Posts Tagged ‘Eyes Like The Sky’

Gizzheads have been eagerly awaiting the reissues of King Gizzard’s first 4 LPs + the Willoughby’s Beach EP. With no new material being released this year (as opposed to last year’s 5 albums…) Flightless Records has in the midst of some extensive touring finally made these gems available for the fans that weren’t around for the first few years of The Gizzness. The prices of the original pressings has skyrocketed hand-in-hand with the popularity of the band over the last few years, and value has been pretty stable inbetween 400-900 USDs pr LP for a couple of years already..

Flightless Records opened up orders on their website a couple of weeks back for some really cool mailorder exclusives (most still available HERE), but as it turns out the most limited variants will be the ones that they’re distributing via ATO in the US (very limited quantities also available via Discrepancy Records and JB Hi-Fi in AU).

Flightless stated that after an extreme internet meltdown that has been immortalised the Gizz folklore, we are proud to announce that the REISSUES will be on sale at 9am AEST Wednesday September 19, 2018.

The Gizzmaster, Stu Mackenzie announced a while ago that all of the reissues are original Flightless Records pressings, with variants to be distributed by their affiliates in the US (ATO) and EU/UK (Heavenly Recordings). There has been no wording as of yet by Heavenly, but at this point one can only assume that they will eventually be stocking the standard Black Vinyl pressings of the albums.

12 BAR BRUISE
‘Muckraker Edition’

“12 Bar Bruise” is being reissued on Doublemint Green colored vinyl and features new artwork re-imagined by Jason Galea. Packaging includes a 350gsm heavyweight sleeve with semi-gloss finish and an inner sleeve on 170gsm uncoated offset paper with new blurb from Stu.

– Clear with heavy doublemint and deep purple splatter
– 140-160 gram 12″ 33rpm vinyl
– 350 gsm heavy sleeve with semi-gloss varnish
– Inner-sleeves printed on uncoated offset paper
– New inner-sleeve design with blurb written by Stu

Re-imagined artwork by Jason Galea
Record packed & shipped in a poly bag outside of sleeve

EYES LIKE THE SKY
‘Gun Smoke Edition’

“Eyes Like The Sky” is being reissued on Halloween Orange colored vinyl and features new artwork re-imagined by Jason Galea. The album is available on 12″ 45rpm for the first time and includes narrative by Broderick Smith printed on a 200gsm inner sleeve with a preface by Stu

– Clear with Aqua Blue smoke
– 140-160 gram 12″ 45rpm vinyl
– 350gsm reverse board finish
– Inner-sleeves printed on 200GSM art paper
– Narrative by Broderick Smith printed on inner-sleeve with preface by Stu

Re-imagined artwork by Jason Galea
Record packed & shipped in a poly bag outside of sleeve

FLOAT ALONG – FILL YOUR LUNGS
‘Kale & Banana Smoothie Edition’

*”Float Along – Fill Your Lungs” is being reissued on Easter Yellow colored vinyl and includes a heavyweight jacket with inner sleeve printed on uncoated offset paper, and a 24″x24″ fold-out poster.

– Pin wheel with Kelly green and piss yellow spokes
– 140-160 gram 12″ 33rpm vinyl
– 350gsm reverse board finish.
– Inner-sleeves printed on 170gsm uncoated offset paper with blurb from Stu
– 24×24” double-sided fold out poster

Original artwork design by Jason Galea
Record packed & shipped in a poly bag outside of sleeve

ODDMENTS
‘Hot Wax Edition’

*“Oddments” is being reissued on Grimace Purple colored vinyl and includes a heavyweight gatefold jacket with original art by Jason Galea and an inner sleeve printed on uncoated offset paper, featuring a new blurb from Stu

– Black & White vinyl with Cyan Blue splatter
– 140-160 gram 12″ 33rpm vinyl
– Gatefold sleeve with original art by Jason Galea
– 350gsm reverse board finish.
– Inner-sleeves printed on 170gsm uncoated offset paper with blurb from Stu

 

 

Record packed & shipped in a poly bag outside of sleeve
Original artwork design by Jason Galea

WILLOUGHBY’S BEACH
‘Ocean Death 12” Edition’

“Willoughby’ Beach” is being reissued on Red(ish) colored vinyl and features re-imagined artwork by Ican Harem. Packaging includes an embossed and spot UV deluxe sleeve with 350gsm reverse board finish and an inner sleeve printed on 170gsm uncoated offset paper.

– A-Side / B-side Reddish with Cyan Blue vinyl
– Printed on 140-160 gram 12″ 45rpm vinyl for the first time
– Inner-sleeves printed on 170gsm uncoated offset paper
– Embossing & Spot UV deluxe sleeve with 350gsm reverse board finish

Re-imagined artwork by Ican Harem
Record packed & shipped in a poly bag outside of sleeve

 

Like a better version of Murder of the Universe, Gizzard’s raw early side is the best. Eyes Like the Sky is the second studio album by Australian psychedelic rock band King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard. It was released on 22nd February 2013 on Flightless Records

Not only is the album unlike any other of theirs, described as a “cult western audio book”, the album is narrated and written by Broderick Smith – who tells a story of outlaws, child soldiers, native Americans and gun fights, all set in the American frontier. As it turns out, the roots of Eyes Like the Sky lie in King Gizzard’s debut album, 12 Bar Bruise.

Stu Mackenzie – “the weird, genius savant of that band” – and Smith both share a similar obsession of the Wild West, so Mackenzie approached his bandmate’s father (who is a respected musician in his own right) to pen the lyrics to a single track he had written. When asked about the album’s influences, Stu Mackenzie alluded to the spaghetti western influence throughout the album, stating “I love Western films. I love bad guys and I love Red Dead Redemption. Oh, and I love evil guitars”

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It was the book My 32 Years Among the Indians by Richard Dodge where Smith found his inspiration.

“There was a section in the book called Sam Cherry’s Last Shot… about Sam Cherry who was a scout that was killed by the Indians.”

Smith took that story and narrated it for the band, and that tune became Sam Cherry’s Last Shot on their debut album. When the band looked at doing a second record, Mackenzie simply contacted Smith and asked if he’d like to do a full album. When it came to a story for the album, Smith again turned to American history. Specifically, he looked at a time in Texas in the 1840’s where Comanches (a population of Native Americans from the south) were raiding white settlements and kidnapping the young boys to raise as their own.

Smith tells. Through this historical lens, he created a story not only about American history, but one that also explores the importance and struggles of heritage and identity.

Let’s now turn to the band itself. Formed out of casual jam sessions with mates, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard have become a staple on the Australian indie music scene. They have cemented themselves a place among the most ambitious artists in the world today, from having two drummers  to releasing five albums in a single year.