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KINGS OF THRASH

Infest The Rats’ Nest is King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard’s 14th album in nine years. It’s also by a distance their heaviest: a thrash metal assault that’s wildly different from the boogie-heavy Fishing For Fishies, released in April. Daniel Dylan Wray meets the Australian band’s frontman Stu Mackenzie to find out how they keep up their prodigious output and whether there are more releases coming in 2019…
KING GIZZARD&THE LIZARD WIZARD

King Gizzard & he Lizard Wizard frontman and songwriter Stu Mackenzie has a way with understatement.

“I’m not very good at relaxing,” he tells Long Live Vinyl. Since forming in Melbourne in 2010, the band – who fuse an ever-shiting mix of garage rock, psychedelia, prog and experimentation – have released an eyewatering 14 albums and two EPs. Famously, they released ive in 2017 alone, and in 2019 they are already on their second of the year. he irst, Fishing For Fishies, was an LP that took in blues rock, boogie, whimsical folk-pop, glam stomp and even a touch of electronic pop. It was an eclectic record, even for a band with eclecticism at their very core.

Their follow-up, however, is much more sonically coherent. It’s pretty much a straightup heavy metal record. Infest he Rats’ Nest is a spewing ball of screeching guitar rifs, clattering drums and guttural vocals.

“We didn’t sit down and say, ‘Let’s make a metal record’,” Mackenzie says. “But I think we did say: ‘Let’s make the fastest, loudest and heaviest record we’ve ever made’. We were thinking about that a lot.”

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It's Just Rock 'N' Roll! Issue 30 of Long Live Vinyl celebrates the 25th anniversary of Oasis' stellar debut album, Definitely Maybe. Our exclusive collector's covers, shot by Oasis photographer Michael Spencer Jones, allow you to choose between Noel and Liam editions – or buy both! Inside, some of the band's closest allies talk us through the making of an album that sold 7 million copies and changed the face of British guitar music. In our packed interviews section, we sit down with Black Francis to hear why new Pixies album Beneath The Eyrie is among the best records they've ever made, and King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard take a rare break from recording to talk us through their new LP, Infest The Rats' Nest. Elsewhere, we meet one of the hottest new bands of 2019, WH Lung, and the founders of Sub Pop, the Seattle label that put grunge on the map. You'll also find an in-depth look at Talking Heads' 1979 classic Fear Of Music as well as 40 Essential Dream Pop albums to add to your collection. If all that's not enough, we bring you the most comprehensive range of new album, reissue, turntable and hi-fi reviews anywhere on the newsstand. Long Live Vinyl is THE magazine for vinyl lovers. Pick up your copy today…