The rock musicians from Oklahoma Metropolis are actually blowing up in 2020, utilizing inflatable human-sized bubbles to defend themselves and followers in opposition to Covid-19 whereas discovering a method 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 through the pandemic’s early days, the frontman informed CNN.
“I did a bit of drawing… the place I drew an image of The Flaming Lips doing a present in 2019. And I am the one individual within the house bubble, and everyone else is simply regular,” Coyne informed CNN throughout a telephone 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 everyone else.”
On the time, Coyne says, the concept was kind of a social commentary on the state of virus, with the pondering that Covid-19 would by no means linger lengthy sufficient to see the bubble experiment totally inflate.
“I do not suppose anyone would have thought … in the midst of March that that is nonetheless going to be going, , eight months later. I feel all of us thought it is a month, that is possibly two months, however we’ll get a deal with on this,” he mentioned.
Coyne and the band first unveiled the idea throughout a Might go to to “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”
That impressed them to maintain going.
“We do a few songs with about 30 individuals within the bubbles. And we begin to suppose, ‘Nicely, , simply from doing that, we begin to get an concept that we may truly do it, , and it may truly occur,'” Coyne revealed.
The “house bubbles” have lengthy been part of The Flaming Lips stage reveals, so Coyne and firm have been conversant in a collection 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 Might, the will to see the reside music has simply gotten, , extra, extra amplified,” he informed CNN, noting that followers thinking about test-driving the expertise have been requested to reach at The Criterion between 6:30 and seven p.m. ET.
“Proper at a bit of after six, we already had sufficient individuals.”
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.”
Coyne captioned an Instagram post from the show
with the phrase “Yessss!!!” — a nod to the feat they’d collectively pulled off.
“I like the best way this appears, as a result of you may get as excited as you need, you’ll be able to scream as a lot as you need, you simply cannot infect the individual subsequent to you, it doesn’t matter what you overlook about, how excited you get,” he mentioned. “That barrier remains 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, a minimum of amid this international pandemic?
“I am prepared to do all the things I can, , to say, I feel we may do that, and this may 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 that we’re doing one thing totally different…. I feel it may very well be cool. It may very well be enjoyable. And we may all have a, , a loopy distinctive expertise,” he mentioned.
“In the intervening time.”