 28.7.2018 @ Helsinki, Hori Smoku Summer Boogaloo
King Khan, Aquarius and founder of the greatest cult phenomenon since the
parting of the Milky Way, assembles the 8-piece band called The Shrines.
Together they begin spreading their hypersexual gospel around the world,
stunning Krauts and becoming notorious for being one of the most entertaining
groups since the days of Ike & Tina.
their ceremonial duds, King Khan and the Shrines, are more than just a
psychedelic soul revue, imagine Roky Erickson backed by the Sun Ra Arkestra or
Wilson Pickett leading The Velvet Underground, wearing a golden cape that wraps
around the world, a Bollywood James Brown reading his self-made tarot cards
(WHO DOES THAT!?).
As the love
child of Anubis and Kali, King Khan & The Shrines have pillaged countless
stages around the world and are known to frequently drive audiences into a
sweaty orgy. If musical salvation is what you need, if your soul is searching
for true absolution, look no further….
Khan & The Shrines come into your mind, body and soul to heal your every
& The Shrines’ first album Three Hairs & You’re Mine was produced by
Liam Watson, recorded in the legendary Toe Rag Studios in London and released
on Voodoo Rhythm in 2002.
full-length, Mr. Supernatural, followed in 2004. Hundreds of gigs followed all
across Europe, Australia and North America. They headlined Toronto’s NXNE
festival 2006 playing three nights in a row and had Dave Davies, trombone
player of the Sun Ra Arkestra join their brass section.
& The Shrines 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.
greatest hits, aptly titled “The Supreme Genius of King Khan & The
Shrines”‘ came out in 2008 on Vice Records and for the first time their music
was widely available in the U.S.
King Khan & The Shrines have played at several notable festivals including
ATP, Coachella, Sasquatch, Pitchfork and South By Southwest.
King Khan was invited by Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson to perform at the Sydney
Opera House as a part of the Vivid festival in 2010.
King Khan & The Shrines joined North American cult indie label Merge
Records who released the groups 4th album called Idle No More.
„Darkness“, which, as King Khan says, is about the “ugly beasts that must be
tamed inside of us all” and also his “attempt to do something as real as Nina
Simone”, was premiered by none less than the New York Times.
Idle No More Khan had a vision to create a deck of tarot cards that celebrates
black power. He recruited Belfast artist Michael Eaton (Game of Thrones) and
together they created the Black Power Tarot deck, under the supervision of
surrealistic film maker Alejandro Jodorowsky thus fulfilling Khan’s long time
dream of becoming one of Jodo’s “spiritual warriors”.
and legends that surround the band and its charismatic leader are wild and
often hilarious. If true or not, one thing is for sure:
is that fiery arrow shot into the night sky which no one knows how high or far
it will travel, however we do know that as that fiery arrow streaks across the
heavens, along the way its flames will light up dark places.” -John B. Smith
founder of Memphis activist group The Invaders.