Shame, Methyl Ethel and The Parrots also played across two floors for the Strange Waves show.
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard at The Ritz, Manchester
Friday 9 September
It’s been a long time since I’ve seen beers spontaneously thrown in the air, looking like solar flares under the red stage lights, as a band kicks into their first song, but King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard can summon that level of enthusiasm.
Their if-Swell-Maps-had-practised-and-did-Zappa shtick, played fast, fuzzy and clever, makes them a near perfect live band. The tracks from ‘Nonagon Infinity’, the new cyclical or nonagonal – as the name suggests – album, are intentionally composed with a type of internal coherence created by reusing and adapting a set of rhythms and phrases.
It’s ambitious, something you might expect in jazz or electronic music, but in spite of the high-minded concept the Ritz was shaking.