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King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard is an Australian psychedelic rock band that formed in 2010 in Melbourne, Victoria.[1][2] The band consists of Stu Mackenzie (vocals, guitar, flute), Ambrose Kenny Smith (vocals, synths, harmonica), Cook Craig (guitar, vocals), Joey Walker (guitar, vocals), Lucas Skinner (bass), Eric Moore (drums), and Michael Cavanagh (drums).

The band is noted for its energetic live performances and prolific recording output, having released eleven full-length studio albums since 2012. King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard’s early work was primarily a blend of surf music, garage rock and psychedelic rock, while more recent releases show a broader range of influences, including elements of film music, progressive rock, folk, jazz, soul and heavy metal. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Poster.

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The band members all grew up and went to school in the Deniliquin, Melbourne and Geelong areas. The band started off as a group of friends jamming together, before a mutual friend asked them to play at a show. The band’s name was created “last minute”. Mackenzie wanted to name the band “Gizzard Gizzard” while another band member wanted to reference Jim Morrison‘s nickname “Lizard King”. They eventually compromised with King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard.[3] The artist Jason Galea has created all of the band’s album art, and a majority of their music videos. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Poster.

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The band’s first release, 2011’s Anglesea, was released as a four-track EP on CD. It is named after Anglesea, the town where Mackenzie grew up, and is currently not available for purchase, physically or digitally.[4] The band’s second release, Willoughby’s Beach EP, was released by Shock Records on 21 October 2011.[5] Beat Magazine described the 9-track garage rock EP as “filled to the teeth with consistently killer hooks.”[6] In December 2011, the band appeared at the Meredith Music Festival for the first time.

The band’s first full-length album, 12 Bar Bruise, was released on 7 September 2012.[7] The 12-track garage rock album was self-recorded, and several tracks used unconventional recording methods. For example, the vocals for the album’s title track were recorded through four iPhones placed around a room while Mackenzie sang into one of them.[8] King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Poster.

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King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizzard’s second full-length album, Eyes Like the Sky, was released on 22 February 2013.[9] Described as a “cult western audio book”,[10] the album is narrated by Broderick Smith and tells a story of outlaws, child soldiers, Native Americans and gun fights, all set in the American frontier. The album was written collaboratively by Smith and Stu Mackenzie. When asked about the album’s influences, Mackenzie said: “I love Western films. I love bad guys and I love Red Dead Redemption. Oh, and I love evil guitars”.[11]

The band’s third full-length album, Float Along – Fill Your Lungs, was released on 27 September 2013.[12] King Gizzard shifted from garage rock to a more mellow folk and psychedelic sound on this eight track album.[13] 

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