Today, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard announce their first-ever double album, Omnium Gatherum, which is coming soon via their own label KGLW(and available for pre-order on March 22nd). Today, they share its epic 18-minute lead single, “The Dripping Tap.”
Following 2020’s KG and 2021’s LW and Butterfly 3000, Omnium Gatherum was the first time King Gizzard recorded together as a band since the COVID pandemic hit, and Melbourne placed its citizens under a series of prohibitive lockdown measures. Omnium Gatherum’s sprawling 16 tracks of gonzoid prog jams, dizzying pop nuggets, rubber-legged hip-hop odysseys and passages of pure thrash-metal abandon offer plenty for Gizzard fans and neophytes alike to chew on. Typically, Gizzard albums pursue a single theme or style – for example, Infest The Rat’s Nest’s eco-themed metal barrage, or Butterfly 3000’s new age trance-pop, or Nonagon Infinity’s endless garage-prog contortions – and part of the thrill of Omnium Gatherum for the group was the opportunity of new ideas without committing to deliver an entire album in that vein. It’s the perfect entry point for newcomers, and a solid treat for the faithful as well.
Lead single “The Dripping Tap” is an 18-minute krautrock/garage-psych jam – an ecstatic pile-up of motorik vibes, giddy pop and gleefully gonzo crescendos. It’s unmistakeably Gizzard, with its restless, interlocking riffs and supernatural changes of mood, but it pushes the Lizard Wizard jam archetype a quantum step or three further. The album’s title, Mackenzie says, is “literally Latin for ‘a collection of miscellaneous people or things’” – a fitting sobriquet for Gizzard’s first-ever double album, and their boldest, most ambitious, most far-reaching release yet.
Conceived as a compendium of unreleased songs that had never found a home on previous Gizzard albums, Omnium Gatherum snowballed, and soon the group were writing and recording new songs for the swiftly expanding album. Its tracks were recorded at Gizz HQ, but also at their legendary, since-vacated clubhouse, 253 Lygon Street, or remotely at home. Lyrically, the themes are diverse, though the group’s concern for the ecological well-being of the planet remains a constant. Some tracks return to the synth-psych visions of Butterfly 3000, others revisit the fevered thrash-metal attack Gizzard coined on 2019’s Infest The Rat’s Nest, elsewhere, the group play bold, unexpected wildcards. Goofball prog, colossal rock-outs and enchanting folksong abound.
Stu Mackenzie elaborates: "This recording session felt significant. Significant because it was the first time all six Gizzards had gotten together after an extraordinarily long time in lockdown. Significant because it produced the longest studio recording we’ve ever released. Significant because (I think) it’s going to change the way we write and record music - at least for a while… A turning point. A touchstone. I think we’re entering into our ‘jammy period’. It feels good.”
The result feels like a Greatest Hits album, in its variety and the strength of the songs – only you’ve never heard any of these tracks before. It's the sound of a group operating at their absolute peak, a group motivated by a deserved confidence that they could try their hands at anything. It’s also the sound of a group ready to return to the road after two fallow years – a handful of live shows in Australia, performed in the brief windows between lockdowns, has reawakened King Gizzard’s taste for live action. To say that they’re “up for it” would be a dizzying exercise in understatement.
KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD TOUR DATES Sat. Mar. 19 - Buenos Aires, AR @ Lollapalooza Argentina Sun. Mar. 20 - Santiago, CL @ Lollapalooza Chile Wed. Mar 23 - São Paulo, BR @ Cine Joia Sat. Mar. 26 - São Paulo, BR @ Lollapalooza Brazil Sun. Mar. 27 - Bogotá, CO @ Festival Estereo Picnic Mon. April 11 - San Diego, CA @ Humphreys Concerts by the Bay^ Tue. April 12 - Pomona, CA @ Fox Theater Pomona^ Wed April 13 - Santa Barbara, CA @ Arlington Theatre ~ Fri. April 15 - Indio, CA @ Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival Sun. April 17 - Las Vegas, NV @ Event Lawn at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas % Mon. April 18 - Las Vegas, NV @ Event Lawn at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas ! Tues. April 19 - Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre ? Wed. April 20 - Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre ? Fri. April 22 - Indio, CA @ Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival Sun. April 24 - San Luis Obispo, CA @ Madonna Inn $ SOLD OUT Tue. April 26 - Sonoma, CA @ Gundlach Bundschu $ SOLD OUT Wed. April 27 - Petaluma, CA @ Phoenix Theater $ SOLD OUT Sat. April 30 - Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Knees Festival Wed. May 4 - Monterrey, MX @ Showcenter Fri. May 6 - Mexico City, MX @ Quarry Studios Sun. May 8 - Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, MX @ Loot/Musa Sat. May 14 - Queretaro, MX@ Jardin Hercules Sun. May 15 - Guadalajara, MX @ Teatro Estudio Guanamor Fri. May 20 - Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre & SOLD OUT Sat. May 21 - Columbus, OH @ KEMBA Live! Outdoor & Sun. May 22 - Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre & SOLD OUT Tue. May 24 - Rochester, NY @ Water Street Music Hall & SOLD OUT Wed. May 25 - South Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground & SOLD OUT Thu. May 26 - South Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground &SOLD OUT Sat. May 28 - Boston, MA @ Boston Calling Music Festival Tue. May 31 - Athens, GR @ Gagarin 205 Wed. June 1 - Athens, GR @ Gagarin 205 Fri. June 3 - Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound - SOLD OUT Sun. June 5 - Barcelona, ES @ Primavera in the City SOLD OUT Mon. June 6 - Barcelona, ES @ Primavera in the City SOLD OUT Tue. June 7 - Barcelona, ES @ Primavera in the City SOLD OUT Thu. June 9 - Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound - SOLD OUT Sat. June 11 - Mannheim, DE @ Maifeld Derby Festival Sun June 12 - HIlvarenbeek NL @ Best Kept Secret Tue. June 14 - Berlin, DE @ Tempodrom Fri. June 17 - Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival Sat. June 18 - Miami, FL @ Space Park & Sun. July 31 - Waterford, IE @ All Together Now Tue. Aug. 2 - Šibenik, HR @ St. Michael’s Fortress Wed. Aug. 3 - Šibenik, HR @ St. Michael’s Fortress Fri. Aug. 5 - Prague, CZ @ Archa Theatre Sun. Aug. 7 - Vienna, AT @ Arena Wien (Open Air) Tue. Aug. 9 - Leipzig, DE @ Parkbühne Wed. Aug. 10 - Munich, DE @ Tonhalle Fri. Aug. 12 - Sion, CH @ Palp Festival Sun Aug 14- Helsinki, FIN @ Flow Festival Wed. Aug. 17 - Paredes de Coura, PT @ Paredes de Coura Festival Fri. Aug. 19 - Gueret, FR @ Check-In Party Festival Sat. Aug. 20 - Saint-Malo, FR @ La Route du Rock Festival Tue. Aug. 23 - Cologne, DE @ E-Werk Wed. Aug. 24 - Hamburg, DE @ Markthalle Fri Aug 26- London, UK @ All Points East Sat. Aug. 27 - Málaga, ES @ Canela Party Sun. Oct. 2 - Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theatre * Tue. Oct. 4 - Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater* SOLD OUT Wed. Oct. 5 - Vancouver, BC @ PNE Forum* Thu. Oct. 6 - Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre * Mon. Oc. 10 - Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre* SOLD OUT Tue. Oct. 11 - Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre* SOLD OUT Fri. Oct. 14 - St Paul, MN @ The Palace Theatre* SOLD OUT Sat. Oct. 15 - Chicago, IL @ RADIUS* SOLD OUT Sun. Oct. 16 - Detroit, MI @ Masonic Temple* Tue. Oct. 18 - Toronto, ON @ History* SOLD OUT Wed. Oct. 19 - Montreal, QC @ L’Olympia* Fri. Oct. 21 - New York, NY @ Forest Hills Stadium* Sat. Oct. 22 - Philadelphia, PA @ Franklin Music Hall* SOLD OUT Sun. Oct. 23 - Washington, DC @ The Anthem at The Wharf* Mon. Oct. 24 - Asheville, NC @ Rabbit Rabbit* Wed. Oct. 26 - Atlanta, GA @ The Eastern* Thu. Oct. 27 - New Orleans, LA @ Orpheum Theater * Mon. Oct. 31 - Oklahoma City, OK @ The Criterion # ^ w/ Mildlife ~ w/ Mildlife, DJ Crenshaw % w/ Amyl and the Sniffers, SPELLLING, DJ Crenshaw ! w/ The Chats, SPELLLING, DJ Crenshaw $ w/ SPELLLING, DJ Crenshaw ? w/ SPELLLING & w/ Jess Cornelius * w/ Leah Senior # w/ The Murlocs, Leah Senior