reppin: houston, tx // late night tales records // 2013 - present
sounds like: living in the jungle of thailand surrounded by egyptian imagery
latest album drop: con todo el mundo (jan 2018)
featuring: laura // mark // DJ
Once in awhile you come across a group that no matter how you break it down, they are just different and unique and sound like a flower blossoming into another baby flower who is having other babies. Back in 2010, Mark and Laura hopped on a tour and started making some tunes together who were soon joined by DJ, the chill drummer who had played with Mark for years. This birthed “Engine Fly” which translates from English to Khruangbin, which is Thai. So, how did it all come to be? When you come across something this far out, you must look at the influences of these kids and what is most notable is the worldly feel. When they were out on the open road throwing some cassettes in the car, specks of Thai funk from the 60s fused with southeast Asian rock, funk and pop. Intertwine that with some dirty South vibes and you get this wonderful group.
Stepping into the first of two sold out shows at Lincoln Hall in the city of Chicago, you could feel the light and cheerful vibe of the audience. It soon suddenly got super focused and ready to drop jaws as they gracefully took the stage. Going right into their tunes, the twangy and flowy rock was spewing out of the amps, wrapping a soft and warm blanket around the crowd. My first thought was how sensual the sound and stage presence was..they were feeding off the crowd vibes as much as we were digging the music. They certainly let their instruments do the singing for most of the show as Laura stares you down while giving us heavy bass, DJ holds his chill composure and Mark lets his axe go wild. Their songs have a very interesting setup...it is almost like there are songs within songs giving you enough of one vibe until the pace and volume picks up and starts to blow you away. Solo chunk followed by solo chunk keeps you on your toes.
It is way fun seeing these kids live and not being able to help yourself bounce to the trippy beats. The buildups in their songs are fun and allow you to let loose. The sensual softness mixed with the psychedelic rock is such a great balance to keep your ears happy. Do yourself a favor and catch them when they are in your town and snag some tickets quick because it will sell out!