LEVITATION on Friday revealed the fourth installment of the festival/studio’s Live at Levitation series, featuring King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard. The live double-LP captures the Australian psych-rock outfit’s sets at the Austin, TX festival in 2014 and 2016.
Available now on Bandcamp and vinyl, Live at Levitation ’14 and ’16 finds King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard before they became a household name in the underground. The 2014 set was actually the group’s first time performing in North America, with frontman Stu Mackenzie gushing, “We’ve never played in America before. Thanks for having us!”
The raw energy of the band is apparent in the 2014 show, featuring spirited takes on the then-unreleased “I’m In Your Mind Fuzz” suite as well as the massive “Head On/Pill” that closes the first LP. Following this maiden U.S. voyage, the band traveled to Brooklyn, NY to record I’m In Your Mind Fuzz (2014) and Quarters! (2015).
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Returning to Austin in 2016, the band would not let LEVITATION’s cancellation due to severe weather rain on its parade. Instead, King Gizzard staged two shows at the now-defunct Barracuda in Austin. The second LP of Live at Levitation hosts one of those concerts. Audio for both shows was recorded by Craig Lawrence and then mixed by Stu at the band’s studio in Melbourne, Australia and mastered specially for vinyl.
LEVITATION is offering four unique vinyl pressings—Mind Fuzz Melt Down Splatter, Gamma Knife Nightmare Swirl, Evil Death Blob Splatter, and Sleepwalker Swirl—each limited to 2,000 copies. Housed in a matte gatefold jacket, each sleeve is embossed with a gold foil numbered one through eight thousand. The records are already printed and ready to ship as a thank you from LEVITATION to all of the fans that have dealt with pre-orders and shipping delays throughout the pandemic.
Stream King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Live at Levitation ’14 and ’16 on Bandcamp and order the vinyl here. Scroll down to watch the band perform “Robot Stop” and “Hot Water” in 2016.
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Live at Levitation ’14 and ’16
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – “Robot Stop”, “Hot Water”