It’s well-known that King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard is not just a prolific band, but also one that enjoys hopscotching between genres. But not even their most ardent fans saw “Planet B” coming.
A thrash metal song bearing a message of doom and pessimism, this new song’s a far cry from the prog-funk of “Cyboogie,” a cut from their forthcoming album Fishing for Fishies. Over vicious riffs, the Aussie psych rockers survey the state of modern civilization, from “urbanization” to “monetization,” and warn listeners that Earth’s all we’ve got, because “there is no Planet B.”
It also arrived with a music video that features King Gizzard as deranged cult members, all decked out in orange, who are eventually picked off by a mysterious but menacing shotgun-toting woman. It’s pretty disturbing, and definitely not safe for work.
The track-list of Fishing for Fishies, which arrives April 26, does not in fact feature “Planet B.” Perhaps the song’s a one-off release—or it heralds a second, different-sounding album from King Gizzard in 2019. It certainly wouldn’t be the first time this band have dropped multiple full-lengths in the course of one year.
Watch the “Planet B” music video here: