King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard: “The moment that it doesn’t come easy, that’ll be the moment where we don’t do it anymore”

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard. Credit: Jason Galea
(Image credit: Jason Galea)

Even in the year 2022, when every possible combination of genre, format and concept has been done, exhausted, reinvented and exhausted again, there’s no band quite like King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard. That’s impressive enough on its own, but even more so is the fact that on their 20th album in ten years, the Melbourne-native trip-rockers are still finding new ways to re-invent even themselves. 

So far this year, they’ve dropped two full-length efforts: the long-teased (and vinyl-exclusive) Made In Timeland, consisting of two 15-minute acid house jams; and Omnium Gatherum, a two-disc, 80-minute journey through all the peaks and valleys – then up into the skies, then deep underground – of King Gizzard’s kaleidoscopic artistry. Beginning with their most expansive song to date – the 18-minute ‘Dripping Tap’ – the record explores everything from synthpop, hip-hop, prog and metal to psych-rock, jazz, funk and folk. It is indeed so colourful and eclectic that in this inexplicable, paradoxical kind of way, it is perfectly cohesive and instantly approachable. 

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Ellie Robinson
Editor-at-Large, Australian Guitar Magazine

Ellie Robinson is an Australian writer, editor and dog enthusiast with a keen ear for pop-rock and a keen tongue for actual Pop Rocks. Her bylines include music rag staples like NME, BLUNT, Mixdown and, of course, Australian Guitar (where she also serves as Editor-at-Large), but also less expected fare like TV Soap and Snowboarding Australia. Her go-to guitar is a Fender Player Tele, which, controversially, she only picked up after she'd joined the team at Australian Guitar. Before then, Ellie was a keyboardist – thankfully, the AG crew helped her see the light…