It’s been 18 months since Oklahoma art rockers the Flaming Lips released their last album, “At War With the Mystics” — which won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance with the track “The Wizard Turns On ...”
So, not surprisingly, frontman Wayne Coyne and his cohorts are thinking about what they’ll do next. But, Coyne says, just thinking at the moment.
“I have ideas I think could spur a great new Flaming Lips concept and a new sound and things like that,” notes Coyne, 46. “But that hopefully we won’t be messing with that for at least another year or so. We have so many little things we’re trying to do.”
They’re not necessarily so little. The Lips, who had a song on the “Spider-Man 3” soundtrack earlier this year and released the concert DVD “UFO’s at the Zoo,” contributed material to the new Farrelly Brothers movie “The Heartbreak Kid.” They also have plans to finally release their longin-the-making film “Christmas on Mars,” which has been in post-production since filming wrapped up in 2005.
Coyne says he hopes to premiere the film at the South By Southwest festival in March in Austin, Texas. But rather than putting it in theaters, Coyne hopes to take the movie on “tour,” using special effects during the screenings to give fans “a Flaming Lips experience of another kind.”
“I want the Flaming Lips audience to shape this,” Coyne explains. “It’ll be like our live show, which evolves as it goes. We’ll show it to the audience and let them talk out there on message boards, and then maybe we’ll take that and go back and change it and put it out there again and see what they think.
“It’ll be a different experience than sitting at home and watching a DVD, for sure. I don’t know if a lot of bands can do that, but the Flaming Lips sure can.”
The Flaming Lips and Birds of Avalon perform Monday (Oct. 1) at Clutch Cargo’s, 65 E. Huron St., Pontiac. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are sold out. Call (248) 333-2362 or visit www.newclutchcargos.com.
Send your thoughts and comments to