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The Flaming Lips Confirm Details Of New Album 'American Head'

Friday, 26 June 2020 Written by Sophie Williams

The Flaming Lips have announced a new LP.

‘American Head’ is scheduled to arrive on September 11 via Bella Union in the UK and Europe, and will be released via Warner records in the US. The new album will feature a collaboration with the Grammy Award-winning Kacey Musgraves, alongside latest single, the vivid psych-rock number My Religion Is You. Check out its accompanying video below, as well as the record’s tracklist and artwork.

Frontman Wayne Coyne said: 

“Even though 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... it wasn’t until 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 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 seven-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.” 

The Flaming Lips recently postponed their forthcoming run of headline UK shows in light of COVID-19, though new dates are yet to be announced. Keep up to date in real time with new information via Stereoboard.

'American Head' tracklist:

  1. Will You Return / When You Come Down
  2. Watching the Lightbugs Glow
  3. Flowers Of Neptune 6
  4. Dinosaurs On The Mountain
  5. At The Movies On Quaaludes
  6. Mother I've Taken LSD
  7. Brother Eye
  8. You n Me Sellin' Weed
  9. Mother Please Don't Be Sad
  10. When We Die When We're High
  11. Assassins of Youth
  12. God and the Policeman (Feat. Kacey Musgraves)
  13. My Religion Is You

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