King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard Announce Debut Album
The seven-headed beast that is King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard is back on our radar with the release of their new single ‘Elbow’ and most excitingly, an announcement of their debut album, the menacingly titled 12 Bar Bruise.
The band spent the tail end of March recording the album between Anglesea and Willoughby’s Beach producer Paul Maybury’s warehouse studio in Fairfield, Melbourne. The result is twelve tracks of King Gizzard’s signature chaotic, reverb-drenched, kick-in-the-face sound. It’s filled with energetic slabs of psych-garage, ocker wit and the type of scuzzed out hysteria that picks you up and hurls you down bluntly without permission.
King Gizzard don’t fuck around on this LP, clocking in at a touch under 35 minutes. That’s 35 minutes of material that will keep you hooked, with the band expanding on new terrain. Take title track ‘12 Bar Bruise’, recorded with 4 iPhones placed around the room and lead vocalist Stu Mackenzie singing straight into one. The result is a slower number on the Gizzard grinder.
Among guttural whoops, lots of distortion and delay, and “songs about shit-kicking” (‘Muckraker’) and a trip the medical tent at Meredith (‘Uh Oh, I Called Mum’), keep an ear out for an 80’s Casio toy keyboard which found its way into almost every song.
12 Bar Bruise is out September 7. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard will be playing at Queenscliff Music Festival November 23, 24, 25.