The band will be creating videos for each chapter of the infinitely looping album, as Dangerous Minds reported. The Gamma Knife video even caught the attention of legendary filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky, who The FADER notes praised its “strength, imagination, and sense of rhythm”. Watch both videos below, and catch the band on tour now.
“Nonagon infinity opens the door,” sings Stu Mackenzie, frontman of Australian psych-rockers King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard. It turns out, though, that once the door’s open, it never closes. That’s because the Melbourne septet has ingeniously crafted what may be the world’s first infinitely looping LP. Each of the nine, complex, blistering tracks on ‘Nonagon Infinity’ seamlessly flows into the next, with the final song linking straight back into the top of the opener like a sonic mobius strip. It’s exactly the kind of ambitious vision that prompted Rolling Stone to dub the band “one of the most compelling collectives of art-rock experimentalists in recent years.” But far from a simple conceptual experiment, the album is both an exhilarating shot of adrenaline and a remarkable feat of craftsmanship, the result of painstaking planning and an eye for detail years in the making.
The roots of ‘Nonagon Infinity’ stretch back to 2014, when King Gizzard recorded their critically acclaimed album “I’m In Your Mind Fuzz,” which was hailed by Pitchfork as “dense, intricately crafted, and most importantly, powerful.”
“We actually wanted to do this with ‘Mind Fuzz,’ but it just didn’t work,” explains Mackenzie. “We ended up writing songs that needed to be on that record but didn’t connect to the others, so we had to abandon the idea, but the seeds were sown.”
To an outsider, it may have seemed like the band had completely given up on the concept, as the ever-prolific group quickly followed ‘Mind Fuzz’ with two more records in 2015, ‘Quarters’—described by The Guardian as “the neon intersection of DIY psych and 1960s beach pop”—and the stripped-down ‘Paper Mache Dream Balloon,’ which earned praise from NPR to Stereogum. The truth, though, was that King Gizzard was honing in on the ‘Nonagon Infinity’ material the whole time, test-driving various tracks in their explosive live shows to prep for the monumental task of stitching them all together into one searing, multi-movement epic.
“We really wanted to focus on things that felt good live,” says Mackenzie. “We’d grab a little riff here or a little groove there, and we’d jam on them and form songs out of them, which was the opposite of ‘Paper Mache,’ where we were making songs in an acoustic, classic-songwriting kind of way. I wanted to have an album where all these riffs and grooves just kept coming in and out the whole time, so a song wasn’t just a song, it was part of a loop, part of this whole experience where it feels like it doesn’t end and doesn’t need to end.”
Recorded at Daptone Studios in Brooklyn, the final result is an intricate and immersive listening experience. Lyrical refrains and musical motifs establish themselves and then submerge beneath the chaos, only to resurface unexpectedly later like familiar companions on a labyrinthine journey. Motorhead-grade riffs give way to King Crimson and Yes-levels of prog complexity, as songs churn through unusual time signatures and shifting rhythms with blunt force, laying waste to everything in their path.
“I wanted it to feel like a horror or sci-fi movie,” explains Mackenzie of the album’s dark overtones. “The lyrics came as a stream of consciousness, all of these elements just falling out of my head as it was happening.”
“Big Fig Wasp” references a particularly macabre insect that must kill itself in order to perpetuate the species, while “Gamma Knife,” with its 11/8-time drum solo, is named for a surgical tool that burns cuts into the skin, and “People-Vultures” plays like a sinister film soundtrack. Album opener “Robot Stop” pulls more directly from the band’s recent experiences, inspired in part by their relentless work ethic and tour schedule, which has included festival performances at Bonnaroo, Glastonbury, Montreux Jazz & Roskilde as well as countless sold out dates in rooms across the USA, UK, Europe and Australia.
“That song’s about feeling overworked, like a bit of a robot that’s just going to crash and die or something,” he says with a laugh. “But you get yourself up and do it again and you robot on and you’re alright. It was one of the early ones we wrote for the record, and I think when that song came together, everybody started to feel like were going to actually be able to pull off this never-ending album idea.”
To say they pulled it off would be an understatement. The record is a force to be reckoned with on par with the road trains Mackenzie references in the album’s final track.
“In the Australian desert, in the outback, there are what’s called road trains, which are these massive trucks pulling heaps of carriages that can end up being 50 meters long,” he explains. “They drive on the road really, really fast, and they’re deadly, with these bars in the front to kill kangaroos and anything else in their path.”
‘Nonagon Infinity’ has opened the door for King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, and they’re barreling ahead with more momentum than ever before now. Much like those road trains, with a band this good, the safest place to be is onboard.
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard are:
Stu Mackenzie – Guitar, lead vocals
Joe Walker – Guitar, vocals
Eric Moore – Drums
Ambrose Kenny-Smith – Harmonica, vocals
Lucas Skinner – Bass
Cook Craig – Guitar
Michael Cavanagh – Drums
Alabama Shakes Win GRAMMYs for Best Alternative Music Album, Best Rock Song, Best Rock Performance + Best Engineered Album!
Congratulations to Alabama Shakes on their GRAMMY wins!
Shawn Everett, Bob Ludwig, and the Alabama Shakes brought home the GRAMMY for Best Engineered Album (Non-Classical) for Sound & Color.
The band also took home trophies for Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance for “Don’t Wanna Fight” and Best Alternative Music Album. Sound & Color was also nominated for Album of the Year and Producer of the Year.
Get Sound & Color at iTunes: http://smarturl.it/shakes-scitunes
Tune in to CBS Monday night at 8PM EST for the live broadcast of the 58th GRAMMY awards! Alabama Shakes, whose album Sound & Color is nominated for six awards including Album of the Year, will perform at the ceremony. Other artists scheduled to perform include Adele, Kendrick Lamar, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, The Weeknd, and many more. ATO artist Brandi Carlile is also up for a GRAMMY this year – her album The Firewatcher’s Daughter is nominated for Best Americana Album.
Watch a remix of all the Album of the Year nominees, featuring “Don’t Wanna Fight”:
Join us at Blackheart (86 Rainey St, Austin TX) on March 17 for an official SXSW showcase with our friends at Harvest Records! ATO artists Margaret Glaspy, Rayland Baxter, Joseph, and Sun Club will be performing.
8PM – The Greeting Committee
9PM – Margaret Glaspy
10PM – Rayland Baxter
11PM – Joseph
12AM – Sun Club
1AM – Harriet
Allen Stone’s album Radius is now available in a deluxe edition with seven brand new tracks!
Bouncy, bright and a truly deluxe release with 21 total tracks, soul artist Allen Stone‘s Radius (Deluxe Edition) is out now. Made in close collaboration with Swedish soul singer/songwriter/phenom Magnus Tingsek and producers Benny Cassette (Kanye West) and Malay (Frank Ocean), Radius (Deluxe Edition) captures the warm energy of that creative connection and transports the listener to a higher and more exalted plane.
3/26 – 3/28 – Byron Bay, AUS – Byron Bay Bluesfest
3/30 – Marrickville, NSW – The Factory Theatre
3/31 – Melbourne, VIC – The Corner Hotel
4/11 – London, UK – Scala
4/12 – Paris, FRA – La Maroquinerie
4/13 – Bourges, FRA – Bourges Festival
4/15 – Barcelona, ESP – La2
4/16 – Madrid, ESP – Taboo
4/18 – Zurich, CHE – Papiersaal
4/19 – Milano, ITA – BIKO Club
4/20 – Munich, DEU – Strom
4/21 – Berlin, DEU – Bi Nuu
4/23 – Stockholm, SWE – Debaser Medis
4/24 – Oslo, NOR – John Dee
4/25 – Copenhagen, DNK – Pumpehuset
4/27 – Hamburg, DEU – Mojo Club
4/28 – Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso
4/29 – Nijmegen, NLD – Doornroosje
4/30 – Groningen, NLD – Oosterpoort
5/11 – Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater
5/12 – Des Moines, IA – Wooly’s
5/14 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues
5/15 – Cleveland, OH – The Grog Shop
5/17 – Nashville, TN – 3rd & Lindsley
5/18 – Richmond, VA – The Broadberry
5/19 – Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theatre
5/20 – Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theater
5/21 – Virginia Beach, VA – Chic’s Beach Festival
5/27 – 5/29 – George, WA – Sasquatch! Festival
6/4 – Vienna, VA – Wolf Trap
6/4 – 6/5 – Houston, TX – Free Press Summer Festival
6/9 – 6/12 – Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo
8/5 – Mammoth Lakes, CA – Mammoth Festival of Beers and Bluesapalooza
“Complex, deceptively heavy riffs with vocals that really stand out and grab you by the throat.” – Noisey
3/12 – Chicago, IL @ The Vic Theater ^
3/15-3/20 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
3/22 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club ^
4/12 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada +
4/13 – Austin, TX @ Lambert’s +
4/15 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar +
4/16 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo +
4/17 – San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s +
4/19 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios +
4/20 – Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern +
4/21 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux +
4/22 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court +
4/23 – Denver, CO @ Hi Dive +
4/25 – Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room +
4/26 – St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway +
4/27 – Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar +
5/22 – Northampton, MA @ Signature Sounds
6/13 – Charlotte, NC @ Visulite&
6/14 – Raleigh, NC @ Haw River Ballroom&
6/15 – Richmond, VA @ The Broadberry&
6/19 – Washington DC @ 9:30 Club&
6/21 – Portsmouth, NH @ 3S Artspace&
6/22 – Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall&
6/24 – Pawling, NY@ Daryl’s House&
^ With Lake Street Dive
+ With Mount Moriah
& With Lucius
“Sonic debauchery, as intoxicating as it is lawless.” – Stereogum
Weds 3/16 – New Shapes Party @ Barracuda at 12:00 pm
Thurs 3/17 – ATO Official Showcase @ Blackheart (86 Rainey St) at 12:00AM
Fri 3/18 – The Yard @ 902 E Cesar Chavez at 7:30PM
Sat 3/19 – Do512’s The Big One @ Barracuda (611 E. 7th St.) at 12:30PM
Sat 3/19 – Floodfest @ Cedar Street Courtyard (208 W 4th St) at 3:00 PM
Apr-20 – Pittsburgh, PA – Cattivo
Apr-21 – Cleveland, OH – Now That’s Class
Apr-22 – Columbus OH – Rhumba Cafe
Apr-23 – Detroit, MI – UFO Factory
Apr-25 – Chicago, IL – Schubas
Apr-26 – Madison, WI – The Frequency
Apr-27 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th St Entry
Apr-28 – Milwaukee, WI – Cactus Club
Apr-29 – Indianapolis, IN – Joyful Noise
May 1 – Cincinnati, OH – MOTR
On April 15th, ATO will release Patty Griffin’s monumental 2002 album 1000 Kisses on vinyl for the first time. Newly remastered, it includes a 16 page 7.5” lyric booklet and digital download.
Griffin’s official 3rd album, Silver Bells, was held hostage in a typical post 90’s major label vice of mergers, layoffs, and uncertainty about what to do with an actual artist. With the album on the shelf indefinitely (it eventually saw the light in 2013), Griffin was free to follow her instincts creatively. Around the same time, her guitarist Doug Lancio was building an informal home studio in his Nashville basement and suggested she come by to do some recording for fun. Griffin says: “I had all these songs that got passed over for other records because they weren’t obvious pop songs… so I said to Doug, ‘Why don’t we co-produce my next record?’”. 1000 Kisses was recorded over 5 days. It was the first of 4 albums for ATO and went on to be nominated for a Grammy award.
If you were watching the Bonnaroo lineup announcement on Conan last night, you may have been confused and asked yourself, “What is The Claypool Lennon Delirium?” This morning Rolling Stone answered that question and debuted the duo’s first single “Cricket and the Genie” from their new album coming this year.
“Sean and I hit it off during our Primus, Dinosaur Jr., GOASTT summer tour. We had a few backstage, acoustic jamborees that I found interesting but when he sat in with us and melted our faces with his guitar during Southbound Pachyderm, I realized that this fella had some chops. Primus was about to take some time off and I was gearing up a new project so I asked Sean if he’d like to come to Rancho Relaxo and see if we couldn’t get some interesting sounds on tape. Next thing I know he’s staying in my guesthouse over the holidays and we’re drinking vino, hunting mushrooms and throwing musical pasta at the walls.
One thing I think folks will be surprised by is what a monster of a guitar player Sean is. Not only does he have technical ability, but also the sounds that come out of his rig tend to be pretty bent and compelling. His DNA definitely shines through, though it isn’t just his father’s musical sensibilities that he reflects but also his mother’s abstract perspective, which to me, makes for a glorious freak stew.
Basically it was like two guys being stuck in a tree fort full of instruments and vintage recording gear, trying to keep up with each other’s musical and lyrical output. It was a very easy and natural record to make and not only have Sean and I become very good friends but he has been embraced by my family like an eccentric, surrogate uncle; sitting at the dinner table nightly debating with my daughter about everything from pop culture to politics. He’s a good egg. I look forward to traveling around in a shiny box with him this summer, playing this music for the folks.
I have to say…It’s pretty cool being in a band with Neil Diamond’s nephew.”
2016 is off to an explosive start for Brandi Carlile – with her first ever GRAMMY nomination (for Best Americana Album) and a stunning performance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Watch her performance of “The Things I Regret below, and check out her new tour dates HERE.