The Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd recently teamed with Nashville psych rockers Linear Downfall to form a new band called Electric Würms. At the same time, the Lips proper were at work on another collaborative project entirely: their forthcoming covers album of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. That project, however, features a slightly more famous pool of contributors, including Miley Cyrus, Maynard James Keenan, Moby, Phantogram, and MGMT.
Now, the two projects’ worlds collide, as the Electric Würms share their contribution to With a Little Help from My Fwends with a cover of “Fixing a Hole”. Here, Coyne and Drozd’s “fantastical prog rock kind of a jam band” flip the whimsical baroque pop tune completely on its head. The instrumentation and general structure remain the same, but the pacing has been reduced to a slow, almost druggy haze (aided in part by Drozd’s extra fuzzy vocals). The result is a little surreal and occasionally frightening; so, basically, just what you’d expect from the Lips and co.
Listen in below (via Stereogum).
With a Little Help from My Fwends is due out October 28th via Warner Bros. Records. Meanwhile, the Würms will release their debut EP, Musik, Die Schwer Zu Twerk, on August 19th.
With a Little Help From My Fwends Tracklist:
01. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (feat. My Morning Jacket, Fever the Ghost, and J Mascis)
02. With a Little Help from My Friends (feat. The Flaming Lips, Black Pus, and The Autumn Defense)
03. Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds (feat. Miley Cyrus, Moby, and The Flaming Lips)
04. Getting Better (feat. Dr. Dog and Chuck Inglish)
05. Fixing a Hole (feat. Electric Wurms)
06. She’s Leaving Home (feat. Phantogram and Juliana Barwick)
07. Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite! (feat. The Flaming Lips, Maynard James Keenan, and Sunbears)
08. Within You Without You (feat. Birdflower and Morgan Delt)
09. When I’m Sixty-Four (feat. The Flaming Lips and more)
10. Lovely Rita (feat. Tegan & Sara and Stardeath and White Dwarves)
11. Good Morning Good Morning (feat. Zorch, Grace Potter, and more)
12. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) (feat. Foxygen and MGMT)
13. A Day in the Life (feat. The Flaming Lips and Miley Cyrus)