The band with the name that’s fun to say have just put out a video that’s utterly bizarre to watch.
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard’s People-Vultures is… well, it’s the story of a horrific vulture monster, composed of the band itself, wandering the countryside and vanquishing warriors that challenge it.
The clip’s creator, co-director and visual effects guy, Jason Galea confirms a wonderful mish-mash of inspiration behind the video.
“It started off really influenced by Jodorowsky but, as it went on and the ideas got more wacky, we started looking into more Ultraman, Kamen Rider kind of stuff to create fight scenes,” he explains.
Anyone who was a child in the 90s will see shades of Power Rangers in the martial arts choreography and monster-of-the-week flavour—even as any Jodorowsky references sail over their heads.
The clip fits so well into the King Gizzard aesthetic, it comes as a bit of a surprise that the band themselves were fairly hands-off during production. Instead, director Danny Cohen collaborated with Galea to come up with the strange but compelling video.
The shoot took two days in the You Yangs—but according to the clip’s producer, Ruth Morris, the vulture itself took several weeks of building. The team at Box Wars built the cardboard “skin” and flappable wings, before an art department team led by Tom Brooks worked on the finer details of the feet, eyes and feathers.
King Gizzard have always been a band to go far down the rabbit hole of every idea. Their latest guiding concept, for the album Nonagon Infinity, is the infinite loop—the record is designed to be loop back into itself when played on repeat. Excitingly, all the album’s video clips will also play with this concept—the band is making them into a Nonagon Infinity movie, also designed to be repeated in a never-ending loop.
People-Vultures is just one part of that project, so hopefully we’ll get answers to some of the questions it raises—like, who can defeat this vulture? From where does it draw its awesome power? And honestly, how do these guys come up with this stuff?