Rock musicians from Oklahoma City are literally exploding by 2020, using inflatable-sized bubbles to defend themselves and fans against Covid-19 while looking for a way to play live .
Performing at The Criterion in their hometown on Monday night, The Flaming Lips put themselves – and everyone in attendance at the fans – inside individual plastic spheres. The concert – part of a live show, part of a music video shoot – was born out of a sketch of Wayne Coyne’s doodle in the early days of the pandemic, the frontman told CNN.
“I did a little drawing … where I drew a picture of The Flaming Lips showing a show in 2019. And I’m the only person in the space bubble, and everything else is normal,”; Coyne told CNN in a telephone interview on Friday. “Then (I made another drawing on) The Flaming Lips playing a show in 2020. The exact same scenario, but I’m in a bubble, and so is everything.”
At the time, Coyne said, the idea was more or less social commentary on the virus state, thinking that Covid-19 would not last long to see the bubble experiment fully evolve.
“I don’t think anyone would have thought … in the middle of March it would still go, you know, eight months later. I think we all thought it was a month, maybe it was two months, but we can get it, “he said.
They were inspected to continue.
“We’re making a couple of songs with about 30 people in the bubbles. And we’re starting to think, ‘Wow, you know, just by doing this, we’re starting to get an idea that we can really do it.’ , you know, and it can really happen, ‘”Coyne revealed.
“Space bubbles” have long been part of The Flaming Lips’ stage shows, so Coyne and company are familiar with a series of inflatable orbs. After setting the details, the band ordered 100 bubbles from China, and this unique musical event first released on Coyne’s sketchpad – is ready to pop.
“Since May, the desire to see live music has taken off, you know, more, more empowered,” he told CNN, citing fans interested in the test-driving experience being asked to come to The Criterion between 6:30 and 7 pm ET.
“Right after six, we have a lot of people.”
With hundreds of fans afloat, The Flaming Lips performed a dance remix of “Assassins of Youth” and “Brother Eye,” a couple of tracks from their latest LP, “American Head.”
“I like the look of it, because you can get as excited as you want, you can shout as much as you want, you just can’t infect the person next to you, no matter what you forget, how excited you are,” he said. he. “That barrier is still there, they are protected, and you are protected … part of it is what we really felt was success,” he said.
So are bouncing bubbles, with fans and bands equally embedded, the future of live music, even in the midst of this global pandemic?
“I’m willing to do everything I can, you know, to say, I think we can do it, and it will be safe,” said Coyne, who said he was eventually hoping for a vaccine. .
“We, as The Flaming Lips, like the idea that we are doing something else … I think it can be cool. It can be fun. And we will all have, you know, a crazy unique experience,” he said. he.
“In the meantime.”