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King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard announce metal LP ‘ Infest The Rats’ Nest’

In addition to this year’s boogie-centric Fishing for Fishies, King Gizzard & The Wizard Lizard have released two singles — “Self Immolate” and “Planet B” — whose influence was classic thrash metal. The Australian band have now announced that both of those tracks will be on their next record, Infest the Rat’s Next, which will be out August 16 via Flightless/ATO. That’s the cover art above. “In fourth grade there was an older kid who was into Rammstein,” says frontman Stu Mackenzie. “I made friends with him and we put together a performance at our school assembly where we headbanged to ‘Du Hast’. I got whiplash, which I thought was pretty cool. That was my introduction to heavy metal, and soon Rammstein led to Metallica, Metallica led to Slayer, Slayer led to Kreator and Sodom. The German bands really kicked my ass and scared the hell out of me too. Later on, when I picked up a guitar I realized that shit was too hard to play, so I got into rock ‘n’ roll and garage. That was liberating.”

More on the new album from Stu: “The A-side of the album is set in the near future and is about real shit going on right now – especially ecological disaster. We’ve got a lot of things to fear. The B-side tells the story of a group of rebels who are forced to leave Planet Earth and try to settle on Venus. I spend a lot of time thinking about the future of humanity and the future of Planet Earth. Naturally these thoughts seep into the lyrics.” For those keeping score, Infest the Rat’s Nest will be King Gizzard’s 15th album in seven years.

Catch King Gizzard on tour with Stonefield and ORB starting in August, including a NYC show at SummerStage in Central Park on 8/28 (tickets). All dates are listed below.

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King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard 2019 Tour Dates:
08/13 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre
08/14 – San Francisco, CA @ SVN West
08/15 – San Francisco, CA @ SVN West
08/16 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
08/17 – Vancouver, BC @ Harbour Event Centre
08/18 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
08/20 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
08/21 – Denver, CO @ Mission Ballroom
08/23 – Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater
08/24 – Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
08/25 – Toronto, ON @ Rebel
08/26 – Montreal, QC @ Olympia
08/27 – New Haven, CT @ College Street Music Hall
08/28 – New York, NY @ SummerStage Central Park
08/30 – Philadelphia, PA @ Franklin Music Hall
08/31 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
09/01 – Asheville, NC @ New Belgium Brewing Company
09/02 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
09/03 – New Orleans, LA @ Joy Theater
09/04 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s Austin
09/06 – Dallas, TX @ The Bomb Factory
09/30 – Nottingham, UK @ Rock City Nottingham
10/01 – Glasgow, UK @ Barrowland Ballroom Glasgow
10/02 – Leeds, UK @ O2 Academy Leeds
10/03 – Manchester, UK @ Victoria Warehouse Manchester
10/05 – London, UK @ Alexandra Palace
10/06 – Utrecht, Netherlands @ Tivoli Vredenburg (SOLD OUT)
10/07 – Utrecht, Netherlands @ Tivoli Vredenburg
10/08 – Brussels, Belgium @ Ancienne Belgique (AB)
10/11 – Cologne, Germany @ Carlswek Victoria
10/12 – Berlin, Germany @ Columbiahalle Berlin
10/13 – Luxembourg @ Rockhal Club Esch Sur Alzette
10/14 – Paris, France @ L’Olympia
10/15 – Milan, Italy @ Alcatraz
10/16 – Zürich, Switzerland @ X-TRA
10/18 – Madrid, Spain @ La Riviera
10/19 – Barcelona, Spain @ Razzmatazz

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