If you’ve listened closely, you’ll have noticed that over the last few years a mass of high-quality established and emerging artists have torn onto the Aussie psych-rock scene, treating local audiences to an explosive range of phenomenal acts that fall under the ever-expanding psychedelic-rock umbrella.
Like any trend in the music world, the movement can be traced back to a handful of pioneers – and in Australia, you can’t mention the Aussie psych-rock scene without mention of Tame Impala. Frontman Kevin Parker’s brand of dreamy-groovy psychedelic-rock not only blew us away but detonated the world’s collective mind when he released the Tame Impala EP back in 2008. Paul McCartney’s a fan and Mark Ronson called them his “favourite rock and roll band,” and Parker has even been likened to Lennon. Multiple ARIAS and a Grammy nomination later, Tame Impala is just the tip of the Australian iceberg.
Before Parker and the boys hit the scene, we had the likes of Wolfmother, The Vines, Gerling and The Church, just to name a few.
Formed in 2010, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard have released nine full-length studio albums since 2012. To say they’re prolific would be an understatement. Their earlier albums were a blend of surf music, garage and psychedelic rock, and as they continue to mature there’s no sign of slowing down. 2017 promises to be the year of the King – they’ll be serving us up four studio albums. Yes, four fucking albums in one year. (Whatever these boys are on, can they send it our way?)
With the likes of King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Tame Impala, The Babe Rainbow, The Murlocs and a host of other Aussie rockers exploding on the international stage, it’s fair to say that our home-grown talent is leading the charge in the worldwide psych-rock revival.