Live Concert Photography: The Murlocs with Moonwalks at Bowery Ballroom 4/27/19
Led by King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard’s Ambrose Kenny-Smith and featuring Kenny-Smith’s King Gizzard bandmate Cook Craig, as well as Cal Shortal, Matt Blach and Tim Karmouche, The Murlocs specialize in a fuzzy and distorted psych blues. In their native Australia, they’ve played across their homeland’s festival circuit and have opened for the likes of internationally acclaimed acts like Gary Clark, Jr., Mac DeMarco, Ty Segall, Thee Oh Sees, Pixies, Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks, Wavves and of course, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard.
The Aussie psych blues quintet’s Stu Mackenzie-produced, third full-length album Manic Candid Episode was released earlier this year through Flightless Records, and the album features a number of swaggering and strutting tracks that manage to nod at T. Rex, Ziggy Stardust-era Bowie, King Bee-era Muddy Waters and Breakin’ It Up, Breakin’ It Down, the collaborative live album featuring Muddy Waters, Johnny Winter and legendary blues harmonica player James Cotton — but filtered through a lysergic haze.
The Murlocs were on a lengthy North American tour to support their latest album that included a stop at the Bowery Ballroom last month with Detroit-based glam rock act Moonwalks. Check out some photos from the show below.
Through a handful of releases — 2014’s EP, 2015’s Lunar Phases, 2017’s “A Little Touch of Gravity”/”Steam Train” 7 inch and last year’s In Light (The Scales in the Frame), the Detroit-based indie trio Moonwalks have established a sound that meshes elements of psych rock and glam rock that recalls the early-to-mid 70s.