The Bowery Ballroom
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

The Murlocs

Sat, May 14, 2016

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

The Bowery Ballroom

New York, NY

$16 advance / $18 day of show

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This event is 18 and over

Pre Show (7pm-doors)/Post Show Happy Hour Lower Level Lounge

 

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
Like many of the world’s greatest artists, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard are one of the most difficult bands to pin down. The Australian-based septet constantly zig when you think they’re about to zag.

Starting out in 2010 as a solid garage rock group, they’ve followed their collective muse wherever it chose to lead them, whether that be the bluesy alien psychedelia of their 2014 album Oddments or the expansive, almost jazzy, Dead-like head trips of Quarters! Or as frontman Stu Mackenzie puts it, “I always wanted to be a band where you would expect the unexpected each time, with each album being treated like a different phase.”

For their latest opus, they initially thought it was going to be filled with the darker, heavier material that the band has been playing live of late. But Mackenzie soon decided that it was time to put aside the longer, more conceptual pieces and go in a completely new direction. Hence, the band’s seventh album Paper Mâché Dream Balloon was recorded using nothing but acoustic instruments. The result is a lovely, lilting pop masterpiece that still evokes the same intoxicating exuberance as KGATLW’s most recent work, but with a more pastoral, communal feel to it.

That spirit came alive in the writing and recording process. Unlike the last two albums, there is no overarching theme tying it all together. So, rather than cooking the whole thing up as a group in the studio or rehearsal space, the various members of KGATLW wrote separately, bringing their songs to the group as they finished them. “There was a lot of collaboration,” says Mackenzie, “but in smaller combinations.”

That could have made for a schizophrenic batch of tunes, but the band are so deeply connected at this point that they each reached the same sonic conclusions, combining the rambling pulse of T. Rex (“The Bitter Boogie”), the free-spirited bliss of The Free Design (“Dirt”), and the countryside wanderings of late ‘60s Kinks (“Bone”, “Most of What I Like”).

While embracing the limitations of their choice of only acoustic sounds, KGATLW were able to get a little experimental as well. To fill out the sound, they borrowed a batch of instruments that they had never played before—clarinet, double bass, and cello, among them—and eked sounds and melodies out of them. That only helps to add to joyous jumble that is Paper Mâché Dream Balloon.

Too, the band eschewed traditional recording methods for most of this new LP. The bare bones of many of the songs were laid down by Mackenzie in a shipping container that sat on his parents’ farm on the Victorian coast of Australia. From there, the band stitched the rest of it together with overdubs and new recordings in their bedrooms and home studios, outside of the closing instrumental “Paper Mâché,” which was captured with the help of Unknown Mortal Orchestra bassist Jake Portrait while they were in New York.

As ever, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard aren’t going to rest in this acoustic wonderland for long. The band is already gearing up for another long stretch of touring, where they will be adapting some of these tunes for their electrified lineup as well as returning to the heavier material they were already working on.

“I think everyone knows what this band is about,” Mackenzie says. “I have always been afraid of being pigeonholed. The band personality is to try and do something that you wouldn’t expect.”

Mission accomplished.
The Murlocs
Tight-knit garage R&B outfit The Murlocs have unveiled Young Blindess, their second full-length LP.

Featuring the rollicking cuts 'Adolescence' and 'Rolling On', plus the just-released single 'Compensation' (premiered on Richard Kingsmill's '2016'), Young Blindness showcases a growth forged by a steadfast touring ethos across Australia – including a barnstorming appearance at Boogie Festival, plus support duties acts such as Mac DeMarco and Thee Oh Sees.

Young Blindness follows The Murlocs' 2014 debut LP Loopholes, building upon a solid foundation of distorted licks and melodic intuition. The hearty compositions are emboldened by the distinct vocal tremolo of singer Ambrose Kenny-Smith, soaring to impressive heights on tracks such as 'Think Out Loud' and title track 'Young Blindness'.

Lyrically, Young Blindness delves itself into an introspective vision while exerting riff-laden swagger. Themes of young paranoia and self-doubt are viewed through a lens of experience, exploring the blurred meeting point with an air of blues-borne world-weariness.

Since forming in Victoria's surf coast in 2011, The Murlocs have established themselves as a dynamic presence on stages throughout the country – entrenched within the prolific Flightless Records stable alongside King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard (who Ambrose also performs in), Love Migrate, The Babe Rainbow and more.

After launching Young Blindness, The Murlocs will go on to make their US live debut at the 2016 Levitation Festival, headlined by Ween, 13th Floor Elevators, and Brian Wilson.

Young Blindness is out Friday March 18 through Flightless / Remote Control.
Venue Information:
The Bowery Ballroom
6 Delancey St
New York, NY, 10002
http://www.boweryballroom.com/