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Khan meld hazy psychedelia and heavy stoner riffs with a penchant for progressive rhythms and almost dirge-like, industrial-scale crescendos. The songs are lyrically evocative, exuding a sense of despondency and melancholy. Vocally, their songs waver from ethereal falsetto and hypnotic crooning to impassioned wailing punctuated by occasional guttural screams.
They first came into being in 2016, when three friends took up a joint residency on the outskirts of Melbourne. From there it wasn’t long before they released their ‘On Silent Space’ EP, which was in essence a brief, alt-rock journey, tinged with psychedelic nuances, perhaps giving us a glimpse of things to come. Their debut album ‘Vale’ followed in 2018. In contrast to ‘On Silent Space’, ‘Vale’ was a far grander and more expansive project that permitted the band to explore many of the outer reaches of heavy psychedelia and progressive rock, which created waves that reverberated through the underground around the world. The ripples were felt by the organizers of Progfest who invited the band to perform at the 2019 festival in Melbourne alongside The Ocean (GER), Monuments (UK) and Skyharbor (IND).
In what promised to be a particularly big year, 2020 began with performances supporting Yawning Man (USA) and Beastwars (NZ) plus the announcement of Khan’s first international tour in Europe. While the pandemic crushed any hopes of the tour going ahead, it also paved the way for the unplanned release of their second album 'Monsoons', a fully instrumental odyssey delving into jam-based and post rock experimentation. The ongoing lockdowns also led to the unexpected opportunity to headline the virtual edition of Indian festival Strawberry Fields XXIV.
As soon as the world began to open up again in 2022, Khan quickly launched into their much-anticipated 22 - date tour of Australia, Europe and the UK, which included performances at Esbjerg Fuzztival in Denmark with Truckfighters (SWE) and Kuba Open Air in Germany with Villagers of Ioannina City (GRC). Khan's third album 'Creatures' was released in February 2023 through Full Contact Safari Records. It is their heaviest, darkest and most dynamic album to date. Their Australian tour will include performances at Spliffs N Riffs festival in Perth, Sun Burn festival in Canberra and Nowhere Festival in Brisbane.
‘Vale’ (2018) reviews:
“There is something truly enchanting in the atmosphere of ‘Vale’ that caresses, bewitches and petrifies us” (El Coyote)
“The Melbourne-based progadelic psych-monster Khan dropped their debut full length last year, and it’s finally being pressed onto some delish wax. Their heavy stoner infused psych is highly dynamic, and the vast range of their sound easily moves from gloomy croons to scorching power riffs. The rythmic playfulness of the backline is full of nifty twists and turns, and the guitars moves from clean tremolo to fuzzed out bliss and beyond! The vocals is delivered in a most convincing way, and the arrangements hold enough tension to bring white knuckles throughout the 8 tracks clocking in at close to an hour. Just when you find time to draw some breath , they’ll pull you back into the vortex with full power! Mountain high, river deep..” (Sly Vinyl)
‘Monsoons’ (2020) reviews:
“In December of 2020, Khan have returned with Monsoons, a follow-up to their insane 2018 debut. Despite the band opting for going fully instrumental here, they yet again managed to showcase their precious skills in weaving complex soundscapes with emotion and careful pacing. This album is a deeply buried gem that once uncovered, holds on and doesn’t cease to amaze with each consecutive spin.” (More Fuzz)
“Melbourne post rock 3-piece Khan have been most known for combining glimmering psych haze and heavy stoned-out riffage, a consistently emotional tornado for their listeners. With Monsoons, their latest endeavor, the band shifted into a more post-rock instrumental trail. A significant detour from 2018’s Vale, it was a risky move…but a great move, especially with the band’s core skill set. Like any raging storm, there are ups and downs, calms and torrents, darks and lights. Khan, a mere three-member band, have birthed a thunderous shower of sound within 4 epic tracks. Josh Bills’ guitar can heal and destroy, transitioning from shimmering reverb to a growling menace while Mitchell Kerr and Beau Herrernan detonate bass bombs and drum assaults at the perfect moment, building and pouncing like crashing waves on your peaceful harbor. It’s a sound that lives and breathes…Khan’s best yet.” (Sly Vinyl)
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