I travelled up to Toronto one day before NXNE started for good reason… King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard (Psych / Garage Rock from Australia) was coming back to Toronto and I had to see them again. After all, they are the best band I’ve seen live that’s not called The Hives. Also on the bill was Tough Age and Pow Wows. Both bands are VERY impressive in their own right and showed why they deserved to share the stage with King Gizzard. The fact that all three of these bands were on one bill made me circle this concert date months in advance. The first two times I saw King Gizzard was last year during Canadian Music Week in 2014 where they absolutely blew my mind. Over the past year, the band has found a healthy rumpus following and it seemed the majority of the “romp” were at the new Adelaide Hall last night.
King Gizzard’s live set last night was loud, unpredictable and incredibly catchy (with more guitar riffs than I remember). The crowd continually slammed themselves into the stage which accompanied the band’s thunderous psychedelic rock / trance-like styles. It was a full-blown party. Guitar slaying, microphone devouring, psych flute playing, King Gizzard himself, Stu Mackenzie (Lead singer) successfully body surfed under welcoming hands before getting into their final track, “Head On Pill”. By the end of it all, everyone was drenched in either sweat or beer and quite okay about it all. Adelaide Hall got a pretty severe workout and seemed to withstand the test from seven-piece from down under.
Video clips from last night:
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Check out music from each band below.
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – “Cellophane”
Tough Age – “Snakes & Ladders”
Pow Wows – “I Can See But You Don’t Know”