Chunky Shrapnel bills itself as “A musical road movie dipped in turpentine”. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard are known for a theatrically-enigmatic presence; always energetic and always loveable. Their film conveys this and then some.
While the artsy-kid-chewed-up-and-spat-out-by-the-corrupt-system narrative is nothing new, frontman Will Toledo manages to breathe new life into the trope, expressing internal anxieties, as well as sharp criticisms of the entertainment industry.
Nowadays, improvisation is virtually non-existent in classical music and we accept jazz as the ‘improvised’ music, often forgetting that the composers we worship today were also known as virtuoso improvisers in their time.