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King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard have announced their 15th studio album (!) in the past 7 years. Infest The Rats’ Nest will be released on Flightless Records on August 16th, 2019 with pre-order for the album going live on June 25th, Infest The Rats’ Nest features the band’s two recent singles Self-Immolate and Planet B, both of which were accompanied by dark, violent John Angus Stewart-directed videos.

The new tracks are evidence that Infest the Rat’s Nest will take a distinctly different track to the band’s recently released album, Fishing For Fishies, which came out on Flightless in late April 2019. That album ended up at #1 on ARIA vinyl charts.

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard released a whopping five new albums last year. The Melbourne psych-rock outfit shared their latest LP, Fishing For Fishies, back in April, and now they’ve announced their second album of 2019. Infest The Rats’ Nest will be King Gizzard’s 15th album in the past seven years.

Infest The Rats’ Nest sees the band embracing thrash metal. The press release says it’s their “hardest and heaviest album to date. How metal is it? Very Metal. Maybe even more.” The album was recorded with three of the seven band members. Frontman Stu Mackenzie and guitarist Joey Walker share guitar and bass duty while Michael Cavanagh handles the drums.

“The A-side of the album is set in the near future and is about real shit going on right now – especially ecological disaster,” Mackenzie explains in a statement. “We’ve got a lot of things to fear. The B-side tells the story of a group of rebels who are forced to leave Planet Earth and try to settle on Venus. I spend a lot of time thinking about the future of humanity and the future of Planet Earth. Naturally these thoughts seep into the lyrics.”

Infest The Rats’ Nest is out 8/16 via Flightless/ATO.

King Gizz will embark on a massive world tour . These shows are not to be missed.

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Victorian band Stonefield

The Findlay sisters heavy metal band Stonefield has joined the ranks of Flightless Records, the label owned by the members of King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard.

Stonefield’s fourth album Bent was produced by Joe Walker and Stu Mackenzie of King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard and was recorded in between tours in five days. “It’s a culmination of experiences, emotions, and stories collected over time,” explains lead singer and drummer Amy Findlay, “A growth of honest, raw, energy that has been burning within us and waiting for its moment.”

The first single is ‘Sleep’. “ ‘Sleep’ was inspired by the concept of floating in the in-between,” explains Findlay, “An ode to the darkness of not wanting to cross to the other side.”

This is heavier than heaven! Sludgy stoner rock riffs that drag like a 45 played at 33 1/3 speed, guitars de-tuned until the strings hang off the fretboards, keys that ring out like police sirens – this is the type of music that belongs in a vast desert with amps powered by generators and preachers decrying the devil that got in and made it all possible. The vocals are pure Ozzy Osbourne and Jimmy Page rock classicism, with only the slightest inflections betraying that this is actually an Australian girl in her 20s channeling such unholy hell. Even the humming of the amplifier in the opening seconds sounds like a guard dog’s guttural growl seconds before pouncing. If there was any justice, this would be added to rock radio stations the world over and Stonefield would be partying at the Hyatt like it’s 1969.

Stonefield’s new album “Bent” is out on 14th June. on Flightless Records

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Sit back and strap yourself in as the seven-headed Aussie rock beast King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard return with Fishing for Fishies”, perhaps their most perfectly-realised album to date. Here is a world where the organic meets the automated; where the rustic meets the robotic. Where the past and future collide in the beautiful present.

The thirteenth album since their 2012 debut – and their first following the release of five vastly different albums in 2017 – Fishing for Fishies is a blues-infused blast of sonic boogie that struts and shimmies through several moods and terrains. From the soft shuffle Outback country of the opening title track through the sunny easy listening of ‘The Bird Song’ (think the lysergically-soaked Laurel Canyon circa 1973) and on through the party funk of ‘Plastic Boogie’ (which somehow summons the spirit of Stevie Wonder’s Innervisions) the road-trucking, Doors-like highway rock of ‘The Cruel Millennial’ and ‘Real Is Real’ – what The Carpenters might have sounded like had they existed entirely on vegemite and weed – it’s a dizzying, dazzling display.

Hell, The Gizz make it look so easy.

And that’s all before we even get to ‘Acarine’, a futurist blues tune which heads off into previously unchartered territories of shimmering Eno-esque ambient and dark John Carpenter-style electro, and the electro squelch of album-closing single ‘Cyboogie’, on which five of the seven King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard members play synths. It’s a stomping vocoder-lead anthem akin to Georgio Moroder or Trans-era Neil Young and a triumphant conclusion to an album that is as surprising as it is thrilling, as unexpected as it is effortless.

“We tried to make a blues record,” says frontman Stu Mackenzie. “A blues-boogie-shuffle-kinda-thing, but the songs kept fighting it – or maybe it was us fighting them. Ultimately though we let the songs guide us this time; we let them have their own personalities and forge their own path. Paths of light, paths of darkness. This is a collection of songs that went on wild journeys of transformation.”

“I didn’t really know who I was by the end of 2017,” continues Stu, of the band’s never-to-be-repeated year, which concluded with the fifth album being released on New Years Eve 2017. “It was a good kind of spent feeling though, as I like being busy. For most of the holiday period I was in the studio doing the last of the recording and mixing on Gumboot Soup. And as soon as it clicked over to 2018 I stopped worrying about recording for a while and started living instead.”

Out of this period came Fishing for Fishies, an album in which musical motifs recur: lush piano, mellotron and synth flourishes (the bulk of the album was written on piano); Ambrose Kenny-Smith’s distinctive harmonica, which brings to mind sidewinders crossing dusty widescreen vistas; a generous dose of vocoder; and a plethora of creative U-turns that conspire to create a general overall sense of man and machine melding together in a thrilling chrome-covered hybrid.

Because Fishing for Fishies is an album looking out across the horizon through mirrored sunglasses while twenty-tonne juggernauts thunder past. Here, perhaps, is a place where the spirit of two key songs released in the same year – Ram Jam’s ‘Black Betty’ and Kraftwerk’s ‘Trans-Europe Express’ – linger somewhere in the mix. And what may sound absurd on paper is actually the genius work of a band of musicians entirely simpatico with one another after nearly a decade of constant evolution.

“We have travelled a lot – we’ve seen the world – but it all still feels like discovery,” says Stu, in trademark self-effacing style. “We’re still essentially naive kids tinkering around with toys we don’t know how to use in the studio.”

Newcomers to King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard will find an entire self-contained universe awaits them in a thrilling body of work. Here are grand concepts where albums overlap, riffs resurface, circular songs chase their own tails, grand narratives are told, cryptic lyrics endlessly analysed and a whole army of fans regurgitate the band’s output via a deluge of remixes, memes, visual loops, mind-melting cut-ups and just generally pontificate wildly about everything in The Gizzverse, much of it available on Youtube and internet forums.

“I am aware that it exists,” laughs Stu, of the alternative world that exists in their honour. “But I’m completely social media-less and pretty stone-age really. Good on ‘em for digging deep though.”

Because King Gizzard are no longer a band, they are a cult, a youth movement, an exploration, a double-drumming trip, a cottage industry centred around their own Flightless Records. Many milestones have been ticked off along the way: a headline slot at the UK’s Green Man Festival; a huge sold-out US tour; playing to five thousand people at a sold-out Brixton Academy one day…and then 100 people in the Yorkshire hill town of Hebden Bridge the next. Meanwhile their Gizzfest gathering in Melbourne is now in its fourth year. They are a band to give your life to. Perhaps more than anything they provide transportive fun, a valuable and often-overlooked commodity in an increasingly fraught world.

Best of all, anyone can step into The Gizzverse – anytime, anywhere. No prior understanding is necessary. So whether it’s psyche rock played with breakneck precision (2014’s I’m In Your Mind Fuzz), life-giving acoustic folk and Tropicalia (2015’s Paper Mâché Dream Balloon), a three-part sci-fi/prog album (2017’s Murder Of The Universeor an album uploaded on an open license so that budding labels worldwide could press their own copies, which they duly did, currently 240 different pressings according to Discogs (2017’s, Polygondwanaland), King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard provide it. As Pitchfork noted, they have waged war against two tired clichés: “One, that rock is dead; and two, that the album is dead.” More than that, they have staked their claim as one of the most innovative, exciting and productive bands of the 21st century.

King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard are: Stu Mackenzie (vocals/guitar/flute), Ambrose Kenny-Smith (harmonica/vocals), Cook Craig (guitar/vocals), Joey Walker (guitar), Lucas Skinner (bass), Eric Moore (drums) and Michael Cavanagh (drums).

Fishing For Fishies

The King Gizzard’s fourteenth album since their 2012 debut – and their first following the release of five vastly different albums in 2017 – “Fishing For Fishies” is a blues-infused blast of sonic boogie that struts and shimmies through several moods and terrains.

From the soft shuffle outback country of the opening title track through the sunny easy listening of ‘The Bird Song’ (think the lysergically-soaked laurel canyon circa 1973) and on through the party funk of ‘plastic boogie’ (which somehow summons the spirit of Stevie Wonder’s Innervisions) the road-trucking, doors-like highway rock of ‘The Cruel Millennial’ and ‘Real’s Not Real’ – what the carpenters might have sounded like had they existed entirely on vegemite and weed – it’s a dizzying, dazzling display which addresses a number of pertinent environmental issues along the way. “we tried to make a blues record,” says frontman Stu Mackenzie. “a blues-boogie-shuffle-kinda-thing, but the songs kept fighting it – or maybe it was us fighting them. ultimately though we let the songs guide us this time; we let them have their own personalities and forge their own path. paths of light, paths of darkness. this is a collection of songs that went on wild journeys of transformation.”

Created by Jason Galea

The Babe Rainbow was formed in the summer of 2014 by Angus Dowling and Jack Laughlan Crowther in the coastal surf town of Rainbow Bay, Australia. Students of English, lovers of permaculture, riders of waves – the pair also found common ground in the 60’s music like The Incredible String Band and Swing Mademoiselles. Their early singles attracted the attenion of Flightless Records who went on to release their breakout single Secret Enchanted Broccoli Forest. The band, which now includes Lucas Mariani and Jessi Dunbar, caught the attenion of US record producer, artist and now label owner Danger Mouse who signed them to his 30th Century Records. The album was produced by Stu Mackenzie (King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard).

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They come loosely from the same staple as King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, and are similarly enamoured of the less murky side of 60’s psychedelia. Their album, Double Rainbow epitomises the summer vibe with its mellifluous harmonies, second-gear beat architecture and bright acoustics. Double Rainbow has some influences from the 60’s such as The Beatles and Grateful Dead, as you’ll read elsewhere, but what it really reminded me of was J.J Cale’sNaturally. Listen to ‘Darby and Joan’ and tell me you don’t hear ‘Call Me the Breeze’. Not only the song structure but J.J Cale’s easy swagger and insouciance. Front porch therapy. Replete with tropical aromas, gentle breezes and cool temperament.

‘Eureka’ clamours successfully for that vibe as well, but ventures more into sunset party territory with accentuated wah-wah and a drummer riding the cymbals with free abandon. The album starts out with a song, ‘The Magician’, so assured, so beautifully written, it’s hard to believe these guys have been only hanging together for a year and a half. Probably longer as surfing mates if the truth be known.

Amyl & the Sniffers

Australian hellions Amyl & The Smiffers have announced their self-titled debut album will be out May 24th via Rough Trade Records, ATO Records and Flightless Records. The first single is the anthemic, rocking “Got You.” The video for it has singer Amy Taylor taking full control of the rest of the band, bathing them with a hose, brushing their teeth by force and leading them around on leashes…which may or may not be an accurate depiction of tour life.

The band have been wowing the U.K with their awesome live sets. ‘Got You’ is taken from Amyl and The Sniffers‘ self-titled debut album out on Rough Trade Records,

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard return on Friday April 26th 2019 with a new album “Fishing for Fishies”perhaps their most perfectly-realised album to date. Released on Flightless Records world-wide, here is a world where the organic meets the automated; where the rustic meets the robotic. Where the past and future collide in the beautiful present. Having returned in late January with a regulation mind-blowing video to Cyboogie, the first track to be taken from the album, the band have today shared their latest Jason Galea directed video to the album’s title track, Fishing For Fishies.

The fourteenth album since their 2012 debut – and their first following the release of five vastly different albums in 2017 – Fishing for Fishies is a blues-infused blast of sonic boogie that struts and shimmies through several moods and terrains. From the soft shuffle Outback country of the opening title track through the sunny easy listening of ‘The Bird Song’ (think the lysergically-soaked Laurel Canyon circa 1973) and on through the party funk of ‘Plastic Boogie’ (which somehow summons the spirit of Stevie Wonder’s Innervisions) the road-trucking, Doors-like highway rock of ‘The Cruel Millennial’ and ‘Real’s Not Real’ – it’s a dizzying, dazzling display which addresses a number of pertinent environmental issues along the way.

“We tried to make a blues record,” says frontman Stu Mackenzie. “A blues-boogie-shuffle-kinda-thing, but the songs kept fighting it – or maybe it was us fighting them. Ultimately though we let the songs guide us this time; we let them have their own personalities and forge their own path. Paths of light, paths of darkness. This is a collection of songs that went on wild journeys of transformation.”

Quiet though it was on the record front, 2018 was hardly a year of rest – almost in perpetual motion, they continued their un-stoppable rise as their juggernaut of a live show grew, and grew, and grew with a mind-blowing headline slot at last year’s Green Man Festival, a massive sold-out U.S. tour in the summer which saw them play their biggest venues to date, a brain-frying sold out Brixton Academy show, 2 gigs in Russia & Istanbul in March where they played in front of over 15,000 people and putting on the 4th edition of their annual ‘Gizzfest’ in Melbourne amongst the highlights.

King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard are: Stu Mackenzie (vocals/guitar/flute), Ambrose Kenny-Smith (harmonica/vocals), Cook Craig (guitar/vocals), Eric Moore (drums), Joey Walker (guitar), Lucas Skinner (bass) & Michael Cavanagh (drums).

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Flightless Records family members The Murlocs have returned with their first slice of new music since 2017. Presenting you Comfort Zone; four minutes of pure madness!

Five fellas with roots firmly placed in their own blown-out, distorted demented dance party brand of soulful RnB. Formed in the end of November 2010 and originally from the coastal town of Ocean Grove the group has since gone on to play such music festivals as Meredith, Queenscliffe, Boogie and Falls. As well as supporting such acts as Gary Clarke Junior, Mac Demarco, Ty Segall, Thee Oh Sees, The Pixies, Earthless, Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks, Wavves and King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard.

Band Members
Cal Shortal,
Ambrose Kenny Smith,
Matt Blach,
Cook Craig,
Tim Karmouche,

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard return with their first new music since 2017. Cyboogie b/w Acarine is a limited-edition 7” featuring two brand new songs from Australia’s freewheeling seven-piece band.  “Cyboogie” is a step in a new direction for Gizz with five of the seven members playing synth on the track and not a guitar in sight. It’s an incredibly fun, upbeat disco boogie track reminiscent of Stevie Wonder, Devo, Trans era Neil Young and everything that is good.

Cyboogie comes complete with a regulation Jason Galea video, which sees the band cast as a bunch of identikit analogue droogs.

 

Run, don’t walk. With our boys KG & the LG blowing up the way that they have it seems to give a rub to the other acts on Flightless, but especially the ones directly related to his majesty.

This is their third LP, and their last one sells for stupid amounts now. Like I said, FOMO is real.

Their last record was a great discourse on the trappings of Australian psychedelic rock that was steeped long and hot in American soul and r&b and it was just so, so amazing.

Our new album ‘Old Locomotive’  will be released on July 28th, 2017  on Flightless Records 

“Old Locomotive” on Flightless Records