If you follow any of the cool bands that have ended up at Memphis, Tenn.'s Gonerfest—Thee Oh Sees, Guitar Wolf and New Bomb Turks—you might recognize the name King Louie Bankston. The prolific garage punk musician from Louisiana has opened the music festival the last few years. Since the early 1990s he's constantly been either launching or joining bands—including The Royal Pendletons and The Persuaders—landing him in the company of underground artists like Jack Oblivian and the late Jay Reatard.
Last year "King Louie" formed Missing Monu-ments, and realeased a 7" titled Black Rainbow. The two-song recording is sassy and cool, with just enough sloppiness.
The title track busts out with simple guitar strumming and King Louie's surly Johnny Thunders vocals with lines like, "Down the razor we would slide into a sea of formaldehyde." "Tailspin" is a fist-pumping anthem with a wily guitar solo. And in both songs, Louie's pop hooks and tonal warmth make him far less cynical than Thunders ever was.
King Louie's Missing Monuments plays the Palace Thursday, Dec. 2, at 9 PM, with The Blox and Newsfeed Anxiety. $5.