Michael "Cavs" Cavanagh

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Michael "Cavs" Cavanagh
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Birth nameMichael Cavanagh
  • Psychedelic rock* garage rock* progressive rock* heavy metal
  • drums
Years active2005-present

Michael "Cavs" Cavanagh is an Australian musician and drummer for the psychedelic rock band King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard[1].

Growing up in Australia, he used to sit in on his cousin's drum lessons before picking up the instrument at age 16, having been inspired by jazz and rock and roll drummers such as John Bonham and Louie Bellson.[2]

Cavanaghs's solo debut, the self-titled album CAVS was released in 2021. It is comprised of instrumental drum and percussion music. [1]


As of 2023 the main kit that Cavanagh uses with King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard is a C&C custom acrylic drum kit in "Amber" finish.[3] With his main kit Cavanagh uses Dream cymbals. The main cymbals he uses are: 15" Dark Matter Hi-hats, 22" Bliss Crash Ride, 22" Energy Ride, and a 18" Lion/China.[4][5] He began using Remo roto toms in 2021.[3]


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  • Released July 9, 2021[6]
  • Available on LP, streaming, and digital download


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Gun Point
  • Release October 28, 2021[7]
  • Available on streaming and digital download


  1. 1.0 1.1 Triscari, Caleb (2021-06-08). "King Gizzard drummer Michael Cavanagh announces solo project, Cavs". NME. Retrieved 2023-07-07.
  2. Dream Cymbals - Interview with King Gizzard's Michael Cavanagh, retrieved 2023-07-07
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Michael Cavanagh's Drum Sets | Equipboard". equipboard.com. Retrieved 2023-07-08.
  4. "Dream Cymbals and Gongs on Instagram: "Dream artist Michael Cavanagh aka CAVS came by the office in Toronto and made some beautiful music while on tour with King Gizzard this past fall. All of us at Dream were so dialed while he danced around his kit nailing 45 styles in 45 minutes. The respect Cavs has for the history of the drumset is infectious. We're privileged to have him play our sounds. Cavs is playing 15" Dark Matter Hats 22" Bliss Crash Ride 22" Energy Ride 18" Lion/China"". Instagram. Retrieved 2023-07-08.
  5. "Dream Cymbals - Michael Cavanagh". Dream Cymbals. Retrieved 2023-07-08.
  6. "CAVS, by CAVS". CAVS. Retrieved 2023-07-07.
  7. "Gun Point, by CAVS". CAVS. Retrieved 2023-07-07.

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