Celebrating the 20th anniversary of their 1999 masterpiece, The Soft Bulletin, technicolour rock legends, The Flaming Lips, are heading to Australia this October, playing the album in full alongside their greatest hits.
There are few acts as distinctive and idiosyncratic as Oklahoma’s The Flaming Lips, which is less of a rock band and more a perpetual motion machine flipping the finger to our expectations. But even in a 36-year career of constant self-reinvention, The Soft Bulletin stands out as a high point in musical innovation.
Its groundbreaking use of sonic manipulation combined with lush orchestration and complex harmonies left critics comparing it to The Beach Boys pioneering Pet Sounds, but there’s little else that so successfully manages to combine radical experimentation with sheer earworm catchiness.
Led by charismatic frontman Wayne Coyne, this 20th anniversary concert will see The Soft Bulletin performed live by the Lips, featuring epic tracks such as Race For The Prize, A Spoonful Weighs A Ton, Waiting for a Superman and Feeling Yourself Disintegrate – that explore the connection between hero journeys and the daily struggles of human life. And given the band’s penchant for performances as unexpected as their songs, we’re ready for anything.
“…an emotionally satisfying, sonically uplifting, creatively validating record that would set the course for their career” – Double J
The Flaming Lips – The Soft Bulletin
Concert Hall – Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, Sydney
Performances: 30 September & 1 October 2019
Information and Bookings: www.sydneyoperahouse.com
Hamer Hall – Arts Centre Melbourne, St Kilda Road, Melbourne
Performances: 3 & 4 October 2019
Information and Bookings: www.festival.melbourne
Image: Wayne Coyne from The Flaming Lips (supplied)