With the fall of the big record label gatekeepers, there’s more music available than ever before – and fewer artists who reach a point where they’re on everyone’s radar. But Houston power trio Khruangbin may be an exception.
Khruangbin, whose name means “airplane” in Thai, has soared to new heights since takeoff over a decade ago. Three full-length albums, an Austin City Limits TV show debut and a shoutout from legendary bassist Flea are just some of the band’s bragging rights. The band has also collaborated on a new EP with Fort Worth’s Leon Bridges, which comes out in February. It’s a follow-up to their 2020 album “Texas Sun.”
Khruangbin’s Laura Lee on bass, Mark Speer on guitar, and Donald “DJ” Johnson on drums spoke with Texas Standard ahead of a string of year-end shows in Texas that culminates in a New Year’s Eve performance in their hometown of Houston.