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King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard
« on: February 14, 2019, 09:45:55 PM »
I'm surprised this band doesn't have a thread on here so I figured I'd make one. If you don't know who these guys are, they're one of the most interesting rock bands to get (at least kinda) popular in the past decade. They've been around since 2010 but to my knowledge they only really "caught on" in the past few years. They're also extremely prolific - they have thirteen studio albums so far and five of those were released just last year.

Their sound could be described as a mix of psychedelic, progressive, and garage rock. If any of that sounds up your alley I'd definitely recommend checking them out. Start with their 2016 album Nonagon Infinity, which is an album of nine tracks that seamlessly flow into each other (with the last one flowing into the first) that can be played on loop infinitely.

Here's my favorite track off of that album, Robot Stop: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9p_Si21ig7c

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« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2019, 11:26:50 PM »
They're pretty damn awesome, very energetic and eclectic. I stumbled upon their live show at a festival two years ago and had my mind thoroughly blown! I then went and bought all the albums they had for sale afterwards. Easily one of the most refreshing bands I've discovered in recent years. Polygondwanaland is probably my favourite release by them, but every album has loads of good stuff to them. This here is 'Crumbling Castle', the epic opening track from said album: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lo8yyri9lpE
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« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2019, 03:23:06 AM »
Awesome band. Got into them in late 2017 and I did one of those "start with first album and work through discography" journeys and definitely worth it. Can't wait to see where they go next but they keep delivering really solid albums. Their worst I would say is Eyes Like the Sky mostly cause I'm not 100% into the "western audio book" thing, but even that album i'd give a 6.5 or so because the music is fun. Nonagon Infinity is their best IMO, that album is just so well crafted and every song is really good. Then I would probably add I'm In Your Mind Fuzz and Float Along - Fill Your Lungs to round out my top 3. Polygondwanaland was also really good.

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« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2019, 05:27:58 AM »
quantity over quality?

Polygondwanaland is pretty sweet though. It has a cool Crimson vibe to it.

also "Rattlesnake" is catchy as hell.

also they did a "What's in My Bag?" at Amoeba a few years ago which was cool. Some Yes in there
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8oexqhDaEo

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« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2019, 06:01:52 AM »
quantity over quality?

Polygondwanaland is pretty sweet though. It has a cool Crimson vibe to it.

also "Rattlesnake" is catchy as hell.

also they did a "What's in My Bag?" at Amoeba a few years ago which was cool. Some Yes in there
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8oexqhDaEo

It can seem like it on the surface but I wouldn't say so. 5 albums in a year may seem excessive but I think in the end all of them were good or great. Someone might argue what if they focused their writing into one album - maybe it would have been 10/10, but out of those 5 albums I would still argue that Polygondwanaland was a really good album and the other 4 were pretty good too.

There's plenty of bands who put out 1 album ever 3 or 4 years and those albums aren't necessarily better than what King Gizz put out.

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« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2019, 09:48:25 AM »
Ah. Two of my major haunts of the Internet come together on this thread: DTF and Canadian comedians/streamers LoadingReadyRun, through whom I was first made aware of King Gizz and his Liz Wiz. I've heard bits of King Giz through them, but not really enough to make me explore further.

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« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2019, 10:47:45 AM »
quantity over quality?

Polygondwanaland is pretty sweet though. It has a cool Crimson vibe to it.

also "Rattlesnake" is catchy as hell.

also they did a "What's in My Bag?" at Amoeba a few years ago which was cool. Some Yes in there
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8oexqhDaEo

It can seem like it on the surface but I wouldn't say so. 5 albums in a year may seem excessive but I think in the end all of them were good or great. Someone might argue what if they focused their writing into one album - maybe it would have been 10/10, but out of those 5 albums I would still argue that Polygondwanaland was a really good album and the other 4 were pretty good too.

There's plenty of bands who put out 1 album ever 3 or 4 years and those albums aren't necessarily better than what King Gizz put out.

that is true about the time gap, there are other instances where there is a long time gap and eventually the result comes out likely a lot better had they not.

The band who I would compare in some ways to King Gizzard, at least initially was Pepe Deluxe who are notably perfectionists and their last album which they spent 5 years+ on, Queen of the Wave is a stone cold classic record. The amount of time they spent waiting to borrow/access the vintage instruments I think made all the difference. And that was in 2012, so they have spent even more time on their newest record (again waiting to access the vintage instruments), and I expect it to be all the better because of the wait.

But I do agree Polygondwanaland is really great. Crumbling Castles is EPIC.
The other records I have heard from them are hit and miss. Although part of that might be just myself warming up to their sound and the vocal style.

But I also wonder if due to their varied styles, the style of Polygondwanaland may only come up once every few records.

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« Reply #8 on: August 16, 2019, 09:32:36 AM »
Their new album came out today and it's full-on thrash metal. Can't fault these guys for lack of variety!

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« Reply #9 on: August 16, 2019, 10:35:30 AM »
Wouldn’t say that it’s full on thrash, but it’s definitely one of the themes on the album. I played it today, really good, though maybe not as great as Fishies. Superbug is a fucking killer song, stoner/ almost doom metal!
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« Reply #10 on: August 16, 2019, 11:05:05 AM »
Yeah, what I should have said is that they GO full-on thrash metal for a lot of the album. Superbug and Mars For The Rich were definitely less thrash-y.
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« Reply #11 on: August 22, 2019, 07:57:59 PM »
So yeah, Infest The Rats' Nest kicks ass and if you enjoy thrash metal / heavy metal at all you owe it to yourself to check it out.
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« Reply #12 on: July 29, 2021, 08:07:05 AM »
Mega bump!

I’m just got turned on to these guy for the first time yesterday, and I’m fascinated and intrigued…but also overwhelmed.

Start from the beginning??
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« Reply #13 on: July 29, 2021, 08:24:28 AM »
Mega bump!

I’m just got turned on to these guy for the first time yesterday, and I’m fascinated and intrigued…but also overwhelmed.

Start from the beginning??

I haven't listened to much of their earliest stuff; the first album of theirs I particularly like is I'm In Your Mind Fuzz. If you want to go chronologically you might want to start there, or with Nonagon Infinity.

What songs have you heard by them so far?
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« Reply #14 on: July 29, 2021, 08:44:52 AM »
Mega bump!

I’m just got turned on to these guy for the first time yesterday, and I’m fascinated and intrigued…but also overwhelmed.

Start from the beginning??


I haven't listened to much of their earliest stuff; the first album of theirs I particularly like is I'm In Your Mind Fuzz. If you want to go chronologically you might want to start there, or with Nonagon Infinity.

What songs have you heard by them so far?

Just a couple of the new ones. Catching smoke and Interior People. Obviously, it was very different without being very rock, but the fact that they have a reputation of exploring different genres and seeing that they can write a quality song has me interested enough to explore more.
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« Reply #15 on: July 29, 2021, 09:11:20 AM »
Just a couple of the new ones. Catching smoke and Interior People. Obviously, it was very different without being very rock, but the fact that they have a reputation of exploring different genres and seeing that they can write a quality song has me interested enough to explore more.

This is true! If you want to experience their variety, here's some albums for different styles... bolded ones are my favorites.

Heavy Psych / Garage Rock: Nonagon Infinity, I'm In Your Mind Fuzz, Murder Of The Universe
Prog: Polygondwanaland
Thrash Metal: Infest The Rats' Nest
Microtonal Rock: Microtonal Flying Banana, K.G., L.W.
More laid-back, atmospheric Psychedelic Rock: Butterfly 3000, Quarters!
Boogie-Woogie Rock: Fishing For Fishies
Acoustic / Folk: Paper Mache Dream Balloon

Their "Live In San Fransisco '16" album is also fantastic if you like live albums.
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« Reply #16 on: July 29, 2021, 12:48:56 PM »
For a band that's put out so much music, in such a short period of time, their hit rate is pretty great. My favourites are:


Nonagon Infinity
Flying Microtonal Banana
I'm in Your Mind Fuzz
Infest the Rats Nest
Polygondwanaland
Oddments
Quarters

This is in order but it's quite interchangeable. I'd say I really love the middle era of their career. Some of the early albums are fine, but I can't say I'm overly in love with anything from their last three albums. Definitely a band worth delving into though.


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« Reply #17 on: July 29, 2021, 02:34:07 PM »
Nonagon Infinity is their best IMO. Might appeal to your prog tastes too since its designed to be spun in 1 go with songs going into each other. :)

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« Reply #18 on: July 29, 2021, 05:57:06 PM »
I went to the CD shop today. They had multiple copies of KG and LW, but I’ve heard other bands experiment with microtonal, and I’m not sure that’s where I wanted to start. The only other studio album they had was Fishing for Fishies, and I was tempted…but then I saw Live in San Francisco and decided to grab that.

Give me a few days to spin it and I will get back to this thread after I’ve processed it
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