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King Gizzard Release New Songs and Announce 'Bloody Ripper Tour' April/May 2012
Since the release of last year's debut EP Willoughby's Beach, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard have been pretty busy. The 7 piece opened Meredith Music Festival and won a plum slot at Melbourne’s Big Day Out. Just recently the band were invaded on stage during their Warrandyte Festival performance and from all reports they killed it when supporting Girl Talk earlier this year. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard are well and truly gaining a reputation as one of the country’s most exciting live acts.
During mid April the band once again teamed up with Melbourne Producer Paul Maybury to start work on their debut album in Paul’s warehouse studio. Rising from the sessions is a new song ‘Bloody Ripper’ and its b-side ‘Sam Cherry's Last Shot’, narrated by The Dingoes singer, Broderick Smith. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard approached their new material for the first time as a solid 7 member collaboration, resulting in a whole heap of exciting new sounds. ‘Bloody Ripper’ is a good indication of what to expect from the band’s album, due for release later this year.
In celebration of ‘Bloody Ripper’ King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard will be hitting the road this April/May playing at some of their favourite venues.
THE BLOODY RIPPER TOUR
29 April – Bar Open, Melbourne
4 May – The National Hotel, Geelong
5 May – The Edinburgh Castel, Adelaide
10 May – Goodgod Small Club, Sydney
12 May – Judith Wright Centre, Brisbane
19 May – Brisbane Hotel, Hobart
"So I made the last minute decision to go check out King Gizzard And The Wizard Lizard as they launch their new EP Anglesea last Friday night. Good decision. The Grace band room was jam packed, hot & sweaty – which seems the natural habitat of King Gizzard. The show was wild and frenetic like Charlie Sheen on a Monday night. The Gizz had the whole room spazzing out to their psychedelic, surfcoast garage rock. Frontman Stu Mackenzie gives a no holds barred performance swollowing microphones, spilling blood over the audience and his fender and taking the show into the crowd whilst he let’s off random yelps and squeals. The rest of the band follow suite like a violent onstage orgy of sounds and instruments. The highlights were tracks from the EP they were launching that night, Eddie Cousin, Fried and Good to Me. I managed to pinch one of the EPs that they were selling for petrol money to get home and I must admit it’s bloody good. They capture the energy of the live show pretty well and it’s a home job too. This review is my payment as I felt guilty when the blonde chick in the front row who seemed to be the guardian of the treasured cds started giving me the stink eye for my opportunistic acquisition."