New Orleans garage rocker, King Louie Bankston’s origins go back to 1993, when Goner Records released King Louie The 69th & Harahan Crack Combo’s “Jailbait/Little Girl” 7 inch. He quickly formed several other raucous acts including The Persuaders and a group with Jay Reatard called the Bad Times. Then in 2000, Bankston left his second wife, sold his house, broke up his bands — not necessarily in that order — and moved to Portland. And in some strange turn that sounds like the first draft of “Adventureland,” Bankston hooked up with some kids while working as a Ferris wheel operator at a theme park, and started a band with them. The Exploding Hearts were short lived however, shortly after the release of their critically acclaimed debut, three of them were killed in a car accident.
King Louie’s Missing Monuments marks Bankston’s return to recording after the tragic end of The Exploding Hearts. He’s been off the scene a while but has had no shortage of influence on the likes of Reatard, King Khan and the Black Lips. “King Louie has always been a major influence on the Black Lips, from his One Man Band to his brilliant songwriting in the Exploding Hearts,” the Black Lips’ Cole Alexander testified. “When we were young and needed someone to look up to, he was one of the only ones out there.”
Now King Louie says, “Its all about good clean fun!” His new record “Painted White” is out now on Douchemaster Records. Dig this power jangle from the record, “(It’s Like) XTC.”