BAND OF THE WEEK: Khann

Khann

Every week at Orlando Music News, the site highlights a local band. A good local band. This week, the ever-evolving heaviness of Khann.

Khann releases their second album, Erode, on Tuesday, June 7 and will be playing a show on Thursday, June 9 at Hoops as a two-piece, along with Shitstorm, Abuse, No Qualms, and Knife Hits. 

Just the facts:

When formed:

2007

Band members’ names & instruments:

  • Andrew LaCour – guitar/vocals
  • Josh Dulcie – drums
  • Jake Smith – guitar
  • Zach Bailey – bass
  • Ben Rudolph – vocals

Any band members currently/formerly in other projects?

  • Andrew : Mr. Pussy
  • Ben: Great Decievers, Time to Die, Knife Hits
  • Josh: Great Decievers, Basements of Florida, Make or Break
  • Jake: Republicorpse, No Qualms, LARF
  • Zach: Republicorpse, No Qualms

Currently available releases:

Tofutopia

Erode

Website:

Facebook

Describe your sound:

Intense-fluctuating-ethereal- abrasive-ambient-focused-devastation

Upcoming Shows:

  • June 9th (special presentation of the first album as a two-piece) at hoops downtown
  • CD release show June 20th Will’s Pub 10pm (free keg and low dough deals!)
  • A tour down from Best Friends Day Richmond VA in August.

Five Questions:

1) What has been your most memorable show so far?

A few years back we had a show fall through in Atlanta Georgia, and Atlanta shows have always been slim pickings. So we show up to the venue and see a flyer for the hardcore band “Modern Life is War” playing a show the next day on they’re farewell tour. I got on the phone and contacted them about playing and they were into it. We arrived the next day to find the previously deserted venue absolutely packed. The promoter was totally not into it at first, and I sides-wiped a truck with the van in front of a few hundred people. After what seemed like an impossible endeavor, eventually the promoter gave us a set time and we started unpacking. Turns out we were to play right before MLIW. So as the totally unknown band, we stepped up and it confused the shit out of the whole crowd. We started playing and the whole place went up like wildfire. At the end of the set, one of the 400 flailing kids knocked out the lights right before our last song, but they refused to let us get off stage until we finished. So somebody snuck around to fix the lighting situation and we tore it up one last time. It was an unreal experience.

2) Which local band is your favorite one to play a show with?

I’d have to say No Qualms. We share members but completely differ in styles. So it’s diverse and always a party.

3) What description gets used for your band that you would most like to correct people on? Why?

Metal. We are certainly heavy, and certainly influenced by metal but it’s a very small part of what we do. It’s an absolute rule for each of us to constantly be pushing boundaries with our music, and that’s what we want to be known for, not a generalized stagnant style of music that repeats itself in cycles every 10 years.

4) What’s your favorite thing about being an Orlando band? What’s your least favorite?

Definitely our circle of friends that have formed bands. Between Great Deceivers, Basements of Florida, Republicorpse, No Qualms, and ourselves I think we’ve created a beast of a collective. We all help each other out, and given the diversity, it has forced an overlapping in the differing scenes of people that go to shows in Orlando. The biggest obstacle about Orlando, and it’s definitely a trend, is that it’s tough to grow outside of the city. It seems like great things happen here and often fizzle out in the same right. I know for a fact that we’ve all been inspired by our angst toward Orlando to get to this point with our music, however, so it’s kind of paradoxical.

5) Any big news to share?

Our album comes out June 7th on Blackmarket Activities/Good Fight Management. You can find it through iTunes or our label’s website www.blackmarketactivities.com. We put a lot into it, so check it out. We have a split with the band Capsule planned for the end of the year as well. Our band contact is volcaniclungs@gmail.com for any other info. Otherwise we’ll see you at the release party on June 20th @ Will’s Pub!!

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