(CNN)It is unclear whether or not The Flaming Lips are utilizing jelly — or vaseline, for that matter — at their concert events lately. The rock band is, nonetheless, making an attempt plastic bubbles.
The rock musicians from Oklahoma Metropolis are actually blowing up in 2020, utilizing inflatable human-sized bubbles to defend themselves and followers in opposition to Covid-19 whereas discovering a approach to play reside.
Acting at The Criterion of their hometown on Monday night, The Flaming Lips positioned themselves — and all attending followers — inside particular person plastic spheres. The live performance — which was half reside present, half music video shoot — was born out of a sketch doodled by Wayne Coyne through the pandemic’s early days, the frontman advised CNN.
“I did a little bit drawing… the place I drew an image of The Flaming Lips doing a present in 2019. And I am the one individual within the area bubble, and everyone else is simply regular,” Coyne advised CNN throughout a telephone interview on Friday. “Then (I did one other drawing with) The Flaming Lips taking part in a present in 2020. The very same state of affairs, however I am in a bubble, and so is everyone else.”
On the time, Coyne says, the thought was kind of a social commentary on the state of virus, with the pondering that Covid-19 would by no means linger lengthy sufficient to see the bubble experiment absolutely inflate.
“I do not assume anyone would have thought … in the course of March that that is nonetheless going to be going, you understand, eight months later. I believe all of us thought this can be a month, that is perhaps two months, however we will get a deal with on this,” he mentioned.
Coyne and the band first unveiled the idea throughout a Could go to to “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”
That impressed them to maintain going.
“We do a few songs with about 30 folks within the bubbles. And we begin to assume, ‘Nicely, you understand, simply from doing that, we begin to get an concept that we might truly do it, you understand, and it might truly occur,'” Coyne revealed.
The “area bubbles” have lengthy been part of The Flaming Lips stage exhibits, so Coyne and firm had been acquainted with a sequence of inflatable orbs. After setting the specs, the band ordered 100 bubbles from China, and this distinctive music occasion – one first drawn up on Coyne’s sketchpad — was able to pop.
“Since Could, the need to see the reside music has simply gotten, you understand, extra, extra amplified,” he advised CNN, noting that followers eager about test-driving the expertise had been requested to reach at The Criterion between 6:30 and seven p.m. ET.
“Proper at a little bit after six, we already had sufficient folks.”
With a pair hundred followers floating about, The Flaming Lips carried out a dance remix of “Assassins of Youth” and “Brother Eye,” a pair of tracks from their newest LP, “American Head.”
Coyne captioned an Instagram post from the show with the phrase “Yessss!!!” — a nod to the feat they’d collectively pulled off.
“I like the best way this appears to be like, as a result of you will get as excited as you need, you possibly can scream as a lot as you need, you simply cannot infect the individual subsequent to you, it doesn’t matter what you neglect about, how excited you get,” he mentioned. “That barrier continues to be there, they’re protected, and also you’re protected… that a part of it’s what we actually felt like was the success,” he mentioned.
So are bouncing bubbles, with followers and bands equally encased, the way forward for reside music, at the very least amid this international pandemic?
“I am prepared to do every part I can, you understand, to say, I believe we might do that, and this might be completely secure,” says Coyne, who mentioned that in the end he is holding out hope for a vaccine.
“We, as The Flaming Lips, we like the concept we’re doing one thing totally different…. I believe it could possibly be cool. It could possibly be enjoyable. And we might all have a, you understand, a loopy distinctive expertise,” he mentioned.
“In the intervening time.”