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King Gizzard drummer Michael Cavanagh announces solo project

Michael Cavanagh, the drummer for Australian psych-rock heroes King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, has announced a new solo project entitled Cavs.

We’ve been handed our first taste of the new project in the form of a nearly ten-minute music video featuring Cavanagh playing a drum solo. That video, entitled T2JD, was directed by John Stewart and features a single unbroken shot of Cavanagh as he rips through rhythms and meters with anarchic aplomb.

T2JD is a ten-minute, completely improvised drum solo named after one of my all time favourite films,” Cavanagh said in a statement. “I see T2JD as a jam between me and director John Stewart. He circled me like a caged lion as I fed him raw meat.”

“When it comes down to it there are few ways to express a live performance on screen. Especially when it comes to a drum solo,” Stewart observed. “If you shoot with multiple angles the pacing of the edit interferes with the rhythm and pace of the performance. Shooting on a circular track with the ability to rise above and drop below was the only way to show a solo of this kind without compromising the energy of the performance.”

Incorporating elements of jazz, krautrock, African rhythms, polyrhythms, and goodly fashion John Bonham-esque sonic booms, T2JD is another radical entry in to the ever expanding King Gizzard Musical Universe. The band should hire an historian just to keep track of all the side projects, films, collaborations, and experimental ventures that members of the band partake in on top of the already prolific output of King Gizzard’s main discography. Cavanagh has now carved out his own unique identity among the nebulous and psychedelic collective.

Check out the video for T2JD down below. The accompanying percussion album, Cavs, will be available to pre order on vinyl June 21st.

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