We already know King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard release a ridiculous amount of music. In fact, their output is so prodigious one would think they’re putting out music faster than their fans can consume it.
But their sales are certainly nothing to scoff at. We recently noted that the band’s fan base is rabid and stretches to all corners of the world and we previously reported on how they sold 1,500 albums in two hours.
Now, the band have entered the Top 20 of the ARIA Albums Chart with their latest release, Nonagon Infinity, sandwiched right between fellow Australians Sia and Luca Brasi at a very respectable No 19.
Back in March, the band debuted the first single to be taken from Nonagon Infinity, the fuzzed-out ‘Gamma Knife’, alongside pre-order for the vinyl edition of the album. They quickly sold out of all of them.
“Eric, who’s our drummer, runs Flightless Records, so he sort of just put it up this morning and an hour and a half later or two hours later he messaged me saying, ‘Hey dude, all the vinyl is gone,’” frontman Stu Mackenzie told Tone Deaf.
When pressed on whether the band were really surprised to see the demand, Stu admitted they’d never seen so many of their records move so quickly, leaving him at a loss for why it went down this time.
“Flightless copies are all sold through Bandcamp, it’s super easy to use. We send stuff to stores and stuff now and they do their own thing. I guess the last couple of records, we’ve sort of pressed more copies,” he said.
“I believe that ARIA don’t count Bandcamp sales, which is sort of funny,” Stu added. “I don’t know if it means we would’ve charted if they did count them, but I sort of don’t really care about that.”
Indeed, it would be interesting to see how King Gizzard would’ve faired if Bandcamp sales were counted, especially considering the band have sold out of both vinyl editions of Nonagon Infinity.
Meanwhile, Melbourne punk label Poison City Records have had their second bout of chart success in just a matter of weeks, with Tasmanian outfit Luca Brasi sitting at No 18 with their latest album, If This Is All We’re Going To Be.
Luca Brasi’s success follows Melbourne trio Camp Cope’s debut on the ARIA Albums Chart at No 36 and the Australian Albums Chart at No 9, an unprecedented feat for a band that only had their first rehearsal 11 months ago.