Melbourne pysch-rockers King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard have released four albums in less than two years with no sign of slacking off. While the seven-piece's previous record Paper Mâché Dream Balloon was mellow with flutes and acoustics, their latest work Nonagon Infinity is gnarly and back to their signature sound; driven by fuzzed guitars and face-melting psychedelia. Yewth had a chat with singer Stu Mackenzie ahead of the release of the physical record this Friday.
Caleb: A few months back I interviewed fellow band member Ambrose Kenny-Smith [King Giz/The Murlocs] and he said you’re just a "maniac genius" and if it wasn’t for you he’d be a shitter person.
Stu: Aw that’s nice of you Ambrose. Sweetheart.
Yeah. So you guys are a pretty tight band then?
Yeah, I mean, I guess it’s kind of cliché, but those other guys in the band are my best buddies and it’s nice in that sense.
You guys were in Europe recently touring, how was it?
It was pretty short. It was only three weeks and we played everyday and just had three days off and it was very busy and kind of hectic, but it was great. Got to play some place we’ve never been before.
So the new album, Nonagon Infinity, I feel like there’s a bit of symbolism.
The symbolism really is supposed to be a never-ending album. You know it sort of loops from the ninth song, loops back to the first song etc. And the nonagon is really just meant to be nine tracks, the nine-sided theme. I just sort of wanted it to have its own personality, you know, give it a name and keep referencing itself.
Yeah I must admit the first time I had a listen, I thought tracks were repeating. Obviously now it makes sense.
It’s like one big song. Motifs come in and and out and parts of songs end up in other parts of songs. It makes more sense when you listen to it start to finish.
I really dug the mellowness of your last record, Paper Mâché Dream Balloon. But, you actually started working on Nonagon Infinity before that right?
Yeah this was supposed to be next record before Paper Mâché released, but we all kind of felt like this one needed a bit more time to brew. So the concept for Paper Mâché was deliberately supposed to be opposite to this one, so it didn’t really interfere you know? So it’s acoustic and short songs and kind of not conceptual at all and the songs aren’t really linked or anything. This album has been a long time coming that’s for sure.
I guess it means you’ve really been able to mature those songs. Are you proud of this record?
I suppose so. I mean it’s the record we’ve put the most time into at least… I haven’t listened to it for ages now, which is kind of good.
I guess that’s the weird thing about working on something for so long, your ears kind of become accustomed to it.
Yeah. Exactly. You don’t even know what you’re listening to anymore.
So any plans for the Aussie Nonogon Infinity tour?
Definitely. I guess we don’t have anything super locked in yet, but we’ll do something reasonably soon.
Sweet. Lastly, do you have anything nice to say about Ambrose in this interview?
Ambrose is just like my cute little brother who I sort of have to look out for and kind of protect from the scary outside world… But he’s a sweetheart and he’s one of my best buddies.
You can stream Nonagon Infinity via NPR here, and buy it from your local record store this Friday the 29th of April.