King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard - Canadian Music Week 2014 Report Card

CMW Report Card ’14: King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard @ Wrongbar

Saturday, May 10. Even to an empty room, King Gizzard gives 20 minutes of full-on freakout.

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- May 11, 2014

Background/Composition: King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard is a large format Australian brat band all hopped up on psych punk. For fans of 13th Floor Elevators and Thee Oh Sees.

Name: D

Yeah, let's get it over with off the top: it's a bad name (but, in another sense, aren't they all?).

Attendance: F

Sure, there were a lot of great shows last night, but come on, CMW; there were as many people on stage as there were in the audience. Maybe that name scared 'em off. Word is: they fared much better Saturday afternoon at the Horseshoe's Aussie BBQ showcase. (Ed. Note: It was pretty packed, yes.)

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Commitment: A

They could've totally phoned it in. A "hey, at least we had a good show this afternoon, " take it easy when the stakes are low kind of thing, but nope, King Gizzard is a monarch who knows something about integrity. The guitars still wailed, the long hair still whipped around. Would have loved to see what they could make with the energy coming off a crowded room.

Hypnosis: B+

I couldn't whistle you a King Gizzard lick the moment after I left the building, but for the 20 minutes they played that one snaking jam, I was dialed in. Sure, it's decadent, but there's something criminally powerful about the work of twin drummers locked into a tight groove, and even more so when you pile on three swirling guitars.

FINAL GRADE: B

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