Sunday, 4 August 2013

Hanni El Khatib - Pay No Mind

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His new album 'Head In The Dirt' may not have had its UK release yet (it's set for September 2nd) but it is available on import for those who can't wait, and with the quality of the singles we've heard from him recently it sounds like a worthwhile investment. Hanni El Khatib had us momentarily fooled with this new video, as it appeared to be a recording of the crowd at a live performance. Which it was. However, after a few seconds the scene cuts from the exited fans to the studio version of the song in all its garage-rock splendour.

With The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach on production duties, the song is another high quality guitar-fest with sharp riffs, clattering drums and a good coating of rock 'n' roll melody over the top. With the standard of music Hanni El Khatib has been creating of late, along with friends in high places, it's a little surprising that he hasn't taken the garage world by storm just yet, but that could just be our view from here in the UK and that may change come release date. Judging by the amount of followers on his social media sites the US are already on the case, so it's us who are playing catch up..

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Catch him live:

Aug 08 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA
Sep 22 ELECTRIC OWL, Vancouver, Canada
Sep 24 The Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City, UT
Sep 27 Berkley Riverfront Park, Kansas City, MO
Sep 28 Plush St. Louis, St Louis, MO
Sep 30 High Noon Saloon, Madison, WI
Oct 04 Magic Stick, Detroit, MI
Oct 05 The Basement, Columbus, OH
Oct 06 Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto, Canada
Oct 07 La Sala Rossa, Montreal, Canada
Oct 09 Middle East, Cambridge, MA
Oct 10 The Barbary, Philadelphia, PA
Oct 11 Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY
Oct 12 Knitting Factory, Brooklyn, NY
Oct 13 Rock and Roll Hotel, Washington, DC
Oct 15 Mercy Lounge, Nashville, TN
Oct 16 The EARL, Atlanta, GA
Oct 18 The Parish, Austin, TX
Oct 19 House of Blues Houston, Houston, TX
Oct 20 House of Blues Dallas, Dallas, TX
Oct 22 The Rhythm Room, Phoenix, AZ
Oct 23 Casbah, San Diego, CA
Oct 24 The Glass House, Pomona, CA
Nov 13 Rock School Barbey, Bordeaux, France
Nov 14 Le Bikini, Ramonville Saint Agne, France
Nov 16 Espace Julien, Marseille, France
Nov 17 La Cooperative de Mai, Clermont Ferrand, France
Nov 19 La Vapeur, Dijon, France
Nov 20 La Laiterie, Strasbourg, France
Nov 21 Le Splendid, Lille, France
Nov 22 La Laiterie, Strasbourg, France
Nov 23 La Sirene, La Rochelle, France

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