Tuesday 3 September 2013

Video Vacuum - King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, The Gooch Palms, James X Boyd & the Boydoids, Transistors

Let's get into a brace of Antipodean audio visuals to help this Neck-Yourself Tuesday fly by...

Melbourne's seven-headed beast King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard are prepping to pump out their 3rd LP in as many years, Float Along - Fill Your Lungs, and '30 Past 7' is the first hit off the bat. It is yet another curveball from the band that refuses to sit still - nary a glimpse of the blase scuzz nor the windswept psych of their past releases, this is more spaced-out, a pastoral Spiritualized. The VHS dystopia is a bizarre fit - but it does indeed fit. These boys are a force of kinetic nature

Now for what is currently my favourite video clip of the year. Newcastle wastoids The Gooch Palms are looking to drop a dump of lo-fi garage tunes in the form of NOVO'S. Here is 'We Get By', a soul garage splurge that shows the duo gettin' dumb and havin' fun. It's fun, funny, and has a Merv Hughes pin, a boxing kangaroo flag, and Leroy surfing WHILST PLAYING GUITAR. That's all you need to know, now watch it.

My bastard James X Boyd has flown the coop, hunkering down in dusty ol Europe for the time being, but that doesn't mean he and his Boydoids aren't still kicking their kicks all over the continent. Here is a new track that, like 'Elissa Says' before it, again showcases no-fi video potential, is excellently choreographed to provide chuckles and unexpected chagrin, and perfectly incorporates Boyd's drawl and lackadaisical way of looking at the inanity of the world - there is really nothing more you could want here.

Let's finish off across the pond with Transistors, some frenetic, sunny punk put into informercial form. It's silly, stupid, filled with combed down hair and tucked in shirts, motivational speakers, a sleazy blonde and one cleaned up and happy customer. The track 'Your Life Could Be So Easy' is a catchy number, but in my opinion is one of the weakest links on their latest LP Is It Anything? - which shows the calibre of the album.


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