12 Songs, 42 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The duo King Khan & BBQ Show make a strange brew: first of all, Mark Sultan (guitar, vocals, drums and percussion) and King Khan (guitar, vocals) sound like four guys confused about what decade it is, and having a wicked fun time trying to sort it all out. Secondly, Khan is also known for his King Khan & The Shrines band, an outrageous, high-energy, garage-punk band clearly rooted in the ‘60s. The vintage-rock flavors of BBQ Show, however, run from the ‘50s right up to the late ‘70s and the roots of American punk rock. Tracks like “Third Ave” ooze mid-century, doo-wop charm, and “I’ll Be Loving You” conjures the soulful heartache of singers like Sam Cooke. “Lonely Boy” blends the ‘60s with a shot of Ramones-style simplicity, while “Crystal Ball” is torn between ‘50s poodle-skirt rock and ‘60s R&B-tinged garage pop. Tambourines rattle and tease while guitars scrape bottom on the excellent garage greaser “Truth or Dare,” and the doo-wop-meets-Screamin’ Jay Hawkins exercise in obscenity that is “Tastebuds” is not suitable for carpooling with your boss. That caveat aside, Khan & Co. are again having a hell of a party, and you’re invited.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The duo King Khan & BBQ Show make a strange brew: first of all, Mark Sultan (guitar, vocals, drums and percussion) and King Khan (guitar, vocals) sound like four guys confused about what decade it is, and having a wicked fun time trying to sort it all out. Secondly, Khan is also known for his King Khan & The Shrines band, an outrageous, high-energy, garage-punk band clearly rooted in the ‘60s. The vintage-rock flavors of BBQ Show, however, run from the ‘50s right up to the late ‘70s and the roots of American punk rock. Tracks like “Third Ave” ooze mid-century, doo-wop charm, and “I’ll Be Loving You” conjures the soulful heartache of singers like Sam Cooke. “Lonely Boy” blends the ‘60s with a shot of Ramones-style simplicity, while “Crystal Ball” is torn between ‘50s poodle-skirt rock and ‘60s R&B-tinged garage pop. Tambourines rattle and tease while guitars scrape bottom on the excellent garage greaser “Truth or Dare,” and the doo-wop-meets-Screamin’ Jay Hawkins exercise in obscenity that is “Tastebuds” is not suitable for carpooling with your boss. That caveat aside, Khan & Co. are again having a hell of a party, and you’re invited.

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About The King Khan & BBQ Show

A Canadian garage rock duo tangentially based out of Montreal, Quebec, the King Khan & BBQ Show mix doo wop, punk, soul, and who knows what else into a loose, wild sound that is drenched in pure raw energy. The duo at the heart of things is Mark Sultan (BBQ) and Blacksnake (King Khan), both former bandmates in fellow Montreal band Spaceshits, which disbanded in 1999. Sultan started a new band (Les Sexareenos) before going solo in 2002, playing gigs as a one-man band under the name BBQ. Blacksnake, meanwhile, had formed King Khan & His Shrines, and the two former bandmates met up and began writing songs together at Blacksnake's home in Germany, venturing out to play the occasional show in Germany and Spain, with Blacksnake now billed as King Khan. A debut album by the duo, The King Khan & BBQ Show, was released in the United States on Goner Records and in Europe by Hazelwood Records in 2004. An international tour followed, with a second album, What's for Dinner?, appearing on In the Red Records in 2006. A third album, Invisible Girl, emerged three years later in 2009, also on In the Red. In 2010 the band was selected by Laurie Anderson and Lou Reed to play as part of their curated festival Vivid Live, taking place at the Sydney Opera House in Australia. Following the show, the band announced a break-up, but were working on music together again by 2011. A few scant releases and semi-regular touring made up the majority of the band's activity until the release of their fourth album, Bad News Boys, in early 2015. ~ Steve Leggett

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