Well we’ve all used the extremely funny pun ‘Jizzfest’ and you know what that’s exactly what it is, the lineups that King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard curate is insane, it’s like they looked at everyone’s Spotify playlists and were just like sick let’s make this shit happen.
Arriving just on 6PM, we arrived at the perfect time to witness Melbourne 5 piece, The Murlocs. Fronted by Ambrose Kenny-Smith, member of the festival creators and headlining feature King Gizzard & The Lizzard Wizard, Ambrose proves he can stand on his own 2 feet. The Murlocs really know how to get a crowd going with their psych rock ways, pumping out tracks from their latest album Young Blindness, the title track was definitely a favourite followed by Rolling on!
Pond, well man these guys are made up of members of Tame Impala, Gum, Shiny Joe Ryan and more and you’ve got Nicholas Allbrook as the front man, so the greatness is just exuding from the edges. Pond have been around for a while with the almighty Kevin Parker having used to be in Pond back in 2008 when they all were coming out of the small music venues from the streets of Perth. Pond were insane, all of the members had this cool and calm collected energy about them but still were as whacky as they came. I could watch Nick perform all day, he just wanders around like he’s got no idea what he’s doing when as soon as he picks up that guitar, oh my he owns it. The band played new and old material ranging from albums Zond, Frond and Man It Feels Like Space Again. Speaking to a lot of punters afterwards, I think it was a gathered opinion that Pond were fucking epic and everyone was buzzzzzzzing.
Well going to Gizzfest last year and it being held in The Brightside carpark and if you know that venue, you know it isn’t huge but there were still plenty of bodies being chucked around to ‘I’m In Your Mind’, and now with King Gizz being even bigger, with another couple of albums, arias and more under their belt you just knew this was going to be one cracker of a show. After seeing King Gizz already 3 times this year we know what to expect, actually no that is not true at all, it’s always bloody different and my mind explodes every single time, some brain cells still remaining…. For starters there’s 2 drummers, double that head banging abilities, and there’s 8 albums to get through, and we gotta have a taster of at least one of those in the set, right? The visuals, the crowd just made the set even cooler, sharing a gig like this with punters who just froth good music makes it that little bit more enjoyable. Albums Nonagan Infinity (most recent), I’m In Your Mind Fuzz, Quarters! and Float Along – Fill Your Lungs, the band made their way through having quite a diverse set with song choices. It was over way too quickly and we wanted to do it all over again. Gizzfest is the new bloody Big Day Out.
Reviewers: Sarah McEwan + Jariah Travan