King Gizzard and the Wizard Lizard at Rickshaw Theatre

Monday 13th, June 2016 / 14:04
By Jennie Orton
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizzard at Rickshaw Theatre. Photo: Darrole Palmer

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizzard at Rickshaw Theatre.
Photo: Darrole Palmer

May 28, 2016

VANCOUVER — The dream of the 90s was alive and well at the Rickshaw on Saturday night as the throbbing locomotive of Aussie-flavoured Krautrock that is King Gizzard and the Wizard Lizard turned the crowd into a surging and surfing sea of riff hungry beasts. The lesson in relentlessness was given more meat thanks to the inclusion of long form tracks from the band’s recent release Nonagon Infinity, a self-described “never-ending album,” which is meant to be played on an endless loop. The debut single “Gamma Knife” was especially madness inducing, with its rumbling rhythm section made even more urgent by Gizzard’s twin drummers Eric Moore and Michael Cavanaugh and the adrenaline releasing presence of Ambrose Kenny Smith’s harmonica. Other treats included “Cellophane” and “Trapdoor”; the latter featuring frenetic flute solos by front man Stu Mackenzie, and the former fulfilling enough head thrashing riff desires to tide the crowd over for many days. This band has its finger on the pulse of the progressive psych experiment in a big way, but they never go so far that they can’t incite large movement from the crowd. They are an ambitious, unyielding, seven-piece V8 Interceptor of revving prog heft. If you ever wanted to get up to your balls in the muddy waters of ruthless swagger, these are the guys for you.

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