Oklahoma City-based psychedelic rockers The Flaming Lips have announced that they will release this fall “Peace Sword,” a six-song EP inspired by the upcoming film “Ender’s Game.”
“Peace Sword” will be available on Oct. 29 digitally and on CD and limited edition vinyl on Nov. 29, according to flaminglips.com.
The long-awaited film version of Orson Scott Card’s 1985 sci-fi novel set 70 years after a horrific alien war. Written and directed by Gavin Hood (“X-Men Origins: Wolverine”), the movie adaptation features Asa Butterfield as Ender Wiggin, an unusually gifted child sent to an advanced military school in space to prepare for a future invasion. Ben Kingsley, Harrison Ford, Abigail Breslin, Hailee Steinfeld and Viola Davis co-star.
Lips frontman Wayne Coyne tells Rolling Stone that after being commissioned to write a song for the film, the majestic ballad “Peace Sword (Open Your Heart),” the band’s creative juices started flowing. Even after recording the one song for the soundtrack, the band had no choice but to keep going.
“In the workings of getting to that song we’d already created a couple of these other little things that didn’t appeal to [the filmmakers] but started to appeal to us,” Coyne tells Rolling Stone.”We started to like these little ideas that we kept inserting into this one theme. [We were] just getting caught up in our own little fantasy.”
Coyne tells the magazine that the experience confirmed his belief that writing to a narrative aids in his band’s creative process.
“Our most satisfying records to listen to . . . at the end you kind of stumble upon a character and a theme and a story,” he says, referencing two of the band’s best-known LP’s as evidence: 1999’s “The Soft Bulletin” and 2002’s “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots.”
“The more you do it, the more you’re compelled by your own creation.”
As usual, Coyne and the Lips are staying busy with several projects beyond “Peace Sword.” The band recently recorded a split-EP with Australian space rockers Tame Impala, with whom they had previously worked with on last year’s “The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends.” The split-EP, which features both bands covering the other’s material, is set to be avaliable later this month at the shows they have scheduled together, according to Rolling Stone.
Coyne also is still pursuing a collaborative project with pop-star friend and “Heady Fwends” duet partner Ke$ha. “We’re going to do it,” Coyne tells Rolling Stone of a Lips-Ke$ha album tentatively titled “Lip$ha.”
Here is the “Peace Sword” EP track list:
1. Peace Sword (Open Your Heart)
2. If They Move, Shoot ‘Em
3. Is The Black At The End Good
4. Think Like A Machine, Not A Boy
5. Wolf Children
6. Assassin Beetle – The Dream Is Ending
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