Sunday, March 18, 2018

Live: King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard @ Fuzz Club (Athens, March 16th, 2018)

The first ever show by King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard in Athens could not have come at a better time. The Australian psych-rock explorers have always been extremely prolific, but releasing five albums during the course of last year must certainly be some kind of record!

With so much new material constantly coming our way it was rather hard to keep up with them lately, but watching them perform live a 90-minute summation of their more recent body of work is undoubtedly the best way to experience their ever expanding universe of sound and a definitive affirmation, if you need one, that guitar rock music is way too exciting to ever go away. It may go "out of fashion" for a while (like it seems to be at the moment), but the fire is still burning somewhere and all it takes is just a little fuel to rage uncontrollably again.

The seven-piece Melbourne band, with its delicious mix of psychedelia, garage punk, metal and progressive rock creates an explosive, genuinely exciting sound that earns them more and more fans each year, not because of any type of hype, but only thanks to their hard work and their seemingly inexhaustible creativity. Their sold-out Athens gig was proof that King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard are among the most capable keepers of the rock flame that we currently have, working tirelessly to create the fuel that will feed the fire again. After a frantic 2017, it’s certainly exciting to see where their unpredictable journey will take them next.

The show opened by Montero, the band led by musician and cartoonist Ben Montero, whose eccentric take on progressive rock and '70s soft rock is not my cup of tea. Although their live performance left me unimpressed, they do sound much more interesting on record as you can listen here, where you can stream their new album "Performer".

Montero, live @ Fuzz Club (Athens, March 16, 2018)
Check out below one of the highlights of King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard’s set, the excellent "Rattlesnake" off their first and perhaps best album of 2017, "Flying Microtonal Banana":

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard - Rattlesnake (live @ Fuzz Club)

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, live @ Fuzz Club (Athens, March 16, 2018)

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