Eric Moore, one of the two drummers and an integral figure of Australian psyche band King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard, has announced his decision to leave the band.
Moore, who is also the manager of the band, revealed the news through the band’s official record label Flightless Records. The drummer, who will not continue playing with the band, will also step aside on his duties as manager and focus predominantly on the label.
“To anyone that caught a show and dived into our world over the last 10 years I just want to say thank you for the support. Being able to travel the world and perform in front of you is not something I take for granted,” Moore wrote in a post on social media. Whilst I’m deeply saddened by this decision, I don’t have any regrets and have enjoyed every fuckin second of being in this band and the journey it has taken us on. I’ll forever be in awe of the musicianship, creativity and work ethic of every single member.”
He added: “I am so grateful for everything I’ve learnt with my best mates by my side. Life goes on however, and I’m excited to keep growing the label and continuing to champion new artists and business endeavours until the lights go out. And when the lights go out..well.. someone give me the number for Coles cause I can pick and pack an order like a mf.”
Reacting to the news, the band shared the following statement, confirming Moore’s intention to focus on the label: “It is with a heavy heart that we announce Eric’s departure as a member of King Gizz to focus solely on Flightless Records,” the band said. “Over the last decade as both member and manager, from airport to soundcheck and from tour bus to stage he was there each step of the way. Eric made an immeasurable contribution to the band and we’re sad to see him go.”
Adding: “We gotta thank him for his devotion, fervour and good times. We’re so grateful to have had the privilege of travelling the world with one of our best buddies. Wishing you all the best in your future endeavours and we’ll miss ya on the road mate.”
See both statements, below.