The Flaming Lips on the Journey to King’s Mouth

Wayne Coyne discusses how the new album aligns with his new experiences as a father

Kyle Meredith With... The Flaming Lips

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The Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne gives Kyle Meredith a shout to discuss the band’s latest LP, King’s Mouth. He details the journey that took the album from being an art installation, a children’s book, and finally a fantastical concept record with narration from The Clash’s Mick Jones. The album arrives on the heels of Coyne becoming a father, a coincidence that lines up with the lyrical themes and gives the singer a chance to reflect on how his personal philosophies have been updated, he explains. The two also ponder whether “Giant Baby” find reflection in the political landscape as well as the scoop on a handful of official releases, both live and in-studio, that are set to drop within the next year.

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Kyle Meredith With… is an interview series in which WFPK’s Kyle Meredith speaks to a wide breadth of musicians. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, Meredith digs deep into the artist’s work to find out how the music is made and where their journey is going, from legendary artists like Robert Plant, Paul McCartney, U2 and Bryan Ferry, to the newer class of The National, St. Vincent, Arctic Monkeys, Haim, and Father John Misty.

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