Posted April 10, 2020 by Jeff in Tunes

King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard Releasing Concert Film and Live Album

King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard

Hard rock act King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard is releasing a feature-length motion picture that captures its “adrenaline-inducing onstage performances.”

A double LP featuring the music from the film, which was recorded throughout the band’s 2019 European tour, accompanies the movie. The film premieres April 17 via an online livestream. The film’s accompanying double LP will be available on April 24.

“[Director] John Stewart followed us around for a few weeks through Europe,” says the band’s Stu Mackenzie in a statement. “It was fun and funny and wild and weird. [He was] sometimes, an inconspicuous fly on the wall, sometimes an intrusive camera man one inch from my face. Always exciting though. Chunky Shrapnel was made for the cinema but as both concerts and films are currently outlawed, it feels poetic to release a concert-film digitally right now.”

The band has rescheduled its 2020 North American tour. The new dates begin on October 3 in Berkeley, California, before heading across the continent and concluding on October 30 in St. Paul, Minnesota. All headline dates feature support from Leah Senior. 

For the movie, neither band nor the filmmakers, were interested in making a self-congratulatory “behind-the-scenes expose” film. It was a direct decision to keep the inner workings of the band’s personality at arm’s length. As a result, the group abandoned multiple cameras and cross cutting during performances. It concludes with “a driving, ever accelerating spiral that climaxes in a 15-minute medley that spans four countries.”

Photo provided by Big Hassle.


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