Just based on his videos, the Impound assumes Hanni El Khatib is a cross between Sailor Ripley from Wild At Heart (the glorious Barry Gifford novel more than the David Lynch film – no one really wants to be compared to Nicolas Cage anymore) and a new millenial rocker with DNA dating back to Big Boy Crudup and Muddy Waters. His songs and the images that accompany them are earthy and make us lick our lips and flare our nostrils. His world looks dangerous and jammed with kicks galore. We want to visit, though maybe just for a few days – we’re not as young as we used to be. Khatib’s debut album, Will the Guns Come Out (2011), is a cool piece of work, but our gut says that new tracks like “Family” mark an even stronger artist emerging. He keeps good company too. This clip directed by Nick Walker is like a swift, battering daydream Takashi Miike had after eating poorly cut fugu. Pick up the “Family” single here. And Hanni, you should consider Dirty Impound part of your extended family. We got your back, man.
Oh yeah, we never shared Khatib’s previous video. Here tis, a blunt jab worthy of The Cramps. Plus, “roach cock” is a heck of an addition to one’s lexicon. Winning!