Published May 07, 2015Former For Stars frontman Carlos Forster is readying a new solo record, but before the details of that are totally confirmed, he's shared a new rendition of a familiar favourite. The singer-songwriter has reworked the Flaming Lips' "Ego Tripping at the Gates of Hell" and offered up some accompanying visuals, which you can see first right here at Exclaim!.
The track originally appeared on the Lips' 2002 album Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, though Forster gives it his own spin. His love for the song originated after scoring a bootlegged advanced version of Yoshimi after a For Stars show in New Jersey. The band were instantly obsessed with the album, and Forster was particularly drawn to "Ego Tripping at the Gates of Hell."
"I always thought it should be much, much sadder," he explained in a statement about the cover. "For years I would mosey around the house singing it in this sorrowful way."
He recorded his rendition at home on his birthday (December 21) in 2012, with Michael Mullen and John Murry, after a celebratory evening of Chinese food and cake. The video itself was more of a solo creation.
"I made the video at home (in the same living room) and would start working on it after our nightly family dinner," he said. "With the kids on that same couch watching cartoons, and my wife catching up on work, I would sit there banging my head against the wall scouring the internet for images that connected with the feelings in that performance. I had no intention of bringing in floating children though somehow they floated into my mind like the bizarre thoughts experienced when just on the edge of sleep."
Forster's upcoming album will be self-released in July and was produced by M. Ward. As we await the concrete details of the release, check out his audio/visual homage to "Ego Tripping at the Gates of Hell" below.