Khruangbin’s Mark Speer: “I was always into tones that I didn’t hear so much in Western music“

Mark Speer
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“A lot of folks just assume I’m a rock dude because I play guitar,” says Khruangbin’s Mark Speer. “But that’s not really where I come from.” 

Indeed it’s not. In fact, since debuting in 2014 with the hazy, exotica-tinged instrumental, A Calf Born in Winter, his band – which includes bassist Laura Lee and drummer Donald “DJ” Johnson – has made a name for itself as one of the foremost purveyors of, well… what style of music does Khruangbin play, exactly? 

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.