King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard W/ The Murlocs & Spaceface

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KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD (Melbourne) / The Murlocs / Space Face
Like many of the world’s greatest artists, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard are one of the most difficult bands to pin down. The Australian-based septet constantly zig when you think they’re about to zag. Starting out in 2010 as a solid garage rock group, they’ve followed their collective muse wherever it chose to lead them, whether that be the bluesy alien psychedelia of their 2014 album Oddments or the expansive, almost jazzy, Dead-like head trips of Quarters! Or as frontman Stu Mackenzie puts it, “I always wanted to be a band where you would expect the unexpected each time, with each album being treated like a different phase.”
For their latest opus, they initially thought it was going to be filled with the darker, heavier material that the band has been playing live of late. But Mackenzie soon decided that it was time to put aside the longer, more conceptual pieces and go in a completely new direction. Hence, the band’s seventh album Paper Mâché Dream Balloon was recorded using nothing but acoustic instruments. The result is a lovely, lilting pop masterpiece that still evokes the same intoxicating exuberance as KGATLW’s most recent work, but with a more pastoral, communal feel to it.
While embracing the limitations of their choice of only acoustic sounds, KGATLW were able to get a little experimental as well. To fill out the sound, they borrowed a batch of instruments that they had never played before—clarinet, double bass, and cello, among them—and eked sounds and melodies out of them. That only helps to add to joyous jumble that is Paper Mâché Dream Balloon.
https://kinggizzard.bandcamp.com/music

MURLOCS (Melbourne)
Five skinny kids with roots firmly placed in their own blown-out, distorted brand of soulful RnB.
Formed in early 2011 by harp player Ambrose Kenny-Smith, The Murlocs have already played alongside Thee Oh Sees, Graveyard Train and Dave Graney.
Their up-tempo snare cracks and noisy doom guitar - accompanied by Ambrose's vocal screech - has been described as a mesmerising demented dance party.
https://themurlocs.bandcamp.com

Spaceface (Memphis)
These hometown psychedelic mages will be kicking off the evening with their special brand of rock'n'roll, as vivid and bright as a clear night sky. Gaurunteeed to make you forget where you are and remind you of why it's great to be alive. A party from another planet right here in Memphis, Tennessee.
http://spacefacemusic.com/
https://spaceyourface.bandcamp.com/

HiTone Cafe Big Room
Tues. May 3
8:00 doors // 9:00 show
$10
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