Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard is an Australian psychedelic garage rock band from Melbourne, formed in 2010. The band consists of Stu Mackenzie (vocals, guitar, flute), Ambrose Kenny Smith (synths, harmonica), Cook Craig (guitar), Joey Walker (guitar), Lucas Skinner (bass), Eric Moore (drums), and Michael Cavanagh (drums).
The band are noted for their energetic live performances and their prolific recording output, having released thirteen full-length albums since 2012. King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard's early work saw them primarily perform in a style that blended 1960's surf music, garage rock and psychedelic rock, but more recently have experimented with a broader range of influences, including elements of film music, progressive rock, folk, jazz, soul, Krautrock and heavy metal.
The band members all grew up and went to school in the Deniliquin, Melbourne and Geelong areas. The band started off as a group of friends jamming together, before a mutual friend asked them to play at a show. The band's name was created 'last minute'. Mackenzie wanted to name the band "Gizzard Gizzard" while another band member wanted to reference Jim Morrison's 'Lizard King'. They eventually compromised with King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard.
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