Published May 12, 2009Head Flaming Lip Wayne Coyne has spilled more details on the band's follow-up to 2006's At War with the Mystics, and by the sounds of things, we're getting a double album.
In a new interview with Billboard, the freaky Oklahoman revealed that the group are shooting for a summer release date for the band's first venture into double-album territory, explaining that 13 tracks are already written, with around eight more to go before the yet-untitled record is released via Warner Bros.
"Somewhere along the way it occurred to me that we should do a double album," Coyne says. "Just this idea that you can kind of weave a couple of themes into there and you can sort of sprawl a little bit. Our past couple of records we've always had this little dilemma, like how many songs do you put on? How many instruments do you put on? What's the focus?
"And some of my favourite records - thinking Beatles White Album, Zeppelin's Physical Graffiti and even some of the longer things that the Clash have done -part of the reason I like them is that they're not focused. They're kind of like a free-for-all and go everywhere. It's not necessarily because we're prolific, I think we always stay in a sort of perpetual panic of like, we never have more songs than we need and we always wonder if any of them are any good to begin with. I do think we probably work best in a panic, so maybe it's best that I planned it this way."
Coyne went on to say that the new material has quite a different vibe from the band's previous work, citing the new track "Convinced of the Hex" as being "Joy Division meets Miles Davis" and the song "I Don't Understand Karma" as his response to John Lennon's "Instant Karma."
"I think with this there was an element of accidentally stumbling upon more spontaneous sort of freak-out stuff," Coyne says. "We were sitting at [drummer] Steven's house and we just started out having these freak-out jam sessions where he'd play drums and I'd play bass and we just would sort of do freaky stuff. Some of those recordings, even though they're not recorded very well, really had a spontaneity about them that we probably wouldn't have purposely done.
"So we just went with some of that and use those as sort of the bedrock of what we'd do later on with overdubs and lyrics and stuff like that. It sounds very exciting."