As fans are awaiting for their next album ‘The Terror’, multi-instrumentalist Steven Drozd has been doing some interviews lately, giving us a little bit of information about the conception of this bleak, disturbing and dark album as it has been described.
In particular, during a Fuse interview, Steven Drozd said he wished the album wasn’t connected to the Super Bowl – their song ‘Sun Blows Up Today’ was used for a commercial which aired during the game – because the record doesn’t sound like this song at all:
‘They couldn’t be more opposite. It’s the same band, the same humans singing and playing, but it ends there. The Terror is just one sustained bummer, and I mean that in the best possible way. There isn’t one song that’s in a major key. Lyrically, it’s really heavy. I hate to use "dark," because that’s a cheap adjective, but it is. If people are expecting ‘Sun Blows Up Today’, well, they’re going to be like, ‘F-ck this’’.
But the most interesting part of the interview concerned the inspirational source of this dark album. As you may already know, the Flaming Lips canceled some dates three years ago due to Drozd’s hospitalization and the rumor did say he was back on drugs. And Fuse did not even try to hide it, asking him how ‘his heroin relapse’ inspired the mood of ‘The Terror’, and even giving the title ‘Flaming Lips on heroin relapse and ‘life crisis’ that inspired ‘bleak’ new album’ to their article
So I am not sure what happened during the interview, but Steven Drozd tweeted the following on Friday:
@fusetv @theflaminglips hey guys it wasn't a heroin relapse!’
‘the heroin part is not true. Wow, bummer’
Pretty weird isn’t it? Especially because Drozd answered to the question by expressing some anger about the way his bandmate reported the incident:
‘First of all, I was upset by what Wayne said in the press. It was so exaggerated. He said I was suicidal and all this stuff; that it was the worst time in my life. I was really upset for a while because it just wasn’t true. I had a relapse, yes, and for two or three days I was in a bad spot; I was trying to get out of a hole. But it’s not like I was suicidal. ‘
So it wasn’t about heroin, and this is the proof we shouldn’t believe everything that is printed, but this doesn’t remove any of the bleakness of the album as Drozd explained: ‘A lot of the lyrics on the record sum up how I was feeling at the time and still feel, and certainly the way Wayne was feeling. We were both going through something; not a mid-life crisis but some crisis of life confidence. If you listen to the record you’ll get that. It’s the opposite of “Do You Realize,” and the whole record feels that way. ‘
Okay, so welcome to the dark side of the moon,… be prepare, there probably won't be any big hooks, only depressing weird music, they are going all Zaireeka on us once again.
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