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Flashlite #218

DiemondsThe central piece today is our large block in which we compare the music of famous rockers and their children. We paired up Ethan and Glyn Johns, Ambrose Kenny and Broderick Smith, Lilly and John Hiat and Trixie and Chris Whitley. We also listen to the Cynics live in Cleveland, new music for Jimbo Mathus and we have one new name – Diemonds from Toronto in Canada.

Richard Thompson – Where’s Home;
Wendy And The Rockets – I Can’t Tell You;
Diemonds – Take on the Night;
Cream – The Coffee Song;
Jimbo Mathus And The Tri-State Coalition – White Buffalo;
The Cynics – Crawl;
The Cynics – Blue Train Station (Live in CLE);
The Mock Turtles – Time Between Why;
The Byrds – Why;
The Replacements – Bastards of Young;
Ethan Johns – Don’t Reach Too Far;
Faces – Stay With Me;
King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard – Guns and Horses;
Lilly Hiatt And The Dropped Ponies – Big Bad Wolf;
John Hiatt – Woman Sawed in Half;
Chris Whitley – Narcotic Prayer;
Trixie Whitley – Hotel No Name;
Bob Dylan – Simple Twist Of Fate.

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – Eyes Like The Sky

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard - Eyes Like The SkyWhile Tame Impala is becoming one of the most popular bands in the world at the moment, there are also other bands, making up together a very strong and promising new psychedelic and garage rock scene over in Australia. We learned this fact last year thorough a very interesting tribute to the legendary Nuggets. A number of young Australian rockers covered each one song from the original Nuggets for its fortieth anniversary and the result was the new compilation record known as Nuggets: Antipodean Interpolations of the First Psychedelic Era. One of the central roles on that compilation record was a seven-piece with a silly band name King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard who covered Open My Eyes by The Nazz. They also have a new record out called Eyes Like The Sky, which is a topic of today’s review.

I know very little about King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard. The photographs of the band clearly shows that they are quite young and a few texts mention that they come from Melbourne. Sound-wise, it appears that they are very imaginative and very competent musicians. The record that we are reviewing today has been posted on their band camp page for some time now and the vinyl record release is scheduled for April this year in Australia.

The record is a concept effort centered around a wild west tale in the USA, set right after the civil war. My perception that the record works as some kind of a soundtrack to an imaginary western or a novel or maybe even a comic book. Western imagery is obviously close to the spaghetti westerns but another close comparison is what one can find for instance in the Italian series of graphic novels about Ken Parker, created by Berardi and Milazzo, and it covers about the same historical period.

Gunshots, galloping horses, barking dogs, blacksmith tools and native American chants are all worked well into the larger musical picture. But what really works amazingly well on this record is the narration, here performed by the Australian singer and songwriter Broderick Smith who also wrote the actual story so effectively dramatized musically by King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard. Mr. Smith does the narration in a flawless American accent, despite being an Englishman who moved with parents to Australia at a very young age.

The story is short and moves quickly, but there are a lot of memorably poetic moments which are often accentuated by the musical dramatization of the band. Check these lines out: “One thing a white man should never do is move towards an Apache, because you can never get there. How do you catch dust in the wind?”

Broderick Smith is virtually unknown outside his country, but hw is fairly famous in his homeland. Multi-talented, he had an early success with rock bands Carson and The Dingos in the early seventies and more recently, he has a steady acting career on Australian television. It would be interesting to find out how this collaboration came about, but the news from Australia are coming very slowly.

The whole package is a nail-baiting drama that flows like a great rock record, despite the novelty feel to it. Well done lads!

First published on rockxs.com.

Flashlite #214

FreddaUnfortunately, we say goodbye to two great people who influenced rock’n’roll greatly. Alvin Lee from Ten Years After left us on March 6th and George Shadow Morton, producer of the Shangri-Las left us on February 14th. But, we also have a survival story. You probably already heard that Slim Dunlap, the guitar player of The Replacements suffered a stroke last year and he survived it. Although the recovery is slow and expensive, he is holding tight. His old bandmates decided to have a small reunion and make an EP which would directly help Dunlap with the recovery costs. The limited edition EP auction did very well and and now it is scheduled for the regular release as a download and a sound carrier. We hear one of the songs from this record today. We also have one new name today for us, her name is Fredda and she’s from France, but with ties in Tucson AZ. She will be a part of Vacilando 68 promotional campaign this year at SXSW. Another new name is The Go from Detroit. They nurture the retro 60s sound. Guadalupe Plata are also back with the new record and Derek Deprator is also back with a very nice instrumental tune. Probably the most exciting new thing today is King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard with their western conceptual record called Eyes Like The Sky, narrated by Broderick Smith of The Dingoes.

Gordon Lightfoot – I’m Not Saying;
The Replacements – I’m Not Sayin’;
Guadalupe Plata – Esclavo;
Endless Boogie – Occult Banker;
The Dirtbombs – Do You See My Love (For You Growing) Live in CLE;
The Dingoes – Goin’ Down Again;
King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard – Evil Man;
Mountain – Theme For An Imaginary Western;
The Go – Voices Rant On;
Fredda – Morin Heights;
The Shangri-Las – Remember (Walking in the Sand);
Ten Years After – One of These Days;
Derek Paul DePrațr РWhere Did You Go.