I 1999 bestemte King Khan seg for å sette sammen det 8-personers sterke The Shrines. Det hyperseksuelle ensemblet sies å være det største fenomenet siden Melkeveien og har siden oppstarten livnæret verden med sin eksentriske og underholdende musikk som, etter eget utsagn, er det mest underholdende bandet siden Ike & Tina.
Tenk deg Roky Erickson (RIP) med Sun Ra Arkestra som backingband. Eller kanskje Wilson Pickett som orkesterleder for The Velvet Underground? Uansett hvordan du vil sette det hele sammen, så er King Khan & The Shrines en psykedelisk soul revue uten sidestykke som det er vanskelig å ikke la seg forføre av.
King Khan & The Shrines’ first album Three Hairs & You’re Mine was produced by Liam Watson, recorded in the legendary Toe Rag Studios in London and released on Voodoo Rhythm in 2002.
A second full-length, Mr. Supernatural, followed in 2004. Hundreds of gigs followed all across Europe, Australia and North America. They headlined Toronto’s NXNE festival 2006 playing three nights in a row and had Dave Davies, trombone player of the Sun Ra Arkestra join their brass section.
King Khan & The Shrines then released What Is?!, receiving critical acclaim from all over the world. It landed at #33 on Pitchfork’s Top Albums of 2007, while their track “Welfare Bread” landed at #66 on Pitchfork’s Top 100 Songs of 2007.
Their greatest hits, aptly titled «The Supreme Genius of King Khan & The Shrines»‘ came out in 2008 on Vice Records and for the first time their music was widely available in the U.S.
Since then King Khan & The Shrines have played at several notable festivals including ATP, Coachella, Sasquatch, Pitchfork and South By Southwest.