Funky psychedelia from music’s outer limits
Inspired by ’60s Thai funk, Tarantino soundtracks and surf-rock cool, Texan three-piece Khruangbin have summoned forth a sound quite unlike anything on the musical landscape: a hypnotic mix of funk, soul and psychedelic rock that also embraces Latin Pop, jazz, Iranian music, dub reggae and touches of West African rhythm. It’s a sound that’s taken them around the world to sellout audiences and garnered critical acclaim, and it’s about to captivate the Concert Hall as the band makes its long-awaited Sydney Opera House debut as part of their First Class Tour.
Formed in Houston in 2009, the three-piece – bassist Laura Lee Ochoa, guitar wizard Mark Speer and drummer Donald “DJ” Johnson Jr. – took their name from the Thai word for ‘airplane’, and pretty soon they were taking off into musical orbit. Boosted by their breakout track 'A Calf Born in Winter', Khruangbin opened for the likes of Father John Misty and Massive Attack, played to sold-out festival crowds and scored critical raves for their sophomore album, 2018’s Con Todo el Mundo. Texas Sun, a smash collaboration with fellow local hero (and future Sydney Opera House debutant) Leon Bridges, followed in 2020, ahead of the band’s hit third record, Mordechai (2020), and its wildly eclectic 2021 remix album. Khruangbin and Bridges recently reunited for a follow-up collaboration, Texas Moon (2022), teased by the sultry and sensual single, 'Chocolate Hills'.
Don’t miss this chance to experience one of music’s most original bands as they push their sound into thrilling new shapes.
Sydney Opera House Presents