In the moments leading up to King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard’s set the full force of a ‘sold-out crowd’ came into play as 50 kids pushed in from the outside and another 20 stood awkwardly in the hallway leading up to the band room’s entry. A hilarious exchange was overheard between security and a King Gizzard fan. Security: “It’s sold-out,” Hipster: “So what does that mean?”
When the seven members of King Gizzard were ready to play the crowd was a seething mass of checked shirts and unbrushed hair. With six members fronting the spread across the front brandishing guitars, harmonicas and tambourines it was hard to feel as though the spirit of the psychedelic ‘60s had not been truly reborn and The Tote was witnessing the second coming of the 13th Floor Elevators.
Now for a few end notes, the chorus of Black Tooth – “Ey oh ay, ey oh ah I go,” – brought the house down; the cover art on King Gizzard’s 10-inch Willoughby’s Beach EP is amazing and if you’re at Meredith and you miss them then your soul will die (unless it is already dead).