Prolific psych lords King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard have shared the surreal clip for “Catching Smoke,” a track featured on their recently released and critically-acclaimed album, Butterfly 3000, and it’s their most delightfully mad video yet.

Following the release of the album, the band have been putting out one video every week, from the first track to the last, and today, they share their madcap, “through-the-looking-glass” vision for “Catching Smoke.”

Directed by Danny Cohen and co-produced by Cohen and Tessa Mansfield-Hung, the video features the band going through a full metamorphosis, but rather than wallowing in some sort of Kafka-esque, bad trip vibes, the band’s journey is one of joyful, devil-may-care determination and ebullience. As Cohen explains:

“Here’s a clip that might feel like the past, or the future, maybe both, the present? It’s set wherever you want it to be, whenever too, in a time that’s everyone’s. It’s a story of a fleeting fleet, straying the course to inhabit their inner instinctual insect, I think. Or maybe it’s precisely what it is—Sgt. Pepper’s Bug’s Life Matrix Band but more fun.”

King Gizzard guitarist and primary songwriter Stu Macknezie adds:

“‘Catching Smoke’ is about chasing the feeling that’s impossible to catch. You’ll never get your hands on it, but you’re gonna try anyway.”

Watch the video for “Catching Smoke” below:


  • Sun. Oct. 2 – Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theatre
  • Tue. Oct. 4 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
  • Wed. Oct. 5 – Vancouver, BC @ PNE Forum
  • Thu. Oct. 6 – Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre
  • Mon. Oct. 10 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
  • Tue. Oct. 11 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
  • Fri. Oct. 14 – St Paul, MN @ The Palace Theatre
  • Sat. Oct. 15 – Chicago, IL @ RADIUS
  • Sun. Oct. 16 – Detroit, MI @ Masonic Temple
  • Tue. Oct. 18 – Toronto, ON @ History
  • Wed. Oct. 19 – Montreal, QC @ L’Olympia
  • Sat. Oct. 22 – Philadelphia, PA @ Franklin Music Hall
  • Sun. Oct. 23 – Washington, DC @ The Anthem at The Wharf
  • Mon. Oct. 24 – Asheville, NC @ Rabbit Rabbit
  • Wed. Oct. 26 –  Atlanta, GA @ The Eastern
  • Mon. Oct 31 – Oklahoma City, OK @ The Criterion

*all dates supported by Leah Senior

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