From King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard’s most recent album, “Infest the Rat’s Nest”, “Mars For The Rich” is a heavy metal, psychedelic, sci-fi romp.
Last week, we took a long overdue break from covering classics and oldies, and began looking at some of the new album and single releases coming out. So far, we’ve been continuing that trend this week. Yesterday, we looked at a “Silver Bullet” from the Pixies’ latest album, “Beneath the Eyrie”.
Our song of the day today isn’t quite as recent, although it did come out in the last month. I”ll preface this by making the confession that I have yet to listen to “Infest the Rat’s Nest” in its entirety yet. But when “Mars For the Rich” popped into my queue this morning, I knew I’d be listening to it soon.
Infest the Rat’s Nest
Not only do they have one of the best band names of rock bands today, but King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard seem to keep trying to outdo themselves with each album name. This latest release bears a similarity in its name to the band’s fourteenth album, except way cooler.
If you’ve listened to King Gizzard before, you should know a bit about what to expect with our song of the day. If not, do yourself a favor and go listen to their song “Crumbling Castle“. After listening to that track, you’ll know whether or not you should listen to more. Or, you could always just hit that big ol’ play button up above. The choice is yours, my friend.
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard’s “Infest the Rat’s Nest” was released on August 16. A few months before that, the band made a surprise release with the single “Planet B”, before the release of their fourteenth album, “Fishing For Fishies”. In April, during a Reddit AMA, members of King Gizzard confirmed that the new album on the way would include more like “Planet B”.
In terms of its reception so far, “Infest the Rat’s Nest” has done pretty well. Although, it’s easy to see just by looking at the charts that they have a niche outside of the mainstream. On the Billboard top 200, “Infest the Rat’s Nest” is No. 64, but reached the top ten on both the Top Independent and Top Rock Album charts.
Mars For the Rich
While “Mars For the Rich” wasn’t released as one of the singles for “Infest the Rat’s Nest”, it could have been. It’s a psychedelic, thrash metal “banger”, as the kids say. And as always, King Gizzard balances their wild, experimental sound with careful attention to storytelling in the lyrics. It’s one of my favorite things about them as a band.
In “Mars For the Rich”, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard sounds like Pink Floyd if they decided to get into heavy metal. Or Mastodon, if they were super into science fiction and more experimental. Either way, that sounds like a hard sell to me.
The lyrics to “Mars For the Rich” describe a not-too-distant future, where the rich terraform Mars, and leave the poor on a crumbling Earth. It’s so close to a reality now, that it seems weird to even call it science fiction.
“I’m just a poor boy, Living frugally
I see Mars on TV, I see people happy
I work fields with, Blistered fingers
I look starward,
That world has no place for me”
The second verse offers a little more, but more than anything, continues to hammer the same point down.
“Mars for the privileged
Earth for the poor
Mars terraforming slowly
Earth has been deformed”
While the rest of the lyrics don’t necessarily help to paint much more of a picture than this, it’s amazing how little you need to see the picture in your head.
If “Mars For the Rich” is representative of “Infest the Rat’s Nest”, I think I’ll be coming out with another album review very shortly. I give it two thumbs way up. Even if you’re not into metal as a genre, I think this is still a good song worth listening to. Give it a chance, and who knows, you might find yourself with a new favorite band.
I hope you enjoyed listening to and learning a little bit about King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard’s “Mars For the Rich” from their new album, “Infest the Rat’s Nest’. We’ll be back tomorrow with another song to help get you through the week.