The 2019/2020 Australian bushfire season began in November and has continued to rage on into 2020. As of today, 29 people have been killed. An estimated 2,683 homes have been destroyed in the blazes. Around 18,626,000 hectares (46,000,000 acres) have been incinerated. Nearly one billion animals have died in the fires with some unique Australian species being driven to the brink of extinction.
If you’re looking for a way to support causes that will benefit Australia during this difficult time, consider King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard. The Melbourne multi-genre group has always been conscious and vocal about climate change and environmental causes and now they have released three live albums with 100% of the proceeds going to support Wildlife Victoria. The mission of the organization is to protect animals through rescue, education, and advocacy.
The three live albums by the band are each listed for $10 AUS ($6.90 US). Each album is accompanied with the beautiful, unique art by band artist Jason Galea, and packed with over an hour of live music. Since January 10, the band has released Live in Paris ’19, Live in Adelaide ’19, as well as Live in Brussels ’19. Again, consider supporting Wildlife Victoria by buying one or more of these high quality live albums from King Gizzard. The albums can be bought on Bandcamp by following the links on this page.
Pseudo Mind Hive is a psychedelic stoner rock band from Melbourne, Australia. They formed in 2007. The five member band is made up of Jack Ainsworth on bass, Samuel Drew-Rumoro on drums, Christopher Hockey on guitar, Mark Vincini on guitar, and new member Jess Joannou on organ and synths. All members contribute vocals. They just released their second full length, Of Seers and Sirens, a followup to their debut album, From Elsewhere, which was released in 2018. The band is signed to Salty Dog Records, a label based in Brunswick East, Australia.
“rounds of progressive patterns and guitar leads”
Though the definition varies according to who you ask, most will agree that stoner rock requires a few basic ingredients: fuzzy, overdriven guitars with heavy riffs, thunderous drums and crashing cymbals, a fat bass sound, rounds of progressive patterns and guitar leads, complex turnarounds and changeups, psychedelic lyrics, and it doesn’t hurt if your vocalist sounds just a little bit like Ozzy. Throw in a some spacey synthesizers and grinding organs for good measure and Pseudo Mind Hive checks all of these marks, cementing themselves firmly in the scene with their brand of heavy, psychedelic stoner rock. If you enjoy bands like Elder or Howling Giant, you’re going to dig Pseudo Mind Hive.
Of Seers and Sirenswas released on October 25, 2019. It’s a heavy concept album filled with psychedelic textures, mythical lyrics, complex, progressive arrangements, and hypnotic dynamics. It’s also not afraid of being solely instrumental as shown on the heavy bonus track, Solstice. The album has a mythical, Homeric vibe and many of the songs reference ocean voyages and adventures, such as the mention of sirens on the title track. There’s also a tip of the hat to the famous scientist in the sprawling epic track, Gaze of Ptolemy. The artwork by Max Loeffler, famed for his work with Elder, is also very Greek in style and seems to reference Odysseus and his journeys.
1. Sails At Dawn 4:14 2. The Dreamer’s Burning Door 4:25 3. Of Seers & Sirens 6:36 4. Solstice “Bonus Track” 5:51 5. Gaze Of Ptolemy 9:16 6. Equinox 8:13 7. Broken Colours 8:09
In a statement provided by the band, the story concept of the album is as follows, “In short, Of Seers and Sirens loosely follows the journey of an explorer who is lost at sea and, due to forces that are ambiguous in their nature as either supernatural or hallucinatory, finds himself amongst scenes and figures from various mythologies and points in human history. However, each song is hoped to conjour many and varied interpretations and meanings to each individual listener.”
Check out the album on Bandcamp where you can download the digital album for $7 Australian, or roughly $4.25 U.S. The record is available for sale on Salty Dog’s Website. You can also check out Pseudo Mind Hive on Facebook and Instagram, and they can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for reading The Sonic Sofa. Go in peace and rock on, Sofanauts.
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