The Flaming Lips have set aside their love for Pink Floyd, King Crimson, TSA scares, world records, and musicians’ blood to issue their first proper studio album since 2009’s Embryonic. The Terror will reign supreme April 1st via Bella Union and Warner Bros (via Pitchfork) — that is, if it isn’t an elaborate April Fool’s day joke.
“Why would we make this music that is The Terror— this bleak, disturbing record…??” Wayne Coyne rhetorically asked himself in a press release. “I don’t really want to know the answer that I think is coming: that WE were hopeless, WE were disturbed and, I think, accepting that some things are hopeless… or letting hope in one area die so that hope can start to live in another?? Maybe this is the beginning of the answer.”
Self-produced alongside longtime collaborator Dave Fridmann, the nine-track album will be preceded by the non-album single “Sun Blows Up Today”, which will appear in a Super Bowl ad starring the Lips themselves on February 3rd. However, all pre-orders for The Terror on iTunes will receive an instant download of said track starting January 29th.
Update: “Sun Blows You Today” will be featured in a commerical starring the Lips that will air during the Super Bowl.
Don’t forget the Lips are heading out on tour with The Black Keys pretty soon, too. Consult their full itinerary below, shortly after the album’s tracklist.
The Terror Tracklist:
01. Look…The Sun Is Rising
02. Be Free, A Way
03. Try To Explain
04. You Lust
05. The Terror
06. You Are Alone
07. Butterfly, How Long It Takes To Die
08. Turning Violent
09. Always There…In Our Hearts
The Flaming Lips 2013 Tour Dates:
03/29-31 Sau Paulo, BR @ Lollapalooza Brazil
04/28 Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center *
04/30 Pittsburgh, PA @ CONSOL Energy Center *
05/02 Atlanta, GA @ Aarons Amphitheatre at Lakewood *
05/03 Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena *
05/20 London, UK @ Roundhouse
05/21 London, UK @ Roundhouse
06/14 Hultsfred, SWE @ Hultsfred Festival
06/15 Arhus, DEN @ Northside Festival
* = w/ The Black Keys