King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard
Fishing For Fishies


4.5
superb

Review

by tomahawk37 USER (10 Reviews)
May 10th, 2019 | 60 replies


Release Date: 2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Fishing For Fishies is a wonderfully fun and upbeat album that is an excellent addition to the rapidly expanding discography of King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard.

The Australian psychedelic rock band King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard shift their musical focus yet again for the release their 14th studio album Fishing For Fishies. After a prolific 2017 in which they released an unprecedented five full length studio albums, followed by a 2018 which saw no albums as the band were touring for most of the year, things seemed to be very up in the air as to where King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard would go next. They had already delved into nearly every musical genre imaginable, with entire albums in the style of jazz, psychedelic rock, blues rock, progressive rock, electronica, and more. So what musical ground was left to conquer? Where could rock and roll’s most interesting band go from here?

The answer comes in Fishing For Fishies light, upbeat, fun, and downright smile-inducing grooves. The theme of this album is “boogie”, and not just because that word is included in the titles of three of the album’s nine songs. Fishing For Fishies is chock full of infectious and head-bobbing grooves led by King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard’s guitarist and frontman Stu Mackenzie. Mackenzie is listed as playing 12 different instruments on the album, which along with the other six members of the band, gives the album a wide range of styles, from the feel of a group of guys having fun in their garage to a full orchestra. Slick drum beats from the band’s two drummers accompany the uptempo guitar riffs and the addition of harmonica brings toe-tapping life to the psychedelic blues tunes on songs like “Boogieman Sam”, “Plastic Boogie”, and “The Cruel Millennial.”

While Fishing For Fishies maintains the same cheery and bouncy cadence throughout the majority of the album, it never feels monotonous or overdone. I listened to this album multiple times and keep finding myself attracted to the sheer fun of it. Fishing For Fishies feels like a breath of fresh, clean air after the barrage of King Lizard & The Gizzard Wizard albums that came before it. It feels as though the band came in to the studio with a fresh mindset after their year of touring and wanted to make a stripped-down, blues rock album that their fans could dance to.

Fishing For Fishies isn’t all sunshine and rainbows however, specifically the last two songs on the album “Acarine” and “Cyboogie” feel more in the same musical vein as King Gizzard’s 2017 dark electronic album Polygondwanaland. These songs still continue with the spirit of the album’s lively atmosphere, but with a heavier emphasis on effects-driven keyboards and synthesizers than overdriven guitar-led blues riffs.

Fishing For Fishies is a wonderfully fun and upbeat album that is an excellent addition to the rapidly expanding discography of King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard. Without losing any musical technicality or progressive rock song changes that the band has become famous for, Fishing For Fishies delivers a great listening experience that will take its place among not only the best King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard albums, but among the best psychedelic blues rock albums of the past decade.

4.5/5



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Piglet
May 10th 2019


8194 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

gud album that is gud



gud revew

eirinn
May 10th 2019


41 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Loving it already!

nol
May 10th 2019


9639 Comments


fun af album. the blues vibes work for me. Plastic Boogie is my fav

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rockarollacola
May 10th 2019


1167 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Yep, this album slaps.

AngryJohnny
May 10th 2019


1027 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

really digging this too, album is a great time

Rowhaus
May 10th 2019


4388 Comments


had no idea they were putting this together, will check for sure

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beefshoes
May 10th 2019


8238 Comments


Slapping album indeed!

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keza
May 11th 2019


489 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

How on earth did this take so long to get a review

Good read also!

nol
May 11th 2019


9639 Comments


Good-ass review honestly. This album mostly hinges on its musicality, and you did a fantastic job describing what gives the music life without just sayin’ boogieboogieboogieboogieBOOGIE.

SublimeSound
May 11th 2019


46 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Very good review! You must have beat me to the punch by a matter of hours. I wasn't quite as generous as to give it a 4.5, for me those scores are reserved for masterpiece freak outs like Mind Fuzz and Nonagon, but you really captured how bright and fun this release is.

mindleviticus
May 11th 2019


10295 Comments


good review my dude been jamming this all week

LunaticSoul
May 13th 2019


2000 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

4.5? lol



wat you been fishin?



The other review was better but this gets featured because it has a higher rating.



Also no, 'Acarine' and 'Cyboogie' are in no way similar to Polygonwanland

schoonda
May 14th 2019


1816 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

tracks 6 - 8 is a nice little run

nol
May 14th 2019


9639 Comments


FUCK ALL’A THAT PLASTIC

Pho3nix
May 21st 2019


1206 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good jammin' as usual, but with this band I usually never listen to their records twice.

Cubacabra
May 29th 2019


66 Comments


The harmonica always comes in and we go Sanford & Son.

kalkwiese
June 11th 2019


8207 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I never listened to anything else by these guys, but this is pretty amazing imo

kalkwiese
June 13th 2019


8207 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album is just overall really good and chill. Aims for a 4 or 3.5 atm

LunaticSoul
June 15th 2019


2000 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

kalk what are you still doing here? You have 10+ discs to pick up of these guys lol



polygonwanland, flying microtonal banana, nonagon infinity, are musts

kalkwiese
June 15th 2019


8207 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Uh, sput and Spotify are cultivating bad listening habits imo, I'm listening to more stuff, but in a more superficial manner. So I force myself to give every record enough time to actually absorb the music, you know? xD



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