King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, a band that originally started out as a self-admitted “joke”, came all the way from Melbourne, Australia to play New York City’s Bowery Ballroom this weekend. With a name like that, seven members, a harmonica and a jazz harp in their camp, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard does sound admittedly ridiculous, but their live show and musical repertory is anything but. The psychedelic-rock band is on their fifth album and played to a sold out room.
Organized chaos is the best way to describe the band’s set. Trippy visuals were projected on the background and perfectly supported their eclectic sound. Set highlights were “Hot Wax” off their last album Oddments, which has growly lizard-esque vocals and pounding bass, and “Cellophane”, which sent many audience members crowd surfing and moshing like mad-men (and women).
As is often the case with psychedelic music, it either clicks or it doesn’t. Not every band can be Yes or Jefferson Airplane, but King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard come close. Not to mention, they have the coolest merch I’ve seen.
Written by Alessandra Licul