King Gizzard Announce “Chunky Shrapnel” Album & Feature Length Film
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard are excited to announce that their new double-LP live album CHUNKY SHRAPNEL will be released digitally on April 24th and available in US record stores on May 29th!
Pre-orders will be available in ATO’s online store at 6pm EST on April 9th, check back and don’t miss out on our “Vomit Bomb” edition! ? ?
This double-LP live album features 13 live performances hand-picked from the band’s 2019 European tour and includes a musical score written by Stu Mackenzie that adds a ‘magical touch of alien melancholy’ throughout the record. Chunky Shrapnel is an adrenaline fueled psychedelic trip that captures the energy of a live concert while also creating something tailored and unique to King Gizzard.
The band has also announced a feature-length motion picture by the same name that follows King Gizzard’s adrenaline-inducing onstage performances from the perspective of the band. The film is accompanied by a double LP featuring the music from the film, which was recorded throughout the band’s 2019 European tour. The film will premiere on Friday, April 17 via an online live-stream — watch the trailer and purchase tickets to the premiere HERE.
“John Stewart (director of Chunky Shrapnel) followed us around for a few weeks through Europe,” says the band’s Stu Mackenzie. “It was fun and funny and wild and weird. 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.”
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-fueled quicksand 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.
Chunky Shrapnel album track list:
1. Evil Star
2. The River (Live in Luxembourg ’19)
3. Wah Wah (Live in Madrid ’19)
4. Road Train (Live in Manchester ’19)
5. Murder Of The Universe (Live in Utrecht ’19)
7. Planet B (Live in London ’19)
8. Parking (Live in Brussels ’19)
9. Venusian 2 (Live in Milan ’19)
10. Hell (Live in Milan ’19)
11. Let Me Mend The Past (Live in Madrid ’19)
13. Inner Cell (Live in Utrecht ’19)
14. Loyalty (Live in Utrecht ’19)
15. Horology (Live in Utrecht ’19)
16. A Brief History Of Planet Earth (Live in London, Berlin, Utrecht and Barcelona ’19)
KING GIZZARD AND THE LIZARD WIZARD
10/3 – Greek Theatre – Berkeley, CA &
10/5 – Moore Theatre – Seattle, WA
10/7 – Roseland Theater – Portland, OR
10/9 – Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival – Indio, CA
10/12 – Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Morrison, CO &
10/13 – Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Morrison, CO &
10/16 – Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival – Indio, CA
10/18 – Shaky Knees Festival – Atlanta, GA
10/19 – The Anthem – Washington, DC
10/22 – Franklin Music Hall – Philadelphia, PA
10/23 – Kings Theatre – Brooklyn, NY
10/25 – L’Olympia – Montreal, QC
10/27 – Queen Elizabeth Theatre – Toronto, ON
10/28 – Masonic Temple – Detroit, MI
10/29 – Radius – Chicago, IL
10/30 – The Palace Theatre – St. Paul, MN
& – Marathon Set shows
All headline dates w/ Leah Senior