At least by their standards, The Flaming Lips have kept relatively quiet since April’s release of The Terror. But in the coming months, Wayne Coyne and Co. will drop not one but two new EPs.
No strangers to the realm of Sci-Fi concept album, the band’s Peace Sword EP was inspired by the forthcoming Hollywood blockbuster, Ender’s Game. Due out on Black Friday (November 26th), it’ll feature six new Lips songs produced by Dave Fridmann, including “Think Like A Machine, Not A Boy”, “Wolf Children”, and “Assassin Beetle/The Dream Is Ending”. That’s the totally pretty, absolutely not outrageous cover art above.
Coyne discussed the project in an interview with The Huffington Post back in August. “We really ended up liking (the movie). A lot of times, people do songs for movies and there are a lot of criteria that you have to follow to make it suit the movie people…We quite like the mood of it and the way of it, the sound and the theme of it. Steven [Drozd] and I both remarked, ‘Man, I’d like to do some more music associated with this,’ and we think they’re going to let us.. I think it could work out.”
However, in an accompanying post on Instagram, Coyne stressed the band’s involvement is despite Ender’s Game creator Orson Scott Card and his controversial comments regarding same-sex marriage. “Our involvement is only with the music directors of the movie… but yeah… these are conflicts all big projects have to deal with,” Coyne explained. We try to do cool things with cool people that, obviously benefit us and the cool people we doing stuff with… occasionally these benefits extend to abstractly connected people who are NOT so cool… So we try to choose…”
The band will further address Card’s comments with an etching on the EP’s vinyl, which will read “Hey Orson Scott Card You Are Wrong” on side one and “Gay People Are Cool” on the flip (via Future Heart).
Also coming soon: A split EP from the Lips and their future tour mates Tame Impala. The two bands hit the road for a string of shows next month, and attendees will be able to pick up an exclusive tour-only vinyl featuring a pair of covers from each band. The Lips cover Tame Impala’s “Elephant” and “Runway, Houses, City, Clouds”, while Tame Impala returns the favor with renditions of “Are You a Hypnotist?” and “Silver Trembling Hands”.
Watch a video of The Flaming Lips recording their cover of “Elephant” below.