Australian psych-rockers King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard have released a new video for their song ‘Catching Smoke’.
The visualiser is an appropriately trippy and psychedelic experience from a band who excel at potently heady sounds and visuals. Situated somewhere between a local theatrical production and an actual goddamn nightmare, the video’s first four minutes find the band in a fairly standard rehearsal mode. They’re looking dapper in suits, except for singer Stu MacKenzie who rocks a full-body wood-feather cocoon.
It’s only after the synthesizer breakdown that the video kicks into its vibrant conclusion. Complete with dancers, day-go paint, and various bug-related costumes, the band carry home the catchy slice of bizzaro indie rock with choreographed madness. MacKenzie emerges from his cocoon as a beautiful butterfly, and the entire band celebrates with a final arm-flailing burst of movements.
Just like every single piece of media, visual or otherwise, that the band releases, I would highly recommend not partaking in any psychedelic substances before watching the ‘Catching Smoke’ video. The band always teeter on the edge of bad trip-adjacent freakouts, so better safe than sorry.
‘Catching Smoke’ is the sixth track from the band’s most recent LP Butterfly 3000. That album is the band’s eighteenth in just over a decade, making the Gizz one of the most productive band’s in the world. Bassist Lucas Harwood is conspicuously absent from the Butterfly 3000 credits, even though he makes an appearance in the ‘Catching Smoke’ video. Based on how quickly and efficiently the band records, there’s a solid chance he just slept in one day and the band finished an entire album by the time his second alarm went off. Such is life in the Gizzverse.
Check out the video for ‘Catching Smoke’ down below. Butterfly 3000 is available to buy and stream right now.