Holy smokes, Hanni El Khatib is coming in for an in-store. All right, now that everyone who’s familiar with Hanni’s music is on the way to RSVP, let’s talk about why this is huge news. Hanni showed up on our radar when the pre-release of his debut album, Will The guns Come Out landed on our desk, and within the matter of days became a unanimous staff favorite, resulting in our first ever “don’t play this more than once per shift” rule. Seriously. Since then, Hanni has released two other albums, including Head in the Dirt, which was recorded with Dan Auerbach. While a fiery and electric live performer, Hanni plays much less frequently than we’d like to see him, making this live performance even more special.
Savage Times is the new album, and while with every release we’ve gotten to see a new color in Hanni’s impressive pallet, with Savage Times the goal was to reach into uncharted territory, including the addition of new instruments, approaching writing differently, embracing fresh ideas, and following new instincts. The result ranges from garage rock to punk to disco, hip-hop and even some unexpected solo-guitar self-portraiture.
We couldn’t be happier to be able to host this release day in-store for the unveiling of these new sides to Hanni El Khatib.
Here’s some press:
“This is catchy rock at its finest” – PIGEONS & PLANES
“Hanni El Khatib has been on an unreal creative streak lately” – NOISEY
“Sounds somewhat like a happy marriage between The Black Keys and Nirvana.” – INTERVIEW
“It’s like a maturation of Rae Sremmurd’s youthful hedonism wrapped in guitar strings and catchy grooves.” – Stereogum
Savage Times is released on Friday February 17th on CD and in a stunning 3×10” vinyl box set. The guest list for this event is open with pre-order of either, in person or on the phone at 562.433.4996. If space allows when we’re closer, we’ll open first come first served (with RSVP). Priority entry and an event poster for the folks who pre-order.