During a recent interview with Spinner, Death Cab for Cutie were interrupted by Flaming Lips front man Wayne Coyne who, after announcing collaborations with Black Moth Super Rainbow and Nick Cave, quickly propositioned the Cuties about a joint EP between Death Cab and the Lips. Ben Gibbard quickly agreed and, while no release date (or any other pertinent information) is available yet, Flaming Death Cab will soon become a reality.
The EP, which I would title Yoshimi Battles the Plans, will most likely be three to four songs, just like recent Flaming Lips collaborations with Lightning Bolt, Neon Indian, and Prefuse 73. If you’re curious how the whole thing came together, then you should know a little secret of the music business: big-time music festivals (like Osheaga in Montreal, where Death Cab and the Flamers recently played and where the co-project took its first steps) aren’t really put together for the benefit of fans but rather as a place for musicians to mingle and form side-projects; in other words, while you’re tripping on MDMA and listening to music through the haze of foot-traffic and drunken quarrels, all of your favorite artists are forming secret bands. Now that’s a fact, jack.