King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

Flight b741 ((p)doom records)

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Relentlessly inventive, the ever restless King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard today announce their 26th album, Flight b741, out Friday, August 9th, and share its lead single “Le Risque.” As the band’s first release on their own newly minted (p)doom records imprint, the album showcases a remarkable change-of-pace, swapping the big picture ambition for the intimacy of six good friends enjoying each other’s company and collaborating on perhaps the warmest, most bonhomie-laden set the group have yet committed to wax.


And this joyful, loose approach is perfectly encapsulated on the first track to be lifted from the album, “Le Risque”, an infectious, rolling boogie which also notably features the vocal debut of drummer Michael Cavanagh.


Accompanied by a suitably aviation themed video, director Guy Tyzack said: “We were super lucky to have been granted access to this amazing air hanger. The song was chosen because most of the Gizz guys had a singing part and I was excited for the mic to be passed around at a fun, never stopping pace. The day was super packed tight for what we wanted to get and we didn’t want to cut corners. Our crew was tight and the Gizz guys know how to put on a show. We were so tight for time that I didn’t pee all day.”


With a recent run of expansive and conceptual albums behind them, which have spanned from a thrash-metal epic dealing with the current climate crisis to a Moroder-esque pre-digital synth album of proto-Kraftwerk bangers, Flight b741 sees King Gizzard ditch all the high-falutin’ scheming in favor of irresistible country-fried rock’n’roll and the kind of effortless songwriting that comes as second language when you’ve been playing music together 24/7 for almost a decade-and-a-half. The concept this time is ‘no concept’.


“We wanted to make something that was primal, instinctual, more ‘from the gut’,” says Gizzard king Stu Mackenzie, “just people in a room, doing what feels right. We wanted to make something fun.”


The group booked in two weeks at their studio and worked Monday to Friday, “like factory workers”, clocking in and then rocking out. “We came in with the roughest skeletons for songs,” says Mackenzie, “and tried to keep the arrangements simple, free and easy. The best takes were always the ones where we were winging it pretty significantly.” The key was not overthinking everything, focusing instead on capturing lightning inside a bottle.


All hopped-up on early Steve Miller Band and the infinite wonderfulness of The Band, King Gizzard laid down the riffs, the grooves, the choogle. Once it was time for the vocals, however, they took a brand new tack – passing the mic. “This is our most collaborative record – the collaboration was occurring in the room, it was free, and everyone was bringing in songs and ideas,” says Mackenzie. “And we wanted to have as many lead vocalists as we could, and to pass the mic, like, ‘This is my part, my idea, I’m gonna sing it and then I’m gonna pass the mic along to you and you can do your thing’. The whole record is built around that. We ended up doing a lot of backing vocals and extra recording, everyone in a room around a couple of microphones, just to give it that feel.”


The communal approach to vocals extended to a more collaborative vibe on lyrics, too. “We had broad themes for every song, and for the bigger picture of the album as a whole,” says Mackenzie, “but once the mic was passed it was all up to the person who was singing. These songs weren’t written in isolation – someone would write their verse, sing it for the demo, and that would inspire the next person’s part. So we were riffing off each other. Lyrically, it’s all pretty introspective – we’re having a lot of fun, but we’re often singing about some pretty heavy shit, and probably hitting on some deeper, more universal themes than usual. It’s not a sci-fi record, it’s about life and stuff.”


“The record is like a really fun weekend with your mates, you know?” nods Mackenzie. “Like, proper fun.”


In addition to their upcoming U.S. tour, which includes 3 hour marathon sets in New York, Chicago, Austin, and Quincy, WA, 3 headlining sets at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, and a performance at The Forum in Los Angeles, King Gizzard have also announced a European Residency Tour for early summer 2025. Tickets to all dates are available here.



    Aug 15, 2024
    Washington, DC
    The Anthem

    Aug 16, 2024
    Forest Hills, NY
    Forest Hills Stadium

    Aug 17, 2024
    Forest Hills, NY
    Forest Hills Stadium

    Aug 19, 2024
    Boston, MA
    The Stage at Suffolk

    Aug 20, 2024
    Portland, ME
    Thompson's Point

    Aug 21, 2024
    Toronto, ON
    Budweiser Stage

    Aug 23, 2024
    Detroit, MI
    Aretha Franklin Ampitheatre

    Aug 24, 2024
    Cleveland, OH
    Jacobs Pavilion

    Aug 25, 2024
    Newport, KY
    MegaCorp Pavilion Outdoor

    Aug 27, 2024
    Philadelphia, PA
    The Dell Music Center

    Aug 28, 2024
    Richmond, VA
    Brown's Island

    Aug 30, 2024
    Asheville, NC Arena

    Aug 31, 2024
    Nashville, TN
    Ascend Ampitheater

    Sep 01, 2024
    Chicago, IL
    Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island

    Sep 04, 2024
    Milwaukee, WI
    Miller High Life Theatre

    Sep 05, 2024
    St. Louis, MO
    The Factory

    Sep 06, 2024
    Omaha, NE
    The Astro Ampitheater

    Sep 08, 2024
    Morrison, CO
    Red Rocks Ampitheatre

    Sep 09, 2024
    Morrison, CO
    Red Rocks Ampitheatre [EARLY SHOW]

    Sep 09, 2024
    Morrison, CO
    Red Rocks Ampitheatre [LATE SHOW]

    Sep 11, 2024
    Troutdale, OR
    Edgefield Ampitheater

    Sep 12, 2024
    Vancouver, BC
    Pacific Coliseum

    Sep 14, 2024
    Quincy, WA
    The Gorge Ampitheatre

    Nov 01, 2024
    Inglewood, CA
    The Forum

    Nov 02, 2024
    San Diego, CA
    The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park

    Nov 03, 2024
    Paso Robles, CA
    Vina Robles Ampitheatre

    Nov 04, 2024
    Stanford, CA
    Frost Ampitheater at Stanford

    Nov 08, 2024
    Las Vegas, NV
    Bakkt Theater at Planet Hollywood

    Nov 09, 2024
    Phoenix, AZ
    Arizona Financial Theatre

    Nov 10, 2024
    Albuquerque, NM
    Revel Entertainment

    Nov 12, 2024
    Oklahoma City, OK
    The Criterion

    Nov 13, 2024
    Fayetteville, AR
    JJ's Live

    Nov 15, 2024
    Austin, TX
    Germania Insurance Amphitheater

    Nov 16, 2024
    Houston, TX
    White Oak Music Hall

    Nov 17, 2024
    New Orleans, LA
    Mardi Gras World

    Nov 19, 2024
    Atlanta, GA
    Fox Theatre Atlanta

    Nov 20, 2024
    St. Augustine, FL
    St. Augustine Ampitheatre

    Nov 21, 2024
    Miami, FL
    Factory Town