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A Double Shot of Kula Shaker at Rough Trade NYC

September 28th, 2016

“By reviving the swirling, guitar-heavy sounds of late-’60s psychedelia and infusing it with George Harrison’s Indian mysticism and spirituality, Kula Shaker became one of the most popular British bands of the immediate post-Brit-pop era,” according to AllMusic. The group—Crispian Mills (vocals and guitar), Alonza Bevan (bass and vocals), Paul Winterhart (drums) and Harry Broadbent (keys)—formed in London more than two decades ago. Their first album, K, came out in 1996. “Kula Shaker don’t merely take you back 20 years on this confident debut,” wrote Entertainment Weekly, “they rejuvenate that period by mixing sitar and Sanskrit chants with wa-wa guitar and Hammond organ.” They released one more album before breaking up in 1999. But you can’t keep a good band down, and so Kula Shaker (above, performing “2 Styx”) returned to recording and touring in 2004, and earlier this year, they released a companion album to their 1996 debut, K 2.0 (stream it below), which AllMusic called “the rare sequel that trumps the original.” And 17 years after their last visit to the United States, the band returns this week. See them tomorrow and Friday (which is sold out) at Rough Trade NYC.