By Brendan Reid
Tuesday June 5th, 2018
Vancouver is a city blessed by greenery, and few venues make use of this setting quite like the Malkin Bowl. Immersed in the trees of Stanley Park, the Malkin Bowl gives off festival vibes, and is at the mercy of Vancouver’s predictable weather. However, a smattering of rain did nothing to quell the spirits of King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard fans.
The band soldiered on through the haze with groove-laden majesty, and gave a performance that was energetic, fun, and utterly infectious. Proceedings began with “Digital Black,” “Vomit Coffin,” and other choice cuts from Murder Of The Universe. These songs immediately demonstrated the band’s instrumental proficiency. King Gizzard is seven members strong, consisting of three guitarists (two of whom sing lead vocals), a bass guitarist, a keyboard player, and two drummers.
The set then drifted into songs from Polygondwanaland, Gumboot Soup, and Nonagon Infinity, and touched on just about everything the modern fan could want to hear. Often concerts become tiresome as they go on, but not so with King Gizzard, and no one wanted the music to end. But end it did, promptly at 10pm. The stage lights stayed on, the instruments were left out, and an encore was all but assured.
The crowd screamed and chanted, but as the minutes dragged on, it became clear that King Gizzard was not coming back. This ending left a bad taste in ones mouth. Despite the ungraceful finish, King Gizzard played an incredible set. They continue to prove themselves as a band with droves of creativity and exciting potential, as well as the staying power to realize it. One can only dream about what they’ll do next, and if their track record is any indication, we won’t have to wait long to find out.King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Malkin Bowl