L.A. Unheard: Hanni El Khatib revisits the garage
Editor's note: Every week, our colleagues at Brand X’s L.A. Unheard column unearth one of L.A.’s best undiscovered acts.
The band: Hanni El Khatib, a pair of recent Bay Area transplants, led by the eponymous Hanni.
The sound: Drawing from a deep pool of influences, El Khatib is a rock 'n' roll time traveler, incorporating '50s doo-wop vibes with harder-edged blues and garage sounds. El Khatib's voice is like woodsmoke or bourbon, acrid yet sweet, as timeless as jeans and a T-shirt.
Riffing on a '60s Silvertone, like many of his garage-rocking predecessors, El Khatib moves easily from big blues leads to doo-wop melodies. With talented drummer (and longtime friend) Nicky Yaryan backing him up, El Khatib is versatile enough to make a classic sound fresh again.
The details: Hanni El Khatib will join White Arrows for a Boobs4Food benefit show at Mountain Bar at 9:30 p.m. Thursday. The band has two 7-inch singles -- “Dead Wrong” and “Build. Destroy. Rebuild.” -- out on the label Innovative Leisure, and will be releasing a full-length album this summer.
The rest: Head over to Brand X to download "Dead Wrong."
-- Daniel Siegal
Photo: Retro rocker Hanni El Khatib. Credit: Dustin Askland