Mark Sultan Sets Sights on Two New Solo Albums and the Return of King Khan & BBQ Show

> May 19 2011

Mark Sultan Sets Sights on Two New Solo Albums and the Return of King Khan & BBQ Show
By Josiah HughesCanadian doo-wop garage punk hero Mark Sultan had a busy year in 2010, releasing his excellent solo album $ and, sadly, seeing the temporary demise of his beloved King Khan & BBQ Show project after an onstage meltdown in Australia. Now, the group are back, and Sultan has also revealed a variety of other projects on the horizon, including two new solo albums this year.

Sultan's solo efforts are called Whatever I Want and Whenever I Want, and will both come out at some point this year, with the first expected for release in late August or early September.

Speaking with Exclaim!, Sultan revealed that the album titles are an exaggeration of what he truly believes, saying, "The names are just supposed to be snotty punk-inspired piss-take slogans. Just being a prick. Even though those lines really are my mantra, they are usually gussied up in less arrogant words."


Sultan went on to explain that the albums are part of 31 tracks recorded over the last year, some recorded in Venice, Italy, and others in Toronto. "They sound like most of my stuff," he says of the recordings. "Lots of rock'n'roll, psych, doo-wop... some punk, hardcore, garage shit... whatever I felt like doing. I mostly recorded and/or mixed, so I tried to have it sound purposefully timeless in terms of recording, for the most part."

Both Whatever I Want and Whenever I Want will be released via In the Red Records on vinyl, with a CD taking the best of each after that. The vinyl releases will also include download codes for the digital tracks on $, the release of which Sultan says "was handled horribly and which I now have back as my own."

While he doesn't get into details about what went wrong with Last Gang Records, who released the album last year, Sultan tells Exclaim!, "All I can say is that I was naive and made a mistake and should have followed my heart."

When he wasn't recording music for his solo material, Sultan took the time to reconvene with King Khan for a surprise King Khan & BBQ Show performance in Venice. As he explains on his blog, "We are both back to 'normal' and are brothers once more. Expect a new single this fall, I think."

Sultan clarified the circumstances of their reunion to Exclaim!, saying, "We were always kind of on hiatus. We just had to wait to get better. Both of us... We were both set to be in Venice at the Guilty Party Boat Cruise at the same time, and I had just stayed over at his place a few days in Berlin. We just talked about it for a second and thought it would be fun. So, in typical KKBBQ style, we didn't practise and just played a few songs at the end of my set. Complete chaos ensued."

Along with two new solo albums, Sultan is resurrecting his Sultan Records imprint with a solo single, a King Khan & BBQ Show/Black Lips split seven-inch and a release from Red Mass. On top of that, there's also chatter of a new album from Sultan side-projects the Ding Dongs and maybe even another release from the Almighty Defenders, the supergroup made up of the Black Lips and King Khan & BBQ Show.


All in all, it points to a hard-working musician who will be making vintage garage and punk music long after the current trends die out.

"I was never welcome into the 'fad' side of this music and have been doing this shit way before it was a fad," he tells Exclaim! "I don't care about that shit. In fact, I would rather not have crowded shows than have a bunch of knobs posing on the dance floor, sippin' a Zima, while I destroy my soul onstage. I have amassed a dedicated and loyal fanbase who understand where I am coming from and to whom my music means something. And as a musician, that is all I can ask for."

For now, Mark Sultan is gearing up to embark on a North American tour, including Canadian stops in Vancouver and Toronto. All dates are available below.

Tour dates:

6/14 Vancouver, BC - The Astoria

6/16 Portland, OR - East End

6/17 Los Angeles, CA - Blue Star

6/18 Mexicali, Mexico - Bambino's Bar

6/19 Tijuana, Mexico - Bar La Jiribilla

6/20 Calexico, CA - Rock The Border's Tiki Pool Party @ Holiday Inn Express

6/22 Atlanta, GA - The Earl

6/24 Brooklyn, NY - The Knitting Factory

6/25 Toronto, ON - The Garrison

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Ugh. Don't you find it a bit misleading TITLING your piece as though kkbbq have returned? Cuz I never said that we are touring or active. I said we played AN IMPROMPTU show and are recording a single. But I am glad this one tiny bit of my upcoming life could be the crux of your article. Figures. So thanks for that. If you are a fan and genuinely wanted an actual reunion to happen, this is the kind of exaggeration in the press that causes rifts between me and khan and will probably cancel out the band actually going forward. So kudos. And by the way, the split single with Black Lips is with king khan & THE SHRINES. Scoop!!!
Also, I never spoke about Almighty Defenders with you. And I also have a split coming out with Black Lips (on Hozac) and I don't know where you got that photo, but when you don't credit it, it may look like I passed it to you without. And that's not fair.
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I may be overreacting. If so, sorry.
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hey remember when bbq stormed off stage in Ottawa cuz people were talking? Pussy...
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I was on tour alone, and I don't remember anyone saying anything or stepping up while i STAYED ONSTAGE (never stormed off) and packed up, so that seems to leave you as the pussy. No? And, no, I'm not playing to a bunch of people who think they themselves are too cool for school. i didn't take my guarantee. you are ottawa. you may have a good scene and support each other - that's great - but people like you with your faceless commentary, or people like the white wires flippantly stating they wouldn't pay 5$ anywhere in the world to see me, while they play generic dreck that i did in my sleep 15 years ago, is pretty telling of a scene needing to show respect and grow up. or you will take that government job and shed your bullshit punk clothing and have NOBODY to visit and show you hipster losers he isn't taking your shit.
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King Khan and Big Bitching Queef
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I'd be more into this if it was King Khan or the Black Lips doing all the whining. Zzzzzzz...
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hard fkn lol at big bitching queef
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^^^ 'hipster losers' miss the point. News at 11.
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