Aussie act King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard may well have just given us the video of the year for ‘People Vultures’. It’s easily the weirdest in terms of props, and put simply, their giant-sized cardboard monster – which took three weeks to build – kicks seven shades out of Radiohead’s six-inch stop motion miniatures.
Watch on in awe here, and read how it all came together below:
Directed by Danny Cohen and Jason Galea, the production team for ‘People Vultures’ numbered nearly thirty people, with filming taking place in a quarry outside of Geelong, in Victoria. The vulture, meanwhile, drew inspiration from 60/70’s Japanese Tokusatsu TV shows like Ultraman and Kamen Rider.
Here’s King Gizzard frontman Stu Mackenzie explaining the madness that ensued once the band actually started filming the short:
“What a crazy day. 18 hours in a mammoth 20 foot avian Frankenstein monster made of cardboard, pine and latex. 13 people inside the beast at any one time – seven Gizzards, one stabilising my head, two puppeteering the wings and three to push our friend along the rocky terrain. I think I permanently injured my spine wearing that awkward, bulky burdensome head on a backpack and every night since, I’ve had nightmares about that claustrophobic cavity. Everyone is severely traumatised by the ordeal – Joe has been left mentally scarred and Ambrose sadly passed away. We buried him at the You Yangs. RIP my friend :(”
Talking more seriously, directors Cohen and Galea said there were genuine dangers when moving the beast with people actually inside it:
“With the vulture fully assembled and all the band members inside, it weighed over a tonne and was difficult to move safely across the rough terrain without breaking or toppling over. Stu had the daunting job of being inside the vulture’s neck and head with only a small railing to battle the vertigo and bumps as the vulture slowly moved.”
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard’s new album ‘Nonagon Infinity’, featuring ‘People Vultures’, is out now. The band play the following UK dates:
18th, Glanusk Park, Green Man Festival
21st, Hamburg, Dockville Festival
2nd, Tollard Royal, End of the Road Festival
6th, Brighton, Concorde 2
8th, London, Brixton Electric
9th, Manchester, Ritz