While King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard may have only just released their Nonagon Infinity this spring, the Aussie psych warriors are coming back into our lives early next year with a pile of new material.
Called Flying Microtonal Banana, the band's new album is set to touch down on February 24 via ATO Records. And that's not all — King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard in fact plan to release a whopping five albums in 2017, with each promising to offer "its own unique sonic adventure."
As for that first offering, "Flying Microtonal Banana is King Gizzard's first-ever experience in microtonal tuning, which features intervals smaller than a semitone and not found in customary Western tuning octaves," according to a press release.
In a statement, drummer Eric Moore had this to say about the new record:
Earlier this year we started experimenting with a custom microtonal guitar our friend Zak made for Stu [Mackenzie]. The guitar was modified to play in 24-TET tuning and could only be played with other microtonal instruments. We ended up giving everyone a budget of $200 to buy instruments and turn them microtonal. The record features the modified electric guitars, basses, keyboards and harmonica as well as a turkish horn called a Zurna.
For a taste of what to expect, the band have shared the album's "Rattlesnake," which comes via a seriously tripped-out video. You can catch that below, where you'll also find the recently shared "Holiday from Hell" bootleg documentary.
While so far we don't have any details on the other albums King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard have planned for 2017, they have already announced a North American tour in support of them. It comes with some Canadian dates, and you can find the complete schedule below.
03/29 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
03/30 Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero Theatre
03/31 New York, NY - Webster Hall
04/02 Boston, MA - Royale
04/03 Portland, ME - Port City Music Hall
04/04 Montreal, QC - Fairmount Theatre
04/05 Toronto, ON - Danforth Theatre
04/06 Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
04/07 Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom
04/08 Chicago, IL - Metro
04/09 Seattle, WA - Neumos
04/10 Vancouver, BC - Vogue Theatre
04/11 Portland, OR - Revolution Hall
04/12 San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore