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The Flaming Lips

The Flaming Lips

Wednesday, July 17

syt8Psychedelic rock band the Flaming Lips have morphed and transformed several times over their 30-year-long career. From punk to indie rock, psychedelia to industrial, the Lips have always embraced change. Where they were once triumphantly battling pink robots and tripping through the universe, they’re now lurking through a gloomy come-down on their latest record, The Terror. The new record has the band, fronted by the wild-eyed, bushy-haired Wayne Coyne, abandoning their hedonistic love-in philosophy for a dystopic vision of a Bladerunner-like world without love. “If we have love, give love, and know love,” Coyne says, “we are truly alive, and if there is no love, there would be no life. The Terror, we know now, that even without love, life goes on, we just go on. There is no mercy killing.” Heavy words from the 52-year-old vocalist from Norman, Oklahoma, but I think he would agree that experiencing the lows only make the highs feel that much higher. The record peaks with tracks like “You Lust,” which takes the listener down a steam-punk conveyer belt of devilish vocals and static synth beams. In recent years the Flaming Lips have had a dominating live show unlike any other. With the release of their new record they’ve revamped their set-up, so expect a few surprises when Coyne, guitarist Steven Drozd, bassist Michael Ivins, and drummer Kliph Scurlock come to Artpark on Wednesday for one of the most anticipated shows of the summer at an incredibly cheap price.

– cory perla

5pm Artpark, 450 South 4th St., Lewiston (754-4375 / artpark.net) $5 advance, $10 day of show

All photos by Kyle Christopher