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King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard to release three albums in October

By | Published on Thursday 8 September 2022

King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard

King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard have announced that they will release a slightly excessive three new studio albums next month. Although that will bring them up to a total of 23 in the space of the last ten years, and in that context maybe it’s not such an over the top plan.

Rather than turning up to the studio with pre-written songs and demos, the plan for this trilogy was to create music in the moment. And so, over the course of seven days, the band turned up for recording sessions with no plan but to jam, each day picking a different scale and BPM to work on.

“All we had prepared as we walked into the studio were seven song titles”, says frontman Stu Mackenzie. “I have a list on my phone of hundreds of possible song titles. I’ll never use most of them, but they’re words and phrases I feel could be digested into King Gizzard world”.

“Naturally, each day’s jams had a different flavour, because each day was in a different scale and a different BPM”, he goes on. “We’d walk into the studio, set everything up, get a rough tempo going and just jam. No preconceived ideas at all, no concepts, no songs. We’d jam for maybe 45 minutes, and then all swap instruments and start again”.

Following those freewheeling recording sessions, things had to get more methodical to cut up those recordings and turn them into actual songs. This included the lyrics, which were penned once the instrumentals were formed. Mackenzie explains: “We had an editable Google Sheet that we were all working on. Most of the guys in the band wrote a lot of the lyrics, and it was my job to arrange it all and piece it together”.

And so, from that chaos came these three new albums. The first, ‘Ice, Death, Planets, Lungs, Mushrooms And Lava’, will be released on 7 Oct, followed by ‘Laminated Denim’ on 12 Oct and ‘Changes’ on 28 Oct.

From ‘Ice, Death, Planets, Lungs, Mushrooms And Lava’, this is ‘Ice V’: