Because we are friends with those in the psych community, we’ve known about the trippy music of Australia’s King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard. The band has put out more music in the past five years than Robert Pollard, except with these guys, the music is stellar. On their latest release Fishing For Fishies they go a bit more mainstream, and it works-if you’d never heard their output prior.
We should note that we don’t think the album is bad by any means, but it also might not be what their rabid fan base is looking forward to either. With that said, the songs have plenty of pop sheen on them, while sounding like a crazed party where everyone dropped acid before recording began. The nine song release flows like a fun gathering more than an album,and all of the songs hit.
The upbeat stride of “Fishing For Fishies” gets bookmarked with noodling guitar and snappy brushed drums. “Boogieman Sam” has touches of the Delta in the guitar licks, and even has a swamp stomp that makes the song that much more effective. The harmonica is a nice touch ahead of the dual vocals that keep the groove going. The album works, it makes for a case of bands taking a more mainstream approach, and gives anyone unfamiliar with the band something to hold their attention.
The instrumentation is on point, songs like “Plastic Boogie” and “The Cruel Millennial” both have plenty of blues notes, while tracks like “This Thing” and “Acarine”delve into the headier side of the band. The album works on multiple levels, and gives you everything you want from a band reaching out, even if you didn’t know that they released five records in 2017 alone.
The album can be streamed on all streaming platforms, it can be purchased in all digital music stores, or it can be purchased physically from ATO Records. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard will be on tour in the U.S. starting August 13 in Los Angeles, CA at The Greek Theatre until September 06 in Dallas, TX at The Bomb Factory. A complete listing of all of their appearances can be found here.
Image Credits: Photo Courtesy of ATO Records.