Smashed Vinyl's Callum Madle, gives us retrospective look at the madness that engulfed London's Brixton Academy back in February when King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard came to town.
Fresh off the release schedule madness of five albums in one year, King Gizzard and the Lizard have proven themselves to be a band of great musical and technical aptitude, effortlessly transcending numerous genres throughout their extensive discography. While in many ways their setlist for the O2 Academy may have failed to convey such variety, any microtonal monotony was made up for by a voracious, brutal audio-visual experience.
The atmosphere that engulfed Brixton Academy after the opening act Mild High Club thoroughly defied any expectations held by someone (like myself) who expected hints of ‘Paper Mâché Dream Balloon’, or the tranquil ‘Oddments’. Despite the set starting half an hour later than planned, the powerful thrum of fan favourite ’Rattlesnake’ allayed the disquiet of the waiting throng of fans (among whom were director of Baby Driver, Edgar Wright and Flight of the Conchords’ Bret McKenzie).
What followed was an aural bombardment, teetering between psychedelia and heavy rock, impervious to convention and conformity. The palpable fervour of the Brixton Academy was thoroughly satiated by a band on top form, seamlessly crossing between material from ‘Flying Microtonal Banana’, ’Gumboot Soup’, and ’Nonagon Infinity’ to name a few. There was no single dominating presence on the stage, each member of the group played an equally important role to craft the ferocious sound that sought to eviscerate the hearing of every crowd member, so for any hearing damage I hold them all complicit.
Also worth a mention were the incredible hallucinogenic visuals courtesy of Jason Galea, complimenting the excellence served by King Gizzard, witnessed by a sold-out venue. The performance will surely affirm King Gizzard’s reputation as one of the most creative and entertaining bands of the moment.