King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – “Polygondwanaland”
Get ready to dive into this week’s RECORD OF THE WEEK Blog!
KING GIZZARD set out to release 5 albums in 2017. With such a prolific schedule they decided to experiment by releasing the 4th of the year’s albums, “Polygondwanaland”, immediately under public domain. They encouraged aspiring labels to try their hand at releasing the album themselves. As a result of how the album was released, there are literally hundreds of variants available from dozens of labels around the world. NEEDLEJUICE RECORDS, planning to start in 2018 anyways, used this as their first foray into vinyl and sold out their 2 variants within a few days! KING GIZZARD is about to head out on tour in Europe and keep your eyes peeled for other versions of this record from other labels!
BAND NAME: King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
LABEL NAME: Needlejuice Records (Website / Facebook / Twitter / Discogs)
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Recorded over several years in various locales, the 11 songs on “Romance” are built around deeply developed long-arc rhythm/phase concepts, noise, yearning, blind guitar rage, longing, the lurch of dying electronics, and a multi-modal embrace of human fallibility and artifice. ONEIDA, always formidable in the live environment, will be touring throughout the year, playing songs from the new album, from the crackling synth-led opener “Economy Travel” to the expansive 18-minute epic “Shepherd’s Axe”. Just announced through JOYFUL NOISE RECORDINGS, get your preorder on now!
BAND NAME: Oneida
LABEL NAME: Joyful Noise Recordings
SHARK ATTACK!! was born in the warm waters of New Orleans and quickly rose with the tide to prominence in the local scene. Equally influenced by Dick Dale, Louis Armstrong, ouds, and gnarly rock swells; Shark Attack!! is known for complete desertification of the surf genre, and tubular reconstructions of jazz and Celine Dion superhits. SHARK ATTACK!! specializes in shreddin’ guitar riffs and boogie-down dancin’ grooves while maintaining the laid-back, beachy vibe of Oahu’s best resorts. Surfers and shoobs alike will hang ten to the totally radical sounds of SHARK ATTACK!!
BAND NAME: Shark Attack!!
As the fourth full-length from PIANOS BECOME THE TEETH (vocalist Kyle Durfey, guitarists Mike York and Chad McDonald, bassist Zac Sewell, and drummer David Haik), “Wait For Love” follows 2014’s acclaimed “Keep You”. “Wait For Love” shows the band reconciling their aggressive past with the atmospheric turns of Keep You. The album eschews stylistic traps in order to focus on songwriting and feels like a full-realization of what the band have hinted at in the past. Get it now over at EPITAPH!
BAND NAME: Pianos Become the Teeth (Website / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Tumblr)
LABEL NAME: Epitaph Records
DON’T SLEEP is a new band from Harrisburg, PA and Washington, D.C. While originally DON’T SLEEP started as a sort of back up band, the members all became fast friends and quickly began writing new material. The music they created was not only influenced by the bands they backed, but the records that all the members have been listening to and have been influenced by over the years. While DON’T SLEEP’s music can be described as aggressive, fast, and energetic, they’ve managed to infuse melody and an element of pop sensibility into their songs, while calling back to classic hardcore and punk bands. Get some at REAPER RECORDS!
BAND NAME: Don’t Sleep
LABEL NAME: Reaper Records
From the ashes of of the prolific Brazilian streetpunk band Blind Pigs comes ARMADA! “Bandeira Negra” is where Blind Pigs couldn’t go. Fans expected straight-up street punk, and that’s what they delivered. With Armada, these five talented and experienced musicians can finally try to play with new sounds, and incorporate new influences – and ultimately play whatever the fuck kind of punk they want to play. Grab a gorgeous “WHITE” 12″ LP from Pirates Press Records
BAND NAME: Armada
LABEL NAME: Pirates Press Records / Hearts Bleed Blue
See you on the flip side!