One must be careful exploring the far-reaching corners of King Gizzard and the Wizard Lizard, lest you fall head first down the rabbit hole and into the “Gizzverse”.
Upon first glance, the band may turn you off with their unwieldy name, scruffy appearance, formidable reputation, and incredibly dense discography. If you do decide to hop in, you might be somewhat confused by their more popular songs like ‘Work This Time’ or ‘Sense’. “This is like Tame Impala, but weirder,” is a fairly common comment I’ve seen from various non-believers. From there, you have two options: turn back now, or turn on, tune in, and drop out. The King Gizzard experience only gets trippier and more all-encompassing from here.
What lies ahead of you is a whole world of beautiful, bizarre, occasionally abrasive and always wildly experimental sonic landscapes. Begin to acclimate yourself, for instance, with the microtonal guitars that can play tones that fit in-between the traditional western 12-note scale. References to Australian history, J.R.R. Tolkien characters, and their own science fiction universe abound. Polyrhythms are par for the course, and full album concepts aren’t just common, they’re practically mandatory.
The bastard children of Rush, Frank Zappa, and the scorched Australian desert, King Gizzard and the Wizard Lizard are a band so intimidating to jump into that they’ve attained a cult-like fanbase of true believers patiently salivating over whatever new material comes out of the group. How could they not?
Well for those ravenous true believers, good news. King Gizzard and the Wizard Lizard’s eighteenth studio album Butterfly 3000 is set for a June release. The band, rather unhelpfully, describe the new effort as “melodic & psychedelic”. Did you also know that the sky is blue?
Will 2021 be a year that finds the band released five albums, like in 2017? That year’s first offering was Flying Microtonal Banana, just in case you were worried that these guys didn’t have a sense of humour. Whatever comes from the band of merry musicians, it will most assuredly be a dense, sprawling, thoroughly far out experience.
Butterfly 3000 is set for a June 11th release.