King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
Seven completely fried theremin wielding psychopaths. Half originating from the flat salt bush plains of Deniliquin and the other from the sea stained Anglesea coastline. Brought together through a share house in Melbourne and a mutual love of Pavement, Thee Oh Sees and Nuggets Comps.
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard are a 7 - piece garage punk band from Melbourne Australia.
The boys started playing together in early 2011 after two groups of friends (one from the ocean, the other from the bush) met at a University in Melbourne. They released their debut EP "Willoughby's Beach" on a limited run of 10" Vinyl in October 2011. The first single “Black Tooth” pricked the ears of Triple J’s Dom Alessio, who dubbed the band :
“a tour de force of reverberated rock’n’roll.”
Second single "Dead-beat" was quickly added to high rotation on Triple J, FBi, RRR and PBS - which culminated in a distribution deal with Shock Records in November 2011.
The band soon gained a devoted and at times visceral Melbourne following - selling out several residencies and their debut EP launch at the Tote Hotel. In the following weeks King Gizzard were nominated for Best New Talent at The Age’s EG Awards alongside Kimbra, Lanie Lane, Royal Headache and Husky.
On December 9 2011 they opened the Meredith Music Festival to overwhelmingly positive reviews - warming up the stage for the likes of Grinderman, Cut Copy, Kurt Vile And The Violators, and Mudhoney.
2012 began with Gizzard being officially “unearthed” by Triple J, winning a spot at the Melbourne Big Day Out. They also landed a tour with US musician Girl Talk performing sold out shows at the Enmore Theatre in Sydney and Palace Theatre in Melbourne.
A national single tour and a spot at the Boogie Festival followed, with the band somehow finding time to record their debut album in the weeks between shows.
In September 2012 they released "12 Bar Bruise" to overwhelmingly positive reviews.
The Age Newspaper described it as:
"Dirty and unashamedly sloppy, psychedelic warts and all" ****"
Whilst the Sydney Morning Herald went on to say:
"This is a fuzz explosion of garage rock revival injected with a healthy dose of surf and psychedelia…What you get is 35 great minutes of mind-blowing rock'n'roll.
The two lead singles "Bloody Ripper" and "Muckraker" were added to high rotation on Triple J and the album was honoured with album of the week on RRR, PBS, SYN, Beat Magazine (which the band would grace the cover) and Tone Deaf.
This resulted in their biggest tour yet selling out shows in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Hobart. A standout performance at the Bigsound Music Conference in Brisbane proved that the bands frenetic live show was truly a standout amongst other local artists.
A huge 2012/13 summer ensued with appearances at Falls Music and Arts Festival, Queenscliff Music Festival, Cherry Rock and a national tour with Jeff The Brotherhood.
In February 2013 (only 5 months on from the release of their debut) the band spontaneously announced their 2nd full-length LP; "Eyes Like The Sky" - a self-proclaimed "spaghetti-western-audiobook" narrated by none other than Dingoes and Carson legend Broderick Smith.
"Eyes Like The Sky" quickly gained attention for it's bizarre concept, ambition and delivery.
The Brag: "no one else in Australia comes to mind as doing anything quite like this, let alone doing it so well." 4.5/5
PBS Radio : “Eyes Like the Sky” is like nothing else released this year – or probably this decade. If Morricone grew up playing gigs at the Tote in Collingwood he might make an album like “Eyes Like the Sky”.
Sydney Morning Herald: "against the odds, King Gizzard has triumphed." ****
This album was celebrated with a sold out show at the Corner Hotel in Melbourne which saw 800 locals squeeze into the band room both curious and excited to see what the band would produce.
After a short break travelling and writing it was revealed that King Gizzard had landed their most high profile support yet; a national tour with Australian cult heroes The Drones. This highly sort after tour included shows in Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne ending with a once in a lifetime show at the Sydney Opera House.
September 2013 will see the release of their third full length album "Float Along - Fill Your Lungs.
Willoughby's Beach EP (2011)
12 Bar Bruise LP (2012)
Eyes Like The Sky LP (2013)
Float Along - Fill Your Lungs LP (Sep 2013)