Fireside Chat

Khruangbin

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60 minsFirst aired 27 Mar 2018Restream Today at 9:00am EST as part of Now Entering Texas
Mary Kang

A Texan trio with a psychedelic take on Southeast Asian and Middle Eastern funk and surf rock — Laura Lee and Mark Speer share their story.

Bassist Laura Lee, guitarist Mark Speer and drummer Donald Johnson are Khruangbin, a three-piece band from Houston, Texas. Influenced by 1960s and ’70s Thai funk cassette tapes, Khruangbin’s music (their name translates to “airplane” or “engine fly” in Thai) is steeped in bass-heavy psychedelics, surf rock and Tarantino-esque film soundtracks, with fuzzy wah-wah guitar, horn blasts and tonal melodies from the Thai folk tradition. Along with several singles and EPs, the trio has released two full-length albums, 2015’s The Universe Smiles Upon You and 2018’s Con Todo El Mundo, both on the Night Time Stories Ltd. label; the latter record broadened their sound even further with elements of Caribbean, Indian and Middle Eastern music.

Credits:

Interview by Mark “Frosty” McNeill
Written and engineered by Tobias Jansen
Produced by Carmen Hofmann

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