How an Instrumental Trio Became One of Houston’s Most Popular Rock Bands

How an Instrumental Trio Became One of Houston’s Most Popular Rock Bands

khraungbin texas psychedeliaMark Speer never thought his band, Khruangbin, would have the chance to back Wu-Tang Clan at a big festival, or have the likes of hip-hop stalwarts Jay-Z and Jay Electronica rapping over their music. In fact, Speer says, the Houston instrumental trio was initially going to play only one show, opening for Robert Ellis at the now defunct local venue Fitzgerald’s in 2011. “We had disguises,” Speer says of the mod wigs that he and bassist Laura Lee Ochoa still don when they’re onstage. “And we had no aspirations for touring.” The band—composed of guitarist Speer, drummer Donald Ray “DJ” Johnson Jr., and Ochoa—made some DIY stickers and a three-song cassette, and played to an unenthused audience mostly there to see the Americana headliner.  While…View Original Post

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