October 5, 2017 // Boulder, CO
Article By: Ryan Bigham
When I first told friends I was going to see a band named “King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard”, henceforth referred to as “King Gizz,” they were amused. They all thought the name was hilarious. If those friends were also at the concert I attended, they wouldn’t be laughing, but their ears would still be ringing, and their heads would still be banging from the incredible show that King Gizz put on.
King Gizz is a seven-man, psychedelic/garage rock band, hailing all the way from Melbourne, Australia. Some people would argue the heat fried their brains, but I think that very same heat is transferred into their songs that fill their prolific discography. Currently, they have eleven albums released, three of which have been released in 2017 alone. In fact, they have promised to release four to five new studio albums this year alone, but I digress.
The scene inside the Fox on the night of October 5, was nothing less than slightly organized chaos. The brave soldiers I went with descended into the pit at the beginning of the show, but I remained above. That very same mosh pit was fast and brutal, pulsing in near symbiosis with the rhythm and tempo that King Gizz was performing at. The security was out, but I doubt they were paid enough to care, and for good reason. To stop the energy of the crowd, would’ve been nothing short of a crime itself. Of course, yours truly was not involved in it, as I couldn’t bear to have my artfully distressed Converse get any vomit on them. That, and I’m fairly sure I would’ve been snapped like a twig, but I digress.
The setlist for the night was equally incredible. The set featured a solid roundup of tracks from their most recent albums, like “Alter Me/Altered Beast I-IV,” as well as a few hits from a slightly older classic, Nonagon Infinity, such as their explosive opener “People-Vultures”, and a few surprise cuts from even older pieces, such as “The River.” Tracks like these, show the incredible versatility that King Gizz holds. With these tracks, we also learn that much like a restaurant, the customer is not always right. Watching people attempt to mosh to a slower and more contained song like “The River,” was confusing to say the least, but I suspect some drugs may or may not have been involved with it.
If what I’ve said here today has at the very least, sparked some interest in King Gizz, give their music a listen, and then try to get tickets to their next show. Who knows, I might just see you there. Be careful though, King Gizz has been known to burn with the soul of rock. Get too close, and you might get seared.