Making more music . . . and releasing movies

By Jamie Lowe

Melbourne-based band King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, featuring former Deniliquin musicians Michael Cavanagh and Eric Moore, has made the most out of a bad situation.

Hamstrung from performing live due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the rock group has instead spent the majority of 2020 recording new material.

Mr Cavanagh said the completion of the band’s 16th studio album was a silver lining to the cancellation of what was to be a busy 2020 tour year.

‘‘We decided that we’d see it as a chance to make more albums,’’ he said.

‘‘We originally had tours booked for the whole year before everything stopped. We were going to play at Coachella in April before it was postponed to October, and now it has been postponed again until at least next year.

‘‘It’s really tough not being able to go out there and play gigs, but we are using the time we have off to make more music.

‘‘Originally we were going to have next year off after our tours, but this early break has come at a pretty good time.

‘‘I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t itching to get back on stage though, I can’t wait to get out there and play again.’’

King Gizzard’s newest album, which is yet to be released, was not all easy going for the band though.

With Victoria going into heavy restrictions due to COVID-19, the band was forced to record some songs in isolation.

‘‘We have our own individual studios at our homes,’’ Mr Cavanagh said.

‘‘It was a bit of a different way of recording and it was a slower process putting the songs together, but it gave us all a bit more time to put together our own parts and a bit more freedom to be creative.

‘‘When restrictions eased we were able to get back together and record at our studio in Brunswick, to finish the album.’’

And it’s not just just albums the band is working on.

It’s also released two documentaries this year.

The band released of a short documentary about the creation of its Infest the Rats’ Nest album (2019) called RATTY, on Monday, June 22.

It also released a feature length documentary in April. 

All funds raised from the purchase of RATTY (which costs $3 USD to stream) will be donated to The Australians For Native Title and Reconciliation, BlaQ Aboriginal Corporation, DJIRRA and Indigenous Social Justice Association Melbourne.

‘‘The documentary was recorded early last year,’’ Mr Cavanagh said.

‘‘We generally have a camera crew, film maker and director that follows us on tour already, as we had a feature length film called Chunky Shrapnel that documented our 2019 European tour.

‘‘We wanted to give back where we can and that’s why we decided to have all funds raised from RATTY donated to worthy organisations.

‘‘We did the same when the bushfires ravaged Australia earlier this year, it’s all about doing the right thing to help everyone out.’’

Both movies have been made available through Vimeo On Demand.  Chunky Shrapnel can no longer be viewed, but RATTY is available now. 

You will find a link to the film on the King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Facebook page.