European-Based Band Have Released New Record
While 1960s-era garage rock remains a beloved touchstone to many in the underground-rock world, there are very few contemporary takes on the form that even come close to besting the originals.
That’s what makes King Khan & the Shrines’ song, “Better Luck Next Time,” so wonderful. Few songs are a more perfect distillation of all the sonic ingredients that garage bands like the Them or the Yardbirds or Love toyed with back in the day. “Better Luck Next Time” is a tour de force packed into a little more than 3 minutes.
The song is tightly arranged, features equal pairings of guitar frenzy and twinkling keyboard accents and a hooky chorus. Doo-wop vocals, horn blasts, string outro and excellent echo-y guitar breakdown give added character to a song that always ends too quickly.
It seems made-to-order for a Wes Anderson movie. The track is prominently featured on the group’s album, “Idle No More,” which was released by indie-rock haven Merge Records last month.
The band is currently on a North American tour and slated to play in Madison on Oct. 22.
Note: David’s music column, Soundbytes, appears on Wisconsin Public Radio’s website. This column was originally published there.
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