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King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard @ The Gov


King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard @ The Gov

Kate Sansome

King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard are one of those bands that are constantly pumping out albums, with the Geelong based group releasing their fourth album in the past eighteen months.

Their latest offering, Nonagon Infinity, which is a high energy, face-melting record - with each track flowing on to the next, and the final track looping back to the opening track for the 'World's first infinity looping LP.'  On Thursday night, the seven-piece took their mind-tripping, psychedelic, garage rock to a sold out show at The Gov for the second night of their Nonagon Infinity national tour.  King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard's craziness was joined by Melbourne three-piece, ORB.

Image via Matt Bird

Image via Matt Bird

The venue was already nearly packed before ORB had even started playing and once the boys began walking on stage, the entire crowd rushed to swarm the front. Immediately you could see why the three-piece were picked to open for King Gizzard, as they pumped out their own take on the psych-rock genre.  In comparison to King Gizzard, their style was a bit more laid back, with minimal vocals and the bare minimum of instruments. Although, the group was nothing short of entertaining as they transcended us into another dimension by experimenting with time signatures and progressive sounds, whilst creating something both unsettling and comforting.

All seven members of King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard waltzed onto the stage and with a short introduction, jumped straight into Nonagon Infinity opener, Robot Stop. The crowd absolutely went off with sweaty bodies thrown around whilst those unable to handle the crazy, hectic mosh pit, stumbled out, shaking their heads in absolute defeat.  

King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard were impeccable live, sounding exactly the same as the record despite that each track is filled with so many layers and textures, it is surprising how well all seven members can keep up and sound so incredibly tight live. The first half of their set was a bunch of tracks from Nonagon Infinity, with each flawlessly flowing onto the other, just like the album does. The entire crowd sang along to Big Gig Wasp, Gamma Knife, People Vultures and Mr Beat, with the crowd screaming in excitement as vocalist, Stu Mackenzie began playing the flute.  King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard's set was also filled with some of their older material, with I'm In Your Mind, Cellophane and Trapdoor proving to be crowd favourites.  

King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard’s live show was actually insane, with all seven members having electrifying stage presence with the whole rooming mirroring the energy coming from the two drum kits.  Since seeing the seven piece live, their studio recordings cannot quite match how extraordinary and insane the group is live.

Check out our King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard photo gallery here

All images taken by Matt Bird