Australian septet King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard have officially confirmed the release of a fifth studio album in 2017.
Stu Mackenzie and co. have proven to be quite the prolific bunch this year, kicking off their LP marathon with February’s Flying Microtonal Banana, and following it up with Murder of the Universe (June), Sketches of Brunswick East (August) and last month’s free-for-all Polygondwanaland.
No name for the fifth record is confirmed just yet, and neither is a release date, but frontman Mackenzie unveiled some fresh details surrounding the record in an interview with Consequence of Sound, who named the group their 2017 Band of the Year.
Speaking of the album, he said: “The last one is still coming together, but it’s definitely less “themed” like the other four have been. 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.
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 favorite songs of the year are on the fifth record. It’s more song-oriented than album-oriented. But things are still possible to change.”
Keep an eye out on the band’s Facebook page for more news, with some suggesting that the new album may come out on 25 December.