Planet B, the heavy single and video by King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard

Australian band, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, are anything but an ordinary psychedelic rock group. Operating their own label has allowed them to creatively control everything about their music, and their model, which included releasing five albums last year, is anything but mainstream. Their work has developed over the years and though they started as a lo-fi surf rock band, their catalog has grown to include jazz, folk, progressive rock, soundtrack-like concept albums, and healthy doses of stoner rock and metal. With 13 full-length albums since 2010, not to mention EPs and singles, KGATLW have proven to be prolific and hard-working. In addition, their performances are high energy and very tight. Their music can be found on bandcamp.

Fishing for Fishies is the band’s forthcoming album, due on April 26th. Judging by the diverse string of singles that have been released to promote the album, it seems to be more in the vein of a sampler album like Gumboot Soup, rather than a consistent concept album such as Microtonal Flying Banana, or most of their other work. One mystery however, is the new single and music video, Planet B. Planet B doesn’t appear on the tracklist for Fishies, so some speculate that it might be an unrelated release or part of another album. What we do know however, is that the song is awesome.

Released along with a music video on April 9, Planet B is very different from the other material being promoted. With a noticeably heavier and thrashier spin, Planet B seems to be more of a throwback to bands like Metallica and Megadeth. It echoes the style that the band generated for the song The Great Chain of Being and bandleader Stu Mackenzie channels singers like Al Cisneros and James Hetfield with his commanding vocals.

KGATLW have long put out material that seeks to draw attention to climate change. The lyrics of Planet B very much follow in that tradition, with lyrics such as, “There is no Planet B.” The vocals also explore concepts of space travel and colonization.

The band’s videos are typically psychedelic and creative. Planet B keeps that creativity but takes things in a darker, more violent direction, involving the band as orange cloaked psych inmates, as well as a violent, conspiratorial plot to silence the band members. Check out the song and music video below, along with the band’s tour dates.

June 27 Forum Melbourne – Melbourne, VIC

June 27 Forum Melbourne – Melbourne, VIC

June 28 Forum Melbourne – Melbourne, VIC

July 03 The Tivoli – Brisbane, QLD

July 04 The Tivoli – Brisbane, QLD

July 05 Roundhouse, UNSW – Sydney, NSW

July 06 Roundhouse, UNSW – Sydney, NSW

July 12 Thebarton Theatre – Adelaide, SA

July 13 Astor Theatre – Perth, WA

July 14 Astor Theatre – Perth, WA

July 26 Naeba Ski Resort – Niigata, Japan

Aug 13 Greek Theatre – Los Angeles, CA

Aug 14 Svn West – San Francisco, CA

Aug 15 Svn West – San Francisco, CA

Aug 16 Roseland Theater – Portland, OR

Aug 17 Harbour Event Centre – Vancouver, BC

Aug 18 Paramount Theatre – Seattle, WA

Aug 20 The Depot – Salt Lake City, UT

Aug 21 Mission Ballroom – Denver, CO

Aug 23 Riverside Theatre – Milwaukee, WI

Aug 24 Aragon Ballroom – Chicago, IL

Aug 25 Rebel Toronto – Toronto, ON

Aug 26 L’Olympia de Montréal – Montreal, QC

Aug 27 College Street Music Hall – New Haven, CT

Aug 28 SummerStage, Central Park – New York, NY

Aug 30 Franklin Music Hall – Philadelphia, PA

Aug 31 9:30 Club – Washington, DC

Sep 01 New Belgium Brewing Company – Asheville, NC

Sep 02 Tabernacle presented by Cricket Wireless – Atlanta, GA

Sep 03 Joy Theater – New Orleans, LA

Sep 04 Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater – Austin, TX

Sep 06 The Bomb Factory – Dallas, TX

Sep 30 Rock City – Nottingham, UK

Oct 01 Barrowland Ballroom – Glasgow, UK

Oct 02 O2 Academy Leeds – Leeds, UK

Oct 03 O2 Victoria Warehouse Manchester – Manchester, UK

Oct 05 Alexandra Palace – London, UK

Oct 06 TivoliVredenburg – Utrecht, Netherlands

Oct 07 TivoliVredenburg – Utrecht, Netherlands

Oct 08 Ancienne Belgique (AB) – Brussels, Belgium

Oct 11 Carlswerk Victoria – Cologne, Germany

Oct 12 Columbiahalle – Berlin, Germany

Oct 13 Rockhal Club – Esch Sur Alzette, Luxembourg

Oct 14 L’OLYMPIA – Paris, France

Oct 15 Alcatraz – Milan, Italy

Oct 16 X-TRA – Zürich, Switzerland

Oct 18 La Riviera – Madrid, Spain

Oct 19 Razzmatazz – Barcelona, Spain

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