King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard have officially released their documentary RATTY. The film chronicles the making of the Australian group’s 2019 album Infest the Rats’ Nest.
This release comes several months after King Gizzard debuted another film, Chunky Shrapnel. That concert film, and accompanying live album, documented the band’s 2019 European tour and was due to premiere at Melbourne’s Astor Theatre in spring, but that was ultimately cancelled due to COVID-19. Instead, the cross-genre group released the film for a mere 24 hours on Vimeo.
In a trailer attached to the RATTY Vimeo page, fans are given a brief taste of the chaos encapsulated in the band’s 28-minute short film. A barrage of VHS tape, pounding drums, black and white footage, and more somehow encapsulates the ethos of King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard in a mere 41-second teaser. John Angus Stewart directed RATTY, along with Chunky Shrapnel and several of the band’s music videos.
RATTY also serves as a fundraiser for various causes in the band’s home country, including Australians For Native Title and Reconciliation, BlaQ Aboriginal Corporation, DJIRRA, and Indigenous Social Justice Association Melbourne. A description of the film reads,
RATTY is a nasty little peek at the making of KGATLW’s 2019 album “Infest the Rats’ Nest”. The doc shows the path of creation from gag jams to gigs and all the sweat and stink that comes with it.
Watch RATTY from King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard below.
RATTY – The Making of King Gizzard’s ‘Infest The Rat’s Nest‘