King Khan & the Shrines — the band led by garage-rock oddball King Khan — have signed to Merge Records and will soon announce details of a new album and tour, according to the label. The prolific frontman hasn't released a record since 2011's Scion A/V Presents: The King Khan Experience, while King Khan & the Shrines last released an album (The Supreme Genius of King Khan and the Shrines) in 2008. The group currently has one live date scheduled for End of the Road Festival in North Dorset, United Kingdom, which takes place the weekend of August 30.
Here is King Khan's full statement regarding his signing with Merge:
Rumors have been flying about me being taped to three swans and traveling the world. Well, it was a rough ride but someone had to do it. After being called the “Beetlejuice of rock ‘n roll,” I have decided to join forces with the underworld and in doing so have reached a new all time low. Hell hath no fury as a swan taped to a fat Indian man.
I have finally found my new family in Merge records and as always I would much rather work with southern folk than city slickers (fuck Bill Crystal and his plastic face). It is a pleasure working with folks who eat ribs while they cure buffalo meat and sell rekkids. If I get a fair shot on the plantation of Merge maybe i will save Brunhilda and show my Indian penis to the world. Tell Quentin Tarantino that he should have let DiCaprio show the world his junk too to make the movie balanced...