Flaming Lips Get Heavy on New Record

Forget Yoshimi and his twee friends: Flaming Lips’ lead singer Wayne Coyne says the band’s next album will be more heavy metal than pretty orchestral pop. According to Billboard.com, Coyne and company were inspired by an unlikely source: Black Sabbath. “You can’t tell if [the members of Sabbath] are farmers, wizards, or members of a cult,” Coyne told Billboard. “We’re trying to get some of that heavy rock’n’roll with heavy guitar riffs, but not just to be aggressive,” Coyne continued, “On the last couple or records, we’ve tried to be more expressive in beautiful ways.” Coyne also said that the new album is also influenced by the Flaming Lips’ work on a Queen covers record. The band covered “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Extant working song so far are “The Wand,” which takes cues from Sabbath, and “The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song,” which is inspired by Queen.

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