Terrible it might be, but King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard is a wholly suitable name for this seven-piece Australian psychedelic outfit, who metaphorically throw DayGlo paint at the studio walls without regard for taste – blues harmonica, double drummers, flute, beaty pop, heavily treated vocals – and see what emerges. They’re an extraordinary live act, and if their recordings can’t quite match that, their fifth album is still a ton of fun. They’re at their most exciting when they drone, but not in the mid-paced, two-chord way of so much modern psychedelia: their drone is played at Ramones pace, with Keith Moon fills from the two drummers, and thus the opening four tracks here meld into one 13-minute sprint through the inner wardrobes of your mind. It’s exhilarating, just as it is when they return to the hyperspeed drone for the closer, Her and I (Slow Jam II). Crucially, though, what comes in between is no disgrace either.
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard: I’m in Your Mind Fuzz review
Michael Hann is a freelance writer, and former music editor of the Guardian