Posted in music | tour dates on July 2, 2014

Wurms

Because they're not busy enough as it is, The Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd have formed a new musical project called Electric Würms which also features four members of Nashville band Linear Downfall. The group's debut album, Musik, Die Schwer Zu Twerk, will be out August 19 via Warner Brothers. Let's quote liberally from the entertaining press release:

It all began in the late 70s when someone invented the right kind of acid that could make you fly! It seemed that everything was, at last, possible. And the overly optimistic freaks of the day began flying into outer space.

They flew in spaceships that were, at first, made of futuristic super metal but before too long they didn't even NEED ships. They BECAME the ships and they called themselves Electric Würms. I think because they became just bolts of electrified electricity that could penetrate wormholes in the far reaches of the unknown galactic heaven.

And before they died they sent back to earth beings a sonic bible of discoveries and failures. It was, until now, a strange unsolvable mystery of frequencies and rhythms. Two groups of determined musicians, artist and weirdo thinkers set forth to decipher its message. Two members of The Flaming Lips (Steven and Wayne) and four members of Linear Downfall (Charlee, Chance, Doom and Will) were the chosen ones.

What you have is the first of, what could be endless, communicated sound stories. It is titled Musik, Die Schwer Zu Twerk which predicted this modern day dance move by almost forty years ago. Some of it is indeed hard to twerk to but some of it, if I could do it, is not. There is a particular track called Transform!!! that closely resembles a drug fueled boogie freak rock track by Miles Davis. Another verse Heart Of The Sunrise sounds vaguely like a song by the prog folk group Yes. Of course, Yes also turned themselves into space ships so it's no wonder these songs share a similar vibe.

The record is pretty out-there, man, and you can stream the album's single, "Heart of the Sunrise," below.

The Lips, meanwhile, are still working on their tribute/full-album-cover of The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band featuring appearances from Moby, Miley Cyrus and more. That will be out this fall. They're also on tour, playing festivals this summer, including Saugerties, NY's The Hudson Project on July 11. All dates, plus the stream of that Electric Würms' track, album art and tracklist, below...

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Electric Würms - Heart Of The Sunrise

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Electric Würms - Musik, Die Schwer Zu Twerk tracklist
Deformed in the Future
Futuristic Halucinations
The Bat
The Second Time
Transform
Heart of the Sunrise

The Flaming Lips - 2014 Tour Dates
July 11 Saugerties, NY The Hudson Project
July 13 Cincinnati, OH Bunbury Music Festival
July 15 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
July 16 Fargo, ND The Venue at The Hub
July 19 Pemberton, BC, Canada Pemberton Music Festival
July 27 Niigata, Japan Fuji Rock Festival
Aug 10 San Francisco, CA Outside Lands Festival
Aug 16 Crownsville, MD Silopanna Festival
Aug 30 Larmer Tree Gardens, UK End Of the Road Festival
*Aug 31 Larmer Tree Gardens, UK End Of the Road Festival - Electric Würms
*Sept 1 London, England UK The Village Underground - Electric Würms
Sept 6-7 Toronto, ON, Canada Riot Fest (Date TBA)
Sept 12-14 Chicago, IL Riot Fest (Date TBA)
Sept 19-21 Denver, CO Riot Fest (Date TBA)
Nov 9 Reykjavik, Iceland Iceland Airwaves Festival

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Comments (32)

Who's the Gaga?

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2014 12:11 PM

hairy fat short, and then an oasis of oh yeah

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2014 12:14 PM

Coyne's stock has dropped hard in my eyes after the recent drummer debacle.

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2014 12:15 PM

Coyne's stock dropped hard for me after seeing a Flaming Lips show.

10 minutes of talking for every 3 minutes of music.

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2014 12:19 PM

^ stock brokers

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2014 12:23 PM

Come on guys, Wayne's stock bottomed out about 10 years ago. Now he's just peddling fucking junk bonds.

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2014 12:52 PM

12:19

You didn't enjoy all the "COME ON COME ON COME ON MOTHERFUCKERS"?

And the rants about love and joy and drugs and freaks?

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2014 1:04 PM

went to see flaming lips w/ weezer a few years ago. left 5 minutes in because it was immediately apparent that flaming lips suck and coyne is an a-hole extraordinaire.

and the business w/the drummer and defending the denegrating of american indian culture by the failed abortion of some politician just sealed the deal.

the evil eye is now on coyne ;)

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2014 1:08 PM

so the new gimmick is super-long fingers?

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2014 1:10 PM

We're called Native Americans, you racist pig 1:08. Save your sanctimony, friend.

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2014 1:12 PM

chick is aight. rest looks stupid.

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2014 1:23 PM

This is super dumb.

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2014 1:56 PM

uh, NO asswipe (1:12). INDIAN. F your PC.

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2014 2:23 PM

is wayne doing the chick in the red dress? that's what everyone wants to know right?

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2014 2:41 PM

^yes, followed by: if not, is she available

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2014 2:42 PM

Thats the chick he left his wife of 22 years for? Classy.

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2014 2:57 PM

Wayne Coyne the egomaniac and Machiavellian asshole from the Midwest.

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2014 3:04 PM

Tapioca and the Flea - they may dress like the National but they rock like dudes in T-Shirts

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2014 3:06 PM

are the two gents to the left twins? This group looks like a bumbling cartoon villain and his crew, classic

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2014 4:53 PM

Should be called Overrated Homo

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2014 5:35 PM

just sounds like a modern day lips record...sucky.

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2014 5:43 PM

4:53 wins the internet for today.

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2014 6:27 PM

hate the lips

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2014 8:33 PM

^Meat curtains !

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2014 10:43 PM

^& the Pretenders

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2014 10:44 PM

lol 5:35 ftw. nice.

Posted by Anonymous | July 3, 2014 12:11 AM

has anyone noticed the song is a cover? surely the writer posting about this "prog" band knows they are covering Yes' most popular song... right?

Posted by Anonymous | July 3, 2014 1:59 AM

The Munsters 2K14.

Posted by Anonymous | July 3, 2014 9:35 AM

Thought this was sick, have no need for the band drama to change my opinions on the music, Kliph is crushed by Drozd in the drummer seat anyway...

Posted by Anonymous | July 3, 2014 10:02 AM

what is this Indiana bullshit?

Posted by Anonymous | July 3, 2014 10:47 AM

bloody knob ends and wankers

Posted by Anonymous | July 3, 2014 10:58 AM

People like to praise Drozd these days, but the dude hasn't written a good song in years. He may not be as douchey as Wayne, but he's definitely out of ideas

Posted by Anonymous | July 3, 2014 11:04 AM

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