With one of the best band names in psych-rock, if not all music, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard are back, once again, with their latest effort, ‘Rattlesnake’.
If you follow the band at all you will know of their prolific output rate and back catalogue of music. Not satisfied with just one album in the space of year, the band are adding to April’s Nonagon Infinity, with their new collection, Flying Microtonal Banana set for release in January. On top of that, they’re planning a monumental 2017 with the goal of making 5 albums!
‘Rattlesnake’ is a huge 7-minute overture that picks up where Nonagon Infinity took off. Driving drum beats (powered by two drummers), pulsing basslines and vocals twinned with guitar melodies are an expected feature on ‘Rattlesnake’ considering the nature of Nonagon Infinity.
King Gizzard are already known for their boundary pushing experimentalism, with work spanning a number of genres from jazz to psych-rock, but they have gone one step further this time, trying out a microtonal guitar. This means that they play in smaller intervals than the standard semitones, which also means the band have had to modify the rest of their instruments just to stay in tune. Madness. But these are the sort of formatical intracacies that make King Gizzard so appealing.
Even if you don’t like them, it’s a listening experience in itself. Give it a try anyway.