Fronted by Berlin-dweller Arish "King" Khan, King Khan and the Shrines is a group of '60s garage rock revivalists, soul-junkies and dirty punks. Often compared to acts like Screamin' Jay Hawkins or Sun Ra, the Shrines is comprised of "Bamboorella, Gogo Queen of the Underworld; Ben Ra, space sax; Big Fred Roller Coaster, big sax, Till Timm, T'n'T; Fredovitch, orgasm; Riddiman, bass; John Boy Adonis, skins; Ron Streeter, percussions; Simon Wojan, trumpet and guitar; and last but not least Hondo Swilley, gay blade." Whew.
In 1999, Khan formed the Kukamonga Death Cult, which consists of members of his old band The Spaceshits and Toronto's the Deadly Snakes. The Kukamongas soon grew to include Vice labelmate Jared Swilley of the Black Lips, among others. In an interview with Pitchfork--after encouraging the Pitchfork Music Festival audience to set thousands of dollar bills on fire during the song "Welfare Bread"--Khan explained the Kukamongas in the following way:
"That's the secret of the whole Kukamonga Death Cult: I dress up like a homeless person wherever I tour, because it's anti-sexual. When I tour, I'm neither homosexual or heterosexual--I'm hobo-sexual. So that basically opens yourself up to anything at all--you could have sex with a piece of cheese and it would be totally natural."
Get it? Us neither. But if you want to participate in what promises to be a sweaty rock-n-roll throwdown with plenty of larger-than-life stage antics, then don't miss this show.