King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard’s ‘Chunky Shrapnel’ is crazed psych-rock therapy

An ambitious live project and self-indulgent ego fest all at once

Shot from the Chunky Shrapnel european tour by Jamie Wdziekonski, 2020

These performances feel like therapy for the band members themselves, who look like they’re living out their rock and roll fantasies.

‘Chunky Shrapnel’ album cover by groups artist Jason Galea

Chunky Shrapnel is an attempt to bring Gizzard’s live energy to our miserable, socially hobbled, quarantined existences.

Still from the ‘Chunky Shrapnel’ movie trailer, 2020
Backstage shot from ‘Chunky Shrapnel,’ 2020

By shooting on film, King Gizzard is doing more than tipping their hats to the retro concert movie style, they are trying to replicate it.

Another (stranger) backstage shot from ‘Chunky Shrapnel,’ 2020

Maybe King Gizzards success is in part due to their deliberate attempts to be an iconic rock band.

Still from ‘Chunky Shrapnel,’ 2020

It’s so therapeutic to see King Gizzard just having fun.

Still from ‘Chunky Shrapnel’ 2020

Journalism student at the University of King's College, Halifax N.S Canada. Writer, music enthusiast, and cautious defender of the Oxford comma.

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