Posted in music | tour dates on January 24, 2013

by Bill Pearis

The Terror

Flaming Lips will release their 14th album on April 2... and it sounds like a bummer. Says Wayne Coyne:

"Why would we make this music that is The Terror -- this bleak, disturbing record...?? I don't really want to know the answer that I think is coming: that WE were hopeless, WE were disturbed and, I think, accepting that some things are hopeless... or letting hope in one area die so that hope can start to live in another?? Maybe this is the beginning of the answer.
Coyne told Rolling Stone last year that the album, called The Terror, began its life while Steven Drozd was going through a drug relapse. "It was probably the worst time of his life," Coyne told RS. "He did this one piece of music and did lyrics, all these things," Coyne explains. "Not all the pieces were audible, but he had these things saying 'you are alone,' and then the other voice saying, 'I am not alone.' Back and forth between some horrible internal dialogue. It was truly devastating." Coyne says Drozd got through and is now "better than ever." Drozd went though heroin addiction in the late-'90s, and depicted in the Lips' "Spiderbite Song" from 1999's The Soft Bulletin.

These bleak times, though, may have produced "possibly the best Flaming Lips record ever made," Coyne told Rolling Stone. While no music from The Terror has been released yet, that's the cover art above. Expect a tour, though maybe the confetti cannons and giant hamster ball may be retired for such dark material? The band do have a few dates this spring with The Black Keys (none near NYC) and those dates are listed below...

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Flaming Lips - "Spiderbite Song"

The Flaming Lips - 2013 Tour Dates
4/28 Kansas City, Missouri Sprint Center
4/30 Pittsburgh, PA Consol Energy Center
5/02 Atlanta, GA Aaron's Amphitheater at Lakewood
5/03 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena

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Comments (45)

I know it's cool to rip these guys now. But, they really are pioneers.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2013 1:29 PM

i hope all of the drumming is done by stephen.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2013 1:32 PM

I hate that people have to issue a disclaimer when they admit to admiring a band. "I know it's cool to rip these guys..."

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2013 1:36 PM

really fun live show, consistently good albums...hammerstein ballroom laser light show/never forget

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2013 1:37 PM

Is April 2nd Record Store Day or something? Why is every album coming out this year seemingly coming out that day. Flaming Lips, Bleached, Black Angels, etc.

Anyway, this would be an amazing outdoor concert -- Prospect Park, come on.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2013 1:39 PM

I will always have massive respect for their records but I never enjoyed their live show Post-Soft Bulletin. It just got way too gimmicky. If they lost the hamster ball and the 10 minute singalongs and time wasting, I'd go see them again in a heartbeat.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2013 1:39 PM

I hope all the drumming is done by Kliph. Stephen hasn't been the drummer in like a decade.

And yeah, can we finally retire all the stage gimmicks that they've been doing FOR EVERY FUCKING SHOW since Yoshimi came out. No bubble, no confetti, no puppets, no dancing animal suits, no throwing paint around. Wait, they can keep one thing. The nude girls. That can stay.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2013 1:39 PM

it's not really clear, did steve get back into drugs recently?

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2013 1:40 PM

Thrilled to have these guys back & releasing a "regular" album. I love all the experimental stuff (& the collaborations), but this is even that much more exciting. A heads up though, I believe that on the tour dates with The Black Keys they are merely the opening act (ironic really), but if I'm wrong & it's a co-headlining deal I'd be glad to find that out, because I could possibly make that Pittsburgh show. Can't wait for full tour dates. 2013 is turning into a great year so far- the only bands I can I love more than The Flaming Lips are Wilco & Yo La Tengo, & all three have released (love "Fade"!), or are going to be releasing new albums this year!!

Posted by linclink | January 24, 2013 1:41 PM

Dude, the 90s ended.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2013 1:45 PM

@1:39: "I hope all the drumming is done by Kliph."

Seriously!? That dude is bo-ring on drums.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2013 1:49 PM

Please, if the Lips tour they will maybe play one song from this album and the rest will be the same show as the last 7 years interspersed with Wayne's endless talking.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2013 1:53 PM

That is a cool cover.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2013 2:00 PM

great cover
hope the record is as good

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2013 2:03 PM

Clouds Taste Metallic is still an absolutely flawless record. I don't understand why they choose not to play any of those songs live. That shit sounds more space age and loaded with hooks than their trash from 2000 and beyond.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2013 2:04 PM

Nothing off of Clouds Taste Metallic in the live show then Im not interested!

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2013 2:05 PM

Yeah that album cover is awesome.

I'm glad this seems to be more focused than their recent output.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2013 2:06 PM

They have done Lightning Strikes the Postman from Clouds, in recent years.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2013 2:23 PM

Last time I heard it live was maybe 2005?

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2013 2:47 PM

A dark record by TFL? Maybe the perfect counter to the overly-way-too-happy album that was The Soft Bulletin.

"I hate that people have to issue a disclaimer when they admit to admiring a band. "I know it's cool to rip these guys...""

Agreed 100%

"Dude, the 90s ended."

Spoken like a true scarf. Any band that somehow had ANY recognition in another decade (or even something like 2 years ago) always gets a response from loser scarves as "____ was soooooooo *insert year of highest popularity here*! Californiyyyyyyyyaaaaaaaaaa!!!". And that's the funny thing about popularity seeing as though people like this were far from popular in high school.

What bands are you listening to that are so current (and actually GOOD)?

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2013 2:52 PM

Since Tame Impala made The Soft Bulletin part 2, I applaud the Lips for going far out and getting weirder. That record store day 12" was something else.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2013 3:05 PM

i hate when people need to comment that they hate when commenters need to preface their comments with "I know it's cool to rip these guys..."

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2013 3:27 PM

^ I hate your comments.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2013 3:35 PM

I too hate when people need to comment on the fact that people need to comment on when commenters comment on .... oh hell, I'm lost.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2013 3:36 PM

"Anyway, this would be an amazing outdoor concert -- Prospect Park, come on."

I saw both Flaming Lips shows at Prospect Park. Good times, although there is no need to see them twice since they never change the setlist.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2013 3:47 PM

I hate when people preface that they don't like haters then, ironically, proceed to hate on the haters.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2013 3:48 PM

Scarf fags (redundant, I know) trying to outdo themselves in trying to overlap how they hate how they hate... and then passing out from the lack of oxygen. Wow, I guess trying way too be hard to be "cool" really IS hard ass work! LOL!

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2013 4:05 PM

Embryonic was pretty dark...

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2013 4:13 PM

I saw this band onnce when they opened for Porno for Pyros at Roseland. I'm getting old...

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2013 4:27 PM

I eagerly await every new collection of music this band puts out, "focused" or "unfocused."

Embryonic was every bit as rewarding as The Soft Bulletin, but for entirely different reasons which is why this band will always remain so immensely important and so influential.

They're always looking ahead musically while still treading familiar emotional themes, making it all sound so fresh and so new at the same time.

Having said all that, that cover is exuding some serious Soft Bulletin vibes, and I am excited at the prospect of a downright depressing Flaming Lips album.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2013 4:44 PM

I'm bored

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2013 4:47 PM

anon 129 Pioneers of what? I saw them once and thought their live act was absurdly silly. Maybe if I was 8 I would have liked it. Coyne was acting like a jackass also.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2013 4:57 PM

In A Priest Driven Ambulance. That's all you Need.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2013 5:42 PM

they stole live show from butthole surfers, dude's a douche and a liar, go Eryka!

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2013 5:45 PM

I think people are missing the point here. Their live shows are about fun. Let's not over-think it. If you don't get that then you just need to get a shovel and dig yourself a 6ft hole to bury yourself in and stay there.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2013 7:04 PM

Are they doing anything special for their 20 year anniversary of forgetting how to play rock music?

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2013 7:33 PM

704 They were so much fun live we left before they finished playing. The whole thing with animals was dumb. Just play music already.

Posted by Anonymous | January 24, 2013 9:00 PM

Saw them once...they spent way too much time giving out laser pointers and instructing the crowd how to shine them into a stupid mirror for some "wild effect" during a mediocre song.

Posted by Anonymous | January 25, 2013 8:58 AM

I saw the Lips on the Soft Bullitin Tour..they are still playing the same show!

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Posted by Michal | February 24, 2013 5:30 PM

I know it's cool to rip these guys now. But, they really are pioneers.

Posted by Bumba | March 18, 2013 1:24 PM

Love this band. They deliver the gritty punk that only the wealthy son of a corporate lawyer from NJ can deliver.

Posted by medafile | April 14, 2013 9:40 PM

Nothing is cooler then a song about a spider bite.

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