Drunken Foreigner Band is a Brooklyn-based ensemble that makes a sprawling electrified iteration of the Akha and Lam Lao musics of Thailand and Laos. The majority of the band’s music was learned from cassette tapes of the largely-vocal music traditions, gathered by keyboardist Dave Kadden on his trips to Southeast Asia. Comprising members of Sunwatchers, Invisible Circle and other experimental Brooklyn outfits.
“Drunken Foreigner Band plays a loud, electric interpretation of the Akha and Lam Lao music of Thailand and Laos. The band lives up to its name, both in its unrestrained energy and acknowledgement of the cultural remove between the U.S.-born members and the Southeast Asian source material. Neither educational nor exploitative, the reverence and enthusiasm go hand in hand.”—Brooklyn Rail