King Gizzard played 3 nights @ Brooklyn Steel w/ Amyl & The Sniffers (review, pics)
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard have proven themselves to be one of indie’s most prolific acts in recent years, putting out an impressive five albums in 2017 alone. The band is currently on tour, and this weekend they played a three-night run at NYC’s Brooklyn Steel (June 15-17).
When the band took the stage for the final night of their run, vocalist/guitarist Stu Mackenzie joked, “it feels like we live here now.” From the moment the show began, the entire audience was bursting with energy, as mosh pits of varying sizes were formed almost immediately. The energy of the band themselves was also a force to be reckoned with; throughout the long, sweaty night, there was rarely a dull moment, as many songs often flowed together seamlessly with minimal breaks in between. The band mostly played many tracks from their 2017 LPs, including part of the “Altered Beast/Alter Me” suite from Murder of the Universe, and “Rattlesnake” from Flying Microtonal Banana. The band also treated fans to some slightly older favorites, including “Hot Water” from I’m In Your Mind Fuzz, and “The River” from Quarters!
In the latter half of the show, the band tore into the memorable Nonagon Infinity opener “Robot Stop,” which turned the entire front half of the crowd into one giant mosh pit. Appropriately, the band continued to play the following two tracks from Nonagon, “Big Fig Wasp” and “Gamma Knife,” which only incited further insanity among the audience. Before the night ended, the band invited openers (and Flightless labelmates) Amyl and the Sniffers back onstage to perform a ripping cover of fellow Aussies AC/DC’s “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap,” in which Amyl vocalist Amy Taylor led the crowd in a shouted call-and-response during the chorus. This cover had a total of 11 musicians onstage, and it was a fittingly stunning end to an already epic night.
As for the openers, Amyl and the Sniffers’ heavily primal opening set was a fitting setup for the raucous events that followed during King Gizzard’s turn onstage. For the most part, the audience seemed to be enjoying their set as much as the main band’s, with their anthemic, classic punk-influenced style faring well with the already-hyped crowd, some of whom loudly shouted along to the band’s lyrics. Amy Taylor’s jumpy stage presence was heavy on audience interaction, and she later stage dived into the crowd, which significantly turned up the energy levels throughout the room.
All three nights were apparently being filmed for a documentary about the band, so stay tuned for more info on that. You can view pictures from Saturday’s show in the gallery above, and view fan-shot videos from all three nights, as well as the band’s setlist from Sunday, below.
Setlist – King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard @ Brooklyn Steel 6/17/18
All Is Known
The Lord of Lightning
Alter Me I
Altered Beast I
The Fourth Colour
Deserted Dunes Welcome Weary Feet
The Castle in the Air
Robot Stop (with ‘Master of the Universe’ and ‘Hot Water’ snippets)
Big Fig Wasp
Gamma Knife (with ‘People-Vultures’ tease)
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap (AC/DC cover) (with Amyl and The Sniffers)
photos by P Squared