King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

The Silver Cord (KGLW)

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Today, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard announce their new album, The Silver Cord, out October 27th on KGLW, and present its lead singles/videos, “Theia / The Silver Cord / Set,” the track trio that opens the record. As King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard’s 25th album hovers into view, where next for the world’s most restless, most inventive, most gleefully insatiable group? The answer is suggested by the sleeve to The Silver Cord, which depicts the six members of King Gizz surrounded by synthesizers of all shapes and eras. This is the album where perhaps the most thrilling rock group on the planet turn their hand to Electronic Music.


“Theia / The Silver Cord / Set” introduces this captivating turn, and offers a glimpse at what is still to come. The Silver Cord does something no King Gizzard album has ever attempted before — becoming an album with a split personality and of divergent possibilities. For The Silver Cord will be available in two incarnations, the first paring its seven tracks back to their hooks, their choruses, their innate pop essence, and respecting the furniture of traditional song form. The second version of the album, however, bulldozes the rules of the three-minute pop hit and lets these robotic tunes run free. “The Silver Cord – Extended Mix” stretches the connecting tissue between each track as far as it can, with Gizz operating as their own disco remixers and exploring the infinite possibilities contained within these extended futurist anthems, building them into astonishing epics unlike anything else in the group’s voluminous catalog.


“The first version’s really condensed, trimming all the fat,” explains Mackenzie. “And on the second version, that first song, ‘Theia’, is 20 minutes long. It’s the ‘everything’ version – those seven songs you’ve already heard on the first version, but with a whole lot of other shit we record while making it. It’s for the Gizz-heads. I love Donna Summer’s records with Giorgio Moroder, and I’d never listen to the short versions now – I’m one of those people who wants to hear the whole thing. We’re testing the boundaries of people’s attention spans when it comes to listening to music, perhaps – but I’m heavily interested in destroying such concepts.”


For King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard, there is no final frontier. Over a decade into their quixotic musical journey, this twelve-legged Antipodean noise machine has taken genres as diverse as Turkish psychedelia, motorik prog, conceptual thrash-metal, bucolic folk-rock, liminal funk, haywire garage-noise and even gonzoid hip-hop and bent each one to their will. Longtime Gizz-aficionados will know that The Silver Cord is not the group’s first excursion into the world of wires and oscillators and gadgetry – their 2021 album Butterfly 3000 (their 18th, for all the numerologists in the room) was centred around vintage modular synthesisers and arpeggiators they’d liberated from the world’s junk shops along their travels. But that album’s bugged-out progressive pop suite was an offshoot of necessity, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard using this tech as a means to create an album while they were isolated from each other during the COVID-19 lockdown.


The Silver Cord, by contrast, is a full-hearted and purposeful embrace of electronic equipment and, indeed, electronic music in its own right. It all began with an ancient electronic drum kit, purchased on impulse by Gizz’s hirsute rhythm-master, Michael “Cavs” Cavanagh. The Simmons drum-set is an iconic relic of 1980s futurism, its octagonal drum-pads instantly recognisable from music videos of that era. “The Simmons kit is really sick, actually,” grins Stu Mackenzie, Gizzard’s singer/guitarist. “It has this little ‘electronic’ brain all the drum-pads plug into, and while the sounds it can make are pretty rudimentary, we soon decided we wanted to commit to it as the drum sound for this next record. We set Cavs’ Simmons kit up in the centre of the room, and then dragged every synth we had in the practice space or lying about our houses into the studio, and plugged everything in. It was chaotic. It was probably the coolest our studio has ever looked, to be honest.”


The group approached the songwriting for The Silver Cord with the same improv impulse that guided its sister album, the thrash epic PetroDragonic Apocalypse, and the preceding Ice, Death, Planets, Lungs, Mushrooms And Lava. Each day, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard entered the studio and improvised these songs into existence from the ground-up, shaping them from their moments of collaborative, on-the-fly inspiration. The difference from those earlier albums, of course, was the equipment they were using, and the influences they were honoring. “We come at electronic music from an amateur angle,” acknowledges Mackenzie. “I play the Juno synthesizer like a guitar, I don’t really know how to play it. But I wanted to be at peace with being the rock band pretending to know how to use modular synthesizers. “We’re in uncharted waters, we’re further out to sea, but leaning into it, and we got to a spot where we were really happy with what came out.”


While the futuristic machine music of The Silver Cord is composed and performed on man-made technology, its lyrical themes lean towards that which is beyond human knowledge: the mystic, the infinite and the magical. “It’s metaphysical,” says Mackenzie, “about the spirit, and about life and death, about ancient myths and gods, meditation and astral traveling. I wanted to make lots of disparate connections.”


The fusion of such weighty themes (with music that sees King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard boldly go where they’ve never gone before) is exactly the kind of risky business that is the group’s métier. Their cavalier disregard for safety nets and comfort zones is a defining characteristic, and one that is yielding the best music of their career. And they wouldn’t have it any other way. “It’s liberating to terrify yourself,” Mackenzie grins. “I really believe in that as a philosophy. It’s always been part of our DNA. It’s something we’ve always done, putting ourselves in a position where the cortisol kicks in, pushing ourselves off the bridge and forcing ourselves to swim. Maybe we’ve got the thrill-seeker gene in us or something. It’s definitely my idea of fun.”


Next year, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard will bring their acclaimed 3-hour marathon sets back to North America, including stops in New York, Chicago, Austin, TX and Quincy, WA at the legendary Gorge Amphitheatre (which, at a capacity of 21,600 tickets, will be the band’s largest headline show to date). A full list of dates is below. Tickets are available at



    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