The Flaming Lips Change The Terror Release Date, Perform Yoshimi
The Flaming Lips have pushed the release date for their next studio album The Terror from April 1 to April 16. As previously reported, The Terror was produced by longtime collaborator Dave Fridmann and the members of The Flaming Lips at Tarbox Road Studios. Multi-instrumentalist Steven Drozd considers the music they’ve created on this album as “a mood that might possibly suggest elements of Popol Vuh, Silver Apples, and Suicide.”
Wayne Coyne explains in a statement, “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. Maybe this is the beginning of the answer.”
The Flaming Lips played two very different events at Austin’s SXSW music conference last week. On Thursday, they performed Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots in its entirety for the first time at The Belmont. The show was filmed live by NPR. Details of when the show can be viewed will be announced shortly.
In addition, they performed The Terror in its entirety the following night at Auditorium Shores, which set an all-time attendance record for a show at that venue in the history of SXSW drawing in excess of 30,000 attendees. Opening act Jim James joined the band on-stage for “Do You Realize??”. The Auditorium Shores show was broadcast live by Sirius/XM.
The Flaming Lips will perform at Sao Paulo, Brazil’s Lollapalooza Brazil on March 29. They will also appear on
The Late Show with David Letterman on April 3.