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Soundbite: King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard

Every song on the record plays like the soundtrack to some magnificent, increasingly tense action sequence: the drums rattle on in the background, a harmonica squeals out, and fuzzed-out guitars harmonize endlessly. I dare you to keep your foot from tapping along.

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I heard of King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard through a friend who swears they’re the best live band he’s ever seen. Having now listened to Nonagon Infinity, I can at least say they sound like a band we need at the moment.

Reminiscent of Peter Gabriel, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard’s eighth studio album is everything a summer album should be: energetic, reckless, and most importantly, fun. Opener “Robot Stop” is full of staccato guitar riffs and drum fills every couple of seconds. The entire album seems to be the result of fast-paced, tightly-constructed instrumentalism coupled with just enough traditional folk and blues influences to create a sound that’s somehow still modern.

Every song on the record plays like the soundtrack to some magnificent, increasingly tense action sequence: the drums rattle on in the background, a harmonica squeals out, and fuzzed-out guitars harmonize endlessly.

I dare you to keep your foot from tapping along.

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