The Flaming Lips performing "Look…The Sun Is Rising" - off their new album The Terror -
on The Late Show with David Letterman last night (4/3/13)
The Flaming Lips' new album The Terror dropped in the UK on Monday, two weeks ahead of its scheduled April 16th, 2013 Stateside street date. You can pre-order it now from Amoeba Music in both CD and double LP vinyl versions.
The Terror is the band's 13th full-length album and was produced by the Lips' long-time collaborator Dave Fridmann at Tarbox Road Studios. I recently got to hear the nine track release thanks to a label advance streaming of the album and have to say that I like it a lot and consider it their best work in years as it evokes a really powerful, hypnotically dark, grimy feel. "Bleak, disturbing" is how the band's own Wayne Coyne described the record, posing and answering his own question: "Why would we make this music that is The Terror?… I don't really want to know the answer that I think is coming. Maybe this is the beginning of the answer." Down in Austin at the recent SXSW festival, the band hosted two events includig a first-ever live performance of Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots, the band's 2002 gold album, in its entirety. Reportedly, the show was filmed live by NPR for a future broadcast. For their other SXSW show, they performed the new album The Terror at the large scale Auditorium Shores venue where Jim James (of My Morning Jacket, who opened the show) joined the band on-stage for a charged version of "Do You Realize??". Last night in NYC, the band was on The Late Show with David Letterman to perform the new album track "Look…The Sun Is Rising" (video above), and over the next couple of months they are playing a handful of select US shows that will include a performance at the NorCal Bottle Rock Festival in Napa on May 10th. In the meantime, you can pre-order The Terror CD and/or The Terror double LP version.