March 20, 2013


Hear Flaming Lips Play New Album 'The Terror' at SXSW

Jordan Naylor
Jordan Naylor

The Flaming Lips didn't just collaborate with My Morning Jacket's Jim James while performing their entire iconic 2002 release Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots at SXSW. Oh no, they're never one to under deliver. The Oklahoma psychedelic vets also debuted their new album, The Terror, live for Austin fans and recorded the audio, which they just leaked in advance of the LP's official April 2 release. 

One listen proves what multi-instrumentalist Steven Drozd recently told Fuse about the album, the band's 13th (!!!): "It's a sustained bummer," he explained. Drozd, a recovering addict, added that the LP was inspired by his relapse, and is full of downer titles including "You Are Alone" and "Butterfly, How Long It Takes to Die."

"I hope fans are jarred by The Terror and say, ‘Wow, these guys are really bummed out.'" Drozd added. "There are certain records that I like to put on when I’m in a bummed out mood. Even though they’re depressing the sound makes me feel connected to something. I get some emotional lift from it. I hope this is one of those records. You can put it on and be like, 'Oh, someone else feels this way too.'"