King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
Origin: Melbourne, Australia
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King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard are a seven piece psychedelic garage band from Melbourne, Australia formed in 2010. In the space of five years they have released two EPs and seven albums on their own record label, Flightless.
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard’s sense of unfettered sonic exploration makes them easy to mistake for a long-forgotten relic of the psych explosion of the ’60s. With a far-out sound that, at times, feels barely held together, the band evoke the eclectic rock experimentation of Frank Zappa’s early work with the Mothers of Invention as they follow their musical flights of fancy wherever they might go, and let the rest just fall into place on its own. In 2012, the band released 12 Bar Bruise, which they followed up just five months later with 2013’s Eyes Like the Sky, which the band somewhat enigmatically self-described as a “spaghetti western audio book.” A third full-length, Float Along, Fill Your Lungs, was released in 2013 and was quickly followed by 2014’s Oddments and I’m In Your Mind Fuzz. Still working fast, they released an EP in early 2015. Titled Quarters, it featured four trippy songs that each timed out exactly as 10:10. Later that same year they released yet another album, Paper Mâché Dream Balloon. Now signed to ATO Records, their sound took a detour from expanded jams and fuzzy freakouts to tightly constructed, but still weird, pop songs played exclusively on acoustic instruments.
Ambrose Kenny Smith