Like Marmite,The Flaming Lips have been described as an acquired taste, but with "At War With The Mystics" Wayne Coyne's experimental music collective are threatening the mainstream. Having formed in Oklahoma in the eighties, The Flaming Lips have been called many things in their time 'experimental-punks', 'indie-psychedelics' but rarely commercial. However, their latest album seems to invoke mass euphoria at every live show. As Q Magazine advocated by name checking The Flaming Lips in their list of "50 bands to see before you die", "At War With The Mystics" provides yet another platform for Wayne Coyne (vocals, guitar) Mike Ivins (bass, keys) and Steve Drozd (percussion, guitars, keys) to hangout with drunken santas, dance with aliens and jettison more confetti than several decades of Greek Weddings. From the soulful "Mr Ambulance Driver", the edgy rock of "The W.A.N.D" to the addictive mantra that is "The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song" this record is simply flaming fantastic when played live.
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