King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard have announced Chunky Shrapnel; a feature length music documentary film and accompanying Double LP to be released in April 2020.
The album will be released digitally on April 24th with vinyl pre-orders available on April 10th. The film will premiere online April 17th.
“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. Get the loudest speakers you’ve got, turn ‘em up and watch Chunky on the biggest telly you can find. Get heaps of snacks and convert your lounge room into a cinema.” Stu Mackenzie
A musical road movie dipped in turpentine, Chunky Shrapnel is a point of view/on stage experience from the perspective of King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard. Once a song begins, just like the band, you’re stuck in the adrenaline fuelled quick sand that there is no escape from. The film’s contention is clear from the outset, it’s going to be a “journey” not a “lecture”, an incurved experience rather than a linear one.
The band, nor the film-makers 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 arms length, it is the music they were interested in exploring. The approach was taken that the film’s protagonist should be the “on stage” performances, that was the focus. With this, they abandoned multiple cameras and cross cutting during performances, turning the camera into a vehicle for the audience to experience the show through, rather than placing them in a crowd or side of stage. At 96 minutes, Chunky Shrapnel more than earns its length. At times gently holding your hand and at other times smashing a bottle over your head and dumping your body in a heaving crowd. There is an inevitability to the film, a driving, ever accelerating spiral that climaxes in a 15 minute medley that spans four countries.
Chunky Shrapnel is directed by John Angus Stewart and scored by Stu Mackenzie.
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King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
- Evil Star
- The River (Live in Luxembourg ’19)
- Wah Wah (Live in Madrid ’19)
- Road Train (Live in Manchester ’19)
- Murder Of The Universe (Live in Utrecht ’19)
- Planet B (Live in London ’19)
- Parking (Live in Brussels ’19)
- Venusian 2 (Live in Milan ’19)
- Hell (Live in Milan ’19)
- Let Me Mend The Past (Live in Madrid ’19)
- Inner Cell (Live in Utrecht ’19)
- Loyalty (Live in Utrecht ’19)
- Horology (Live in Utrecht ’19)
- A Brief History Of Planet Earth (Live in London, Berlin, Utrecht and Barcelona ’19)