The Flaming Lips: il nuovo album

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Si chiama ‘American Head’ il nuovo album dei Flaming Lips che sarà fuori l’11 settembre via Warner Records. Dopo il primo assaggio di maggio (‘Flowers of Neptune 6’) il brano che ha lanciato il tutto è il bellissimo ‘My Religion Is You‘ a cui sono seguiti ‘Dinosaurs on the Mountain‘ e ‘You n Me Sellin’ Weed‘. Wayne Coyne e compagni erano reduci (marzo) dal disco-collaborazione con il duo Deap Vally come Deap Lips. Nuovo brano in ascolto ‘Mother Please Don’t Be Sad’. E colpo di coda fu.

The Flaming Lips are from Oklahoma. We never thought of ourselves as an AMERICAN band. I know growing up (when I was like 6 or 7 years old) in Oklahoma I was never influenced by, or was very aware of any musicians from Oklahoma. We mostly listened to the Beatles and my mother loved Tom Jones (this is in the ’60s)… it wasn’t till I was about 10 or 11 that my older brothers would know a few of the local musician dudes. So… for most of our musical life (as The Flaming Lips starting in 1983) we’ve kind of thought of ourselves as coming from ‘Earth’… not really caring WHERE we were actually from. So for the first time in our musical life we began to think of ourselves as ‘AN AMERICAN BAND’… telling ourselves that it would be our identity for our next creative adventure. We had become a 7-piece ensemble and were beginning to feel more and more of a kinship with groups that have a lot of members in them. We started to think of classic American bands like The Grateful Dead and Parliament-Funkadelic and how maybe we could embrace this new vibe. The music and songs that make up the American Head album are based in a feeling. A feeling that, I think, can only be expressed through music and songs. We were, while creating it, trying to NOT hear it as sounds… but to feel it. Mother’s sacrifice, Father’s intensity, Brother’s insanity, Sister’s rebellion…I can’t quite put it into words. Something switches and others (your brothers and sisters and mother and father…your pets) start to become more important to you…in the beginning there is only you… and your desires are all that you can care about…but… something switches.. I think all of these songs are about this little switch”.