King Khan & The Shrines
Who is this manic Master of Ceremonies who openly confesses to the two grand black bohemians said to be lunatic Sun Ra and George Clinton, and whose antics certainly remind us of a young Herman Sonny Blount and his Solar Arkestra?
King Khan & The Shrines have been spreading their love like peanut butter since 1999. A youngblood King Khan on his royal buddhistic journey decides to sow some wild oats in Germany, he finds true love and fulfills his life long dream of leading a super bad ass 10 piece soul inferno!!!!
“I didn’t just want the audience to have an aural orgasm. I wanted an EYEGASM too!!!” – King Khan
The line-up includes 60 year-old Chicago-born, Ron Streeter (the live-percussionist of Curtis Mayfield, Stevie Wonder, and many other Soul-Legends), a horn section consisting of Simon Wojan (the mastermind behind Kranky Records recording artists Cloudland Canyon), Ben Ra (Germany’s John Coltrane), and famous French rockabilly saxophonist Big Fred Rollercoaster. The rhythm section of the Sensational Shrines has been called a “German/French version of the Freak Brothers”.
Their first album Three Hairs & You’re Mine was produced by Liam Watson, recorded in the legendary Toe Rag Studios in London, England and released in 2002. A second full-length, Mr. Supernatural, followed in 2004. King Khan & the Shrines became an all-star international movement. Numerous gigs followed all across Europe with the Black Lips, Enon, Demolition Dollrods, Quintron and Miss Pussycat, an after-party for 50 Cent in Norway. They headlined Toronto’s NXNE festival in 2006 playing three nights in a row and even had a member of the Sun Ra Arkestra join their brass section.
In 2007 King Khan made the soundtrack and film score for Schwarze Schafe — a major motion picture in Germany. The soundtrack included music from The Black Lips, The Spits, Gris Gris, Quintron and more.
In 2007, King Khan also released What Is?! which received critical acclaim from all over the world, landing 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.