Fireside Chat


60 minsFirst aired 27 Mar 2018
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.


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

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