The members of King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard showcase their fanciest footwork within the video for his or her new track “Hate Dancin’,” the lead single from their third album of this month, Adjustments, which arrives Oct. 28.
Filmed, edited and directed by John Angus Stewart in 2020 on the band’s Australian headquarters, the clip is the primary style of Adjustments, the genial, methodically composed, soul- and jazz-tinged follow-up to 2 consecutive jam-based albums, Ice, Dying, Planets, Lungs, Mushrooms and Lava and Laminated Denim. As he dips into the occasional falsetto, frontman Stu Mackenzie vacillates between retreating from the proverbial dance flooring to ultimately embracing its delights: “Simply jokin’ / I like it / I used to be simply kidding / I like it.”
Every of the seven songs on Adjustments are constructed across the identical chord development, an idea pretty frequent in jazz however uncommon on the planet of rock’n’roll. This block of music dates way back to 2017 and represents the longest King Gizzard has ever labored on a venture earlier than really releasing it.
“When Stu began to fiddle with these concepts, he was nonetheless attempting to wrap his head round them, not to mention us,” group member Joey Walker tells SPIN. “We booked some studio time to document the songs, which had been probably going to be the fifth of the five-album 12 months in 2017, however it simply wasn’t fairly there for numerous causes — perhaps our technical potential or potential to know when to cease or when it was achieved. I simply don’t suppose we had been fairly prepared. They had been placed on the back-burner for a very long time, till naturally Stu picked them up once more. In the course of the pandemic, we stuffed out the album a bit extra and did some recording. This 12 months, we completed it out on the street with some overdubs after we had been in Europe. It’s an attention-grabbing one, as a result of each time I take into consideration taking part in it, actually my mind hurts. Simply to re-enter these songs, entering into chilly, it’s actually laborious. Not being as assured at that degree of idea, you actually must be all in.”
“It’s nearly the other of what we’ve been doing with Ice, Dying…” group member Lucas Harwood provides. “With that, every track is one key, and it’s closely improvised. I’ve been loving taking part in these songs dwell, since you get into this zone the place you don’t really must suppose that a lot. You’ll be able to simply type of really feel it and vibe off of one another. With these Adjustments songs, you must focus actually laborious (laughs).”
Requested if this melodic constraint may have resulted in music that was, say, thrash-y or folk-y, Walker solutions with a chuckle, “positively not.” Says Harwood, “It positively goes totally different locations, however to me, it seems like pop with jazz idea. None of those songs are actually quick both, apart from perhaps ‘Gondhi,’ and I discover that simpler, as a result of you might have extra time to consider the following observe (laughs). It’s actually cool that this document is being launched subsequent to Ice, Dying… and Laminated Denim, as a result of it’s nearly the antithesis. It’s actually structured and constructed. I believe the followers are actually going to love that as a distinction to those different actually jammy data, that are nice in their very own proper and really enjoyable to play dwell.”
Past in the present day’s new video, Gizzard can also be teasing a separate quick movie, Sleeping Monster, with extra data coming Wednesday (Oct. 19). The group will play its greatest North American headlining present thus far on Friday at Forest Hills Tennis Stadium in Queens, N.Y. and can wrap this leg of touring with the third of three “marathon three-hour units” on Nov. 2 at Pink Rocks outdoors Denver. All three can be found for delayed streaming via Nugs.