Australia’s King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard made its Connecticut debut recently performing an aggressive, yet wildly diverse set at New Haven’s College Street Music Hall. The band is known for its chameleon-esque shape-shifting as a psychedelic rock outfit that smoothly diverges into prog rock, psychedelic pop, indie rock, and garage rock on whims.
The band’s latest album, Infest the Rats’ Nest, is its heaviest album to date, diving headfirst into thrash metal just six months after the blues-rock boogies of Fishing For Fishes. The album’s galloping drums and army of guitars were alive and present as the band, led by singer/guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Stu Mackenzie, scorched the stage with skintight arrangements, maximum velocity, and face-melting, ear-splitting mania.
Despite the fact that the album was laid down by just three members—Mackenzie, fellow guitarist Joey Walker, and drummer Michael Cavanagh—the reunited King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard was a pulsating force with double drummers, synths, keyboards, maracas, multiple guitars, and trippy visuals. Photographer Matt Esposito captured all the madness (below), including shots of openers ORB and Stonefield.
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