The rock musicians from Oklahoma Metropolis are actually blowing up in 2020, utilizing inflatable human-sized bubbles to defend themselves and followers towards Covid-19 whereas discovering a solution to play reside.
Acting at The Criterion of their hometown on Monday night, The Flaming Lips positioned themselves — and all attending followers — inside particular person plastic spheres. The live performance — which was half reside present, half music video shoot — was born out of a sketch doodled by Wayne Coyne in the course of the pandemic’s early days, the frontman advised CNN.
“I did just a little drawing… the place I drew an image of The Flaming Lips doing a present in 2019. And I am the one particular person within the area bubble, and all people else is simply regular,” Coyne advised CNN throughout a cellphone interview on Friday. “Then (I did one other drawing with) The Flaming Lips enjoying a present in 2020. The very same state of affairs, however I am in a bubble, and so is all people else.”
On the time, Coyne says, the thought was kind of a social commentary on the state of virus, with the considering that Covid-19 would by no means linger lengthy sufficient to see the bubble experiment absolutely inflate.
“I do not assume anyone would have thought … in the midst of March that that is nonetheless going to be going, you realize, eight months later. I believe all of us thought it is a month, that is perhaps two months, however we will get a deal with on this,” he mentioned.
That impressed them to maintain going.
“We do a few songs with about 30 folks within the bubbles. And we begin to assume, ‘Properly, you realize, simply from doing that, we begin to get an concept that we may really do it, you realize, and it may really occur,'” Coyne revealed.
The “area bubbles” have lengthy been part of The Flaming Lips stage exhibits, so Coyne and firm have been conversant in a sequence of inflatable orbs. After setting the specs, the band ordered 100 bubbles from China, and this distinctive music occasion – one first drawn up on Coyne’s sketchpad — was able to pop.
“Since Could, the will to see the reside music has simply gotten, you realize, extra, extra amplified,” he advised CNN, noting that followers curious about test-driving the expertise have been requested to reach at The Criterion between 6:30 and seven p.m. ET.
“Proper at just a little after six, we already had sufficient folks.”
With a pair hundred followers floating about, The Flaming Lips carried out a dance remix of “Assassins of Youth” and “Brother Eye,” a pair of tracks from their newest LP, “American Head.”
“I like the best way this seems, as a result of you will get as excited as you need, you may scream as a lot as you need, you simply cannot infect the particular person subsequent to you, it doesn’t matter what you neglect about, how excited you get,” he mentioned. “That barrier continues to be there, they’re protected, and also you’re protected… that a part of it’s what we actually felt like was the success,” he mentioned.
So are bouncing bubbles, with followers and bands equally encased, the way forward for reside music, at the least amid this world pandemic?
“I am keen to do the whole lot I can, you realize, to say, I believe we may do that, and this might be completely protected,” says Coyne, who mentioned that in the end he is holding out hope for a vaccine.
“We, as The Flaming Lips, we like the concept we’re doing one thing completely different…. I believe it may very well be cool. It may very well be enjoyable. And we may all have a, you realize, a loopy distinctive expertise,” he mentioned.
“In the meanwhile.”