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Eyes Like The Sky

Release Date: 2013-02-22
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The bad white men call him the devil
The Yavapai call him “Eyes Like the Sky”

This truly unique Spaghetti Western soundtrack uses spoken narration rather than sung lyrics. It is a collaboration with Broderick Smith who wrote and narrated the story, and is the father of band member Ambrose.

What to listen to next:

If you want a totally different narration based album
If you want some more soundtrack style songs
If you want to hear the one other song that sounds like this

Album Credits

Eyes Like The Sky - ℗ & © 2022 KGLW - Used by permission.

Some time in July 2012 we played a show in Castlemaine with Brod Smith. He’s a crazy-genius-western-nut-ex-rocker and is also Ambrose’s father. This was not long after we had collaborated with him on the recording of Sam Cherry’s Last Shot so we performed an off the cuff version of that song to half-a-dozen confused locals.

That got me thinking about trying a multi-song, read-along, narrative based, western musical record. Brod seemed keen to compose a story and provide narration so Cavs, Lucas and I raced to my parents’ garage and recorded Fort Whipple and The Killing Ground. You can hear my parents’ dogs barking in the background and my dad > banging on some old rusted saw blade. I didn’t really have much of an idea about recording back then (still don’t really). I think I had 2 microphones and was recording onto this hunk-of-shit-but-kinda-awesome digital 8 track machine. We had no mic stands so one mic was taped onto a shoebox in front of a guitar amp and one was hanging over the drum kit boxing ring style from the roof truss. I sent these recordings to Brod and he wrote the first chapter of Eyes Like The Sky that night and sent me a recording of him reading it into his computer mic. It sounded kind of fucked up so played it through a guitar amp, recorded it, and synched it to the next recording we made which ended up being the title track.

Brod and I went back and forward from there, sometimes the music inspiring the words or the words inspiring the music. It all came together pretty fast. So as you may be able to tell, it is flattering and bemusing to me that people would want to listen to this fried, weird, lo-fi record of ours. So thank you very much!

Enjoy, Love Stu

• Story written and narrated by Broderick Smith
• Music by King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
• Words by Broderick Smith
• Recorded, mixed and produced by Stu Mackenzie
• Mastered by Joseph Carra
• Artwork by Jason Galea
• Photography by Lauren Bamford

Side Position Track Track Length Times Played Live Notes
1 1 Eyes Like the Sky 3:17 4
1 2 Year Of Our Lord 2:57 2
1 3 The Raid 2:24 5
1 4 Drum Run 2:42 0
1 5 Evil Man 3:54 6
2 1 Fort Whipple 2:56 0
2 2 The God Mans Goat Lust 3:17 0
2 3 The Killing Ground 2:50 0
2 4 Dust In the Wind 2:24 0
2 5 Guns & Horses 1:08 0

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