King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard in West Hollywood, CA - photo credit: Marcos Manrique

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard in West Hollywood, CA

Australian based band, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard played a sold out in-between Coachella show at the Roxy in West Hollywood. King Gizzard is composed of seven utility musicians. Whether it was one of the many guitarists switching to keys, or vocals switching to the harmonica, the band demonstrated a huge range in versatility in interchanging between instruments.

The 17-song set list featured crowd favorites including “Rattlesnake,” “Sleep Drifter,” “Billabong Valley,” “Doom City,” “Nuclear Fusion,” “Open Water” and “Anoxia,” all off of the recently released Flying Microtonal Banana. The saga of songs also included “Altered Beast” and “Alter Me” from Murder Of The Universe, one of five albums to be released this summer.

King Gizzard is wild, outrageous and technically a very sound band. Almost unorthodox, the band features two drummers and thus two drum kits. This reviewer had never seen such syncopation within a performance. When they weren’t playing along to each other, one drum kit would be for rhythm while the other would dabble in accented fills. The performance would not have been as powerful or as loud if there was only one drummer.

The crowd was just as powerful as King Gizzard’s performance. While the guitars were shredding away, the audience engaged in rambunctious crowd surfing and moshing. The crowd looked natural, like they were in their element among other King Gizzard fans.

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard are talented in their craft as musicians, but also welcome a warm and friendly environment that overlaps their rough and rigid psych rock sounds.

Words by Whitney Levine | Photos by Marcos Manrique

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