WORDS // JONAHS DOWNER – PHOTOS // ELLIE ALONZO
Austere stopped by the Toyota Music Factory this weekend to catch THE FLAMING LIPS and MAC DEMARCO and it was insane! Both bands are currently on tour supporting one of the FL more recent 2017 LP releases “Oczy Mlody”, and so far they have been packing houses and providing the most vibrant and colorful performances this side of Alpha Centauri.
The Garden opened the show, paving the way for Mac DeMarco‘s chill vibes and soulful melodies. Mac kicked things off in true DeMarco fashion, opening with the intro to The Rugrats (it was amazing)!
All while wielding a bottle of Jameson, Mac played an array of songs from his discography, as well as some of our favorite hits: “Salad Days”, “This Stars keep on calling my name”, “Ode to Viceroy”, “Cooking up Something Good”, and “Freaking Out the Neighborhood” to name a few. The overall show kept fans bright eyed with excitement as they not only performed, but also interacted with their audience. The full band joked around throughout the set, engaging in conversations with the crowd, and even allowing 2 fans to play on stage with them during “The Stars keep on calling my name” and “My Kind of Woman”!
As Mac made dreams come true that night, he closed out his set with with a bang, which helped prepare everyone for the Psychedelic Space Prophets that are THE FLAMING LIPS!!!!
Opening with classic FL staples such as “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots” and “Race For the Prize” the Oklahoma City natives dazzled in all their disco ball splendor with covers of David Bowie’s “Major Tom” as well as crowd favorites like “Yeah Yeah Yeah Song” and a rare performance off of their 1999 album “The Soft Bulletin’s, The Spark That Bled”.
With giant undulating Mushrooms and Rainbows as far as the eye can see, being at one of these shows is almost like floating through a levitating ocean of Lucky Charms jamming out amongst the decadent and elaborate stage props.
After watching what seemed like an endless stream of balloons and confetti float in and out over the audience, The Flaming Lips closed out their performance with a stellar stripped down rendition of “Do You Realize?”, leaving everyone in a slight misty eyed dazed from the shared introspection – as we all know even “Happiness can make you cry!”