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By their very nature, King Gizzard have always appeared to value loose spontaneity over the close approach of the craftsman. Since emerging from Melbourne in 2010, this seven-headed psych-rock monster have released seven diverse albums, each capturing quick-fire bursts of inspiration, and thrilling in their imperfections and impulsiveness.

On I’m In Your Mind Fuzz, their garage-punk breakthrough from late 2014, they managed to create half a concept album about mind control, before losing concentration and filling Side Two with slower, disjointed songs recorded at a different studio. As their notoriety grew, their restless, relentless muse last year spawned two albums exploring different tangents of their scattershot sound – Quarters was a laidback, semi-improvised effort with four tracks each lasting exactly 10 minutes and 10 seconds (it bizarrely bagged a Best Jazz Album nomination at the ARIAs), while autumn’s Papier Mâché Dream Balloon consisted of uncustomary pastoral, acoustic rambles.

Yet we now learn that these two albums were merely stopgaps, recorded while singer and guitarist Stu Mackenzie and his six cohorts secretly toiled on a project that would finish what they attempted with I’m In Your Mind Fuzz – a bona fide concept album, unified in sound and vision. While the last decade has undoubtedly been a fertile time for the kind of underground rock that takes inspiration from garage, punk, prog and psychedelia, Ty Segall, Thee Oh Sees and their ilk have so far attempted little on this scale.

Although it was tracked in four days at the all-analogue Daptone House Of Soul in Brooklyn, New York, Nonagon Infinity was meticulously planned beforehand, then the subsequent recordings were subjected to endless tinkering back in Australia. The need for this work becomes clear when the album is heard – each song on Nonagon segues into the next, while the end of the final track, “Road Train”, can even be looped straight back to careen headlong, Möbius strip-style, into the opening song, “Robot Stop”, their beats matched and primed. What’s more, various melodies, riffs and refrains pop up repeatedly throughout the album, making it more akin to a 41-minute suite than nine separate songs.

On first listen, Nonagon is a hard-driving, exhausting beast; powered by two drummers, “Road Train” edges into Motörhead hard-rock, while “Big Fig Wasp” continues King Gizzard’s adoration for Thee Oh Sees, mixing a motorik beat with Mackenzie’s echoed whoops and demonic guitars (chief Oh See John Dwyer fittingly released I’m In Your Mind Fuzz on his Castle Face label in the US). The seven-minute “Evil Death Roll” harks back to the manic momentum of Hawkwind’s Space Ritual version of “Master Of The Universe”, with distorted organ and super-wah’d guitars adding to the onslaught. There are few simple thrills here, as beats are dropped and riffs gallop along in unwieldy time signatures – “Gamma Knife” might be the most driving song ever conceived in 6/8, while “Nonagon infinity opens the door” is an earworm in 7/8 time. Though Mackenzie barks out vague orders on “Robot Stop” – “Loosen up/Time to jump/Fuck shit up/Don’t forget about it” – his lyrics are often unintelligible through the fuzz, with Hammer horror images of “corpses”, “pitchforks” and a “final hearing” breaking through the haze.

With repeated listens, however, what first seems like an oppressively flat landscape – giant steppes, perhaps – gradually reveals relief, and a lot more nuance that rewards repeated immersion. Subtler elements begin to peek out from the hard-driving tempos: the electric saz solo on “Robot Stop”; the synth storm swelling up in “Big Fig Wasp” that seems to mimic said insect’s mighty buzzing; the middle of “Invisible Face” that echoes the cool-jazz labyrinths of Quarters opener “The River”; the sections on “Wah Wah” that nod to the acoustic reveries of Papier Mâché…. The entirety of the punning “Mr Beat” is five minutes of relative respite, its clowning keyboards and falsetto reminiscent of Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Elsewhere, fidelities shift between (and even within) songs, with Mackenzie deliberately moving microphones around between takes to get more sonic variation.

As King Gizzard’s frontman tells Uncut, making Nonagon Infinity was a gruelling experience compared to the relatively breezy gestation of their previous work, and yet this prolonged concentration has resulted in by far King Gizzard’s most cohesive record to date – a hyper-detailed punk opera that few of their peers have matched for intensity, ambition or sheer derangement. It’s no accident that the end of the album links up to the start: those who listen may find it difficult to get off this particular Möbius strip.

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One of King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard’s most notable successes was the record Nonagon Infinity. Released over a year ago, it was the group’s eighth record, and since its release, the band have somehow managed to find time to release two more records,

With the release of their second album of the year “Murder of the Universe” it seems King Gizzard are already getting nostalgic as they travel back to the heady days of “Nonagon Infinity” for their latest video as they give ‘Invisible Face’ a brand new clip.

A combination of live action segments with the kind of animation which best befits an 80’s children’s TV show, and is therefore fucking incredible, makes this video one of the better ones floating around this week.

Jason Galaea and Joel Melrose are behind the brilliant visuals which also keep the coloured robes which have started to appear around the King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard camp and also befits another children’s TV show by the name of; Power Rangers. And when you think about it, is there another band you could see fighting and defeating someone named Lord Zedd?.

The clip has all you need snakes, dark landscapes, jet planes falling form the sky, the whole shebang, really. So sit back, get psyched and watch this brilliant video for ‘Invisible Face’.

Garage psych rebels <b>King</b> <b>Gizzard</b> & <b>The Lizard Wizard</b> are teaming up ...

King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard finally got sick of fans asking them when they’re going to release another album already, because they finally pulled their fingers out and are about to drop album number eight, Nonagon Infinity, on 29th April.

After dropping the largely acoustic Paper Mâché Dream Balloon last year, the band revealed their eighth album would instead be an ambitious tribute to the heyday of heavy metal, with influences like Slayer and Motörhead and they’ve just unveiled the LP’s latest single.

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After whetting our appetites with the raucous, fuzzed-out ‘Gamma Knife’, the band premiered ‘People Vultures’  accompanying the track, which is a similarly fuzzed-out but far more brooding affair than its predecessor, with a whacked-out but prudent statement.
As King Gizzard frontman Stu Mackenzie explained :

“Our blue planet is parched and cracks are forming underfoot and the sweat drips from our collective temple onto the citrine sand and a feathered doom encircles us from above and there’s a pulsing in our breast telling us there ain’t nothing any mere mortal can do when the sun retreats and blackness sets in. Call upon God to deliver us from our peril.”

In other words, ‘People Vultures’ is a raw meditation on the impact we meddling humans are having on the planet, with gripping lyrics like, “People vultures crowding at my door, parasites are eating even more” sung over a menacing guitar and organ interplay.

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The band premiered ‘Gamma Knife’ last month alongside pre-orders for the vinyl edition of the new album. Just 1,500 copies were available for pre-order and the band managed to sell every single one in less than two hours, forcing them to release another 1,500 limited edition vinyl copies.

In addition to the healthy record sales, the band were also chuffed to get props from none other than Godfather of Punk himself Iggy Pop when the rock icon played two cuts from the band on his BBC Radio show, even offering up some kind words of appreciation for the band.

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After dabbling with Jazzy rock sounds and gentle acoustics, Australia’s King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard are back in hyperactive psych mode on their new album “Nonagon Infinity”, which will be out via ATO on April 29th. The album was recorded in Brooklyn at Daptone Studio . It also marks what they are calling the world’s first “infinitely looping” album, meaning that when you listen to it digitally on repeat, the final song flows seamlessly into the first track on the album. (All the songs segue together, apparently.) Maybe the vinyl will have a locked groove at the end of each side? We shall see. Until then check out the album’s first single, “Gamma Knife,” below.

The new album will be out right before the start of King Gizzard’s spring tour, which kicks off at  The Austin Levitation and hits NYC for a headlining show on May 14th at Bowery Ballroom with tourmates (and fellow Aussies) The Murlocs, and then opening for Mac DeMarco on his tour

 

The hyper-prolific King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard have unleashed the first sonic preview of their “super heavy” new album Nonagon Infinity.

The genre-hopping Melbourne septet have shared a trailer for the record featuring footage of the band tearing through new material live as an ominous voice intones hectic song titles like ‘Robot Stop’, ‘Gamma Knife’, ‘People – Vultures’, and ‘Evil Death Roll’.

The clip confirms there are five more tracks on the album, which is due for release on the band’s own Flightless Records this April, and gives a sneak peek at the cover art: the same devilishly complex hexagram design the band shared on socials earlier this week.

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