TUNE IN APRIL 17: KING GIZZARD PERFORMS THEIR WORLDWIDE TELEVISION DEBUT ON CONAN
ON TOUR NOW, AT COACHELLA NEXT TWO WEEKENDS
TORONTO, ON – April 11, 2017 – Melbourne’s King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard are a once-in-a-generation group playing a heady combination of psychedelia, prog rock, freakbeat, jazz, heavy metal and Krautrock at a breathless punk pace. Today they introduce Murder of the Universe, to be released June 23rd via ATO Records. A concept album to end all concepts, Murder Of The Universe is a face-melting musical assault concerned with the downfall of man and the death of the planet.
With the album’s tracks separated into three separate chapters, you can now watch the new video for all of “Chapter 3: Han-Tyumi and the Murder of the Universe” HERE. Lit by thunderclaps and lightning, MOTU inhabits a sonic landscape of death, decay, ossification, fossilization, rebirth. It is a place occupied by wandering shape-shifting beasts, bleeding skies, pools of blood, great fires and mushroom clouds; a planet rent asunder by conflict. Pre-order it on vomit splatter and 180 gram black smoke vinyl HERE.
Like in the band’s frenzied live show, snippets of their breakthrough records I’m In Your Mind Fuzz and Nonagon Infinity resurface throughout this album to haunt their latest sound. Currently on their 2017 nationwide US tour and headlining their biggest rooms to date, the band will be taking their live experience to TV for their worldwide television debut on Conan April 17th.
“We’re living in dystopian times that are pretty scary and it’s hard not to reflect that in our music,” says front man Stu Mackenzie. “It’s almost unavoidable. Some scientists predict that the downfall of humanity is just as likely to come at the hands of Artificial Intelligence, as it is war or viruses or climate change. But these are fascinating times too. Human beings are visual creatures – vision is our primary instinct, and this is very much a visual, descriptive, bleak record. While the tone is definitely apocalyptic, it is not necessarily purely a mirror of the current state of humanity. It’s about new non-linear narratives.”
Theirs is a high-velocity sound, each album a transporting diversion down a slippery worm-hole steered by seven minds sharing one on-going journey. In years to come King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard will be judged not by their separate albums, but by a body of work where themes, melodies, motifs, riffs and ideas resurface and recur, each album peeling back a layer of the onion to glimpse at past and future alike. Their albums should be treated as portals through which you can move from one to the other. Songs sync together, records can be played in loops and past ideas recur or are reprised, and then woven into new textures. “These ideas aren’t necessarily contrived,” said Mackenzie. “Sometimes they just happen.”
US TOUR DATES
EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
5/5 – 6/8 – Madrid, Spain – Sound Isidro 2017
Photo Credit: Jason Galea
“This psychedelic garage outfit from Melbourne provides the best argument that Jodorowsky films and spaghetti Westerns can be sources for transcendent musical inspiration.” – New Yorker
“Lots of bands can pump out high octane indie rock numbers, but they burn out so fast, and rarely have the sort of inscrutable power that King Gizzard is apparently immune to depleting.” – Under the Radar
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).
Album discography: 12 Bar Bruise (2012), Eyes Like the Sky (2013), Float Along – Fill Your Lungs (2013), Oddments (2014), I’m In Your Mind Fuzz (2014), Quarters! (2015), Paper Mache Dream Balloon(2015), Nonagon Infinity (2016), Flying Microtonal Banana (2017), Murder of the Universe (2017).
Murder of the Universe Track Listing
Chapter 2: The Lord of Lightning Vs. Balrog
Chapter 3: Han-Tyumi And The Murder Of The Universe