Album Review Bonus Round: King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – Willoughby’s Beach EP
November 9, 2011
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In the midst of one of our most intense exam periods, our blog posts have dried up. To make it up to you guys, I’m going to write-up a heap of short, sharp reviews of albums released in the last few weeks that I haven’t had time to review. It’s the ALBUM REVIEW BONUS ROUND!!!! Then I can get back to procrastinating on XKCD and other web-comics.
One of my favourite releases of recent months has been King Gizzard & the Wizard Lizard’s Willoughby’s Beach EP. This up-and-coming band have really picked up in the last few months, with a number of their tracks being featured on Triple J. Throw in a number of festival appearances at Meredith, Big Day Out and The Espy’s NYE celebrations and the band will be huge come the end of summer.
The band is leading a garage, surf-rock wave out of Melbourne at the moment, and with tracks like Dead-Beat and Danger $$$, it’s easy to see why they have become noticed. There’s even a track inspired by Essendon football great Dustin Fletcher, the aptly titled Dustbin Fletcher.
Similar to the way Wavves stole No Jackets’ hearts in the last year, Willoughby’s Beach combines your standard surf rock sound with lo-fidelity guitars to give a swampy, murky rock noise. Their exuberance has got them this far, I would not be surprised if it gets them further.