Last year, when King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard announced that they would be releasing five albums in 2017, it was pretty hard to comprehend.
Although extremely prolific (having previously released at least one album every year since 2011), the number just seemed ridiculous, impossible. And with album four, POLYGONDWANALAND, dropping just a few weeks ago, as 2017 comes to a close, it seems the disbelievers were proven right. Five albums is too fucking much to squeeze into one year.
But with three weeks to go until December 31st, the band aren’t finished just yet.
King Gizzard frontman Stu MacKenzie has given an update on album # 5 for 2017, and apparently it’s coming “very, very late in the year”.
Chatting to Consequence of Sound in an extensive interview about their busy year, frontman Stu Mackenzie has given an update on album number 5, apparently which is due out “very, very late in the year.”
“The last one is still coming together, but it’s definitely less ‘themed’ like the other four have been,” he says. “The four records that have come out so far, they were the initial four that came together, and they were the ones we had ideas for last year.
And the idea for the fifth one was to have all of the songs – they’re definitely not B-sides or anything. They’re more songs that didn’t work in any of the the rest of the four records, or they didn’t fit into any of those categories that well, or they came together slightly after when those records came together.
Veering from the heavily thematic direction of their four 2017 efforts, MacKenzie notes that their fifth will be more diverse, more akin something like 2014’s Oddments.
“For me, sometimes, songs need a longer or shorter incubation period. Sometimes you don’t really know. So the fifth record is this place for us to put a lot of different ideas that we’re trying to experiment within the song, rather than within the whole record.
And for me, some of my favourite songs of the year are on the fifth record. It’s more song-oriented than album-oriented. But things are still possible to change.”
Continuing, Mackenzie reflected on their manic year.
“I don’t even know how it’s December. I don’t know how it happened. The year’s just washed right over me, but then at the same time, when I think about this time last year, it feels like a really long time ago.
I’m one year older, but I’ve probably wiped 10 years off my life as well. That’s cool; I can handle that. It’s definitely been a pretty gnarly year, but great as well.”
We reckon Gizzard fans would have to agree.
Read the full interview here.