Three-time Grammy Award winners and one of Q magazine’s ‘50 Bands to See Before You Die’ The Flaming Lips have carved out a reputation as one of the world’s most original bands.
Dazzling on record and unforgettable on stage, The Flaming Lips have a massive back catalogue of critically-acclaimed albums, including 1992’s Hit to Death in the Future Head; 1993’s Transmissions from the Satellite Heart, 1995’s Clouds Taste Metallic; 1997’s experimental Zaireeka; their 1999 breakthrough The Soft Bulletin; 2002’s Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots; 2009’s Embryonic; 2012’s The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends, featuring collaborations with artists such as Kesha, Nick Cave, and Erykah Badu; and The Terror in 2013, a contemplation on a world without love.
Transmissions from the Satellite Heart lead to the band featuring on the major television series Beverly Hills 90210 and the Late Show with David Letterman among others and led to long stints of touring with the likes of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
With its harmonies and orchestrated sounds, The Soft Bulletin has been compared to the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds and was named both NME's and Uncut Album of the Year, and widely considered to be one of the best albums of the decade.
Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots was again Uncut's Album of the Year, with the final track, Approaching Pavonis Mons by Balloon (Utopia Planitia) earning a 2003 Grammy Award and the album going gold.
Embryonic, which opened in the Billboard top 10, was critically acclaimed for its new direction, leading to one of the most memorable performances on the Pyramid Stage in Glastonbury.
They are currently touring the world, promoting their universally acclaimed album Oczy Mlody, featuring long-time fan Miley Cyrus, which Rolling Stone called ‘a kaleidoscopic, trippy sojourn into The Flaming Lips sonic world’.
The Flaming Lips will play their only Irish gig at the Festival Big Top as part of Galway International Arts Festival 2018 on Thursday 26 July.
Tickets go on sale on Friday 9 March at 9am, priced at €49.50, from www.giaf.ie and roisindubh.net.
‘A kaleidoscopic, trippy sojourn into The Flaming Lips sonic world.’Rolling Stone on Oczy Mlody
‘Oczy Mlody bursts with more of the Technicolor weirdness that has defined the band and earned it one of rock’s most passionate fan bases.’Entertainment Weekly on Oczy Mlody
‘The Flaming Lips situate their music in extreme contrasts: humanism and horror, Day-Glo colors and widow’s black. Much of ‘Oczy Mlody’ is gentle but disturbing… whimsical.’The New York Times
‘Three decades into the Flaming Lips career, the Oklahoma City psych rock heroes remain difficult to pin down. The Lips output remains consistent in its urgency. ‘Oczy Mlody’ is as weird as you want it to be.’Noisey / Vice