In February End of the Road Festival announced one of the most impressive fest line-ups of this year: Cate Le Bon, Gruff Rhys, White Denim, Yo La Tengo, Temples, Woods, British Sea Power, Horse Thief, The Horrors, Tinariwen, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and dozens more, with headliners The Flaming Lips. Since then they added St. Vincent, Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, tUnE-yArDs, Jenny Lewis, Wild Beasts, and John Grant, among others. Now they’ve announced several more artists: EMA, Ballet School, Duke Garwood, Israel Nash, Sam Lee, Futur Primitif and – most notably – Steven Drozd and Wayne Coyne’s newest band, Electric Würms (possibly their live debut).
Set for August 29th-31st at North Dorset’s The Larmer Tree Gardens, End of the Road Festival coincides with the estimated time frame Electric Würms’ debut record will be released (more details here). The band’s only other announced live appearance is a concert at London’s Village Underground on Monday, September 1st. Tickets for that show went on sale today.
Along with the announcement of these gigs they’ve also released an official bio – which is utter (awesome) nonsense!
“It all began in the late 70s when someone invented the right kind of acid that could make you fly! It seemed that everything was, at last, possible. And the overly optimistic freaks of the day began flying into outer space.
They flew in spaceships that were, at first, made of futuristic super metal but before too long they didn’t even NEED ships. They BECAME the ships and they called themselves Electric Würms. I think because they became just bolts of electrified electricity that could penetrate wormholes in the far reaches of the unknown galactic heaven.
And before they died they sent back to earth beings a sonic bible of discoveries and failures. It was, until now, a strange unsolvable mystery of frequencies and rhythms. Two groups of determined musicians, artist and weirdo thinkers set forth to decipher its message. Two members of The Flaming Lips (Steven and Wayne) and four members of Linear Downfall (Charlee, Chance, Doom and Will) were the chosen ones.
What you have is the first of, what could be endless, communicated sound stories. It is titled Musik, Die Schwer Zu Twerk which predicted this modern day dance move by almost forty years ago. Some of it is indeed hard to twerk to but some of it, if I could do it, is not. There is a particular track called Transform!!! that closely resembles a drug fueled boogie freak rock track by Miles Davis. Another verse Heart Of The Sunrise sounds vaguely like a song by the prog folk group Yes. Of course Yes also turned themselves into space ships so it’s no wonder these songs share a similar vibe.The ensemble leans toward a hypnotic mood for most of the space bible readings. It is a scary truth that we are hearing and then forced to ponder. The pulsating poem Living states… “live as if you were living already for the second time. And that you had acted wrong the first time”. I will. I will. The sub hop death blues track The Bat offers no mercy. “So the dream remains mysterious. You keep searching for the sound. What you’re really hearing is an all glass structure collapsing into the ground. Its splinters going everywhere. In your eyes and in your mouth”.
So they call themselves Electric Würms after the greatest of the super freaks. But they are not a super-group. They are like Sherpas climbing with you. To help you. To love you. They have a message of hope and peace and chaos and violence. All the secrets that they know they tell you. That’s what love is.”
Preview “The Bat” at 2:06 in the first video, “Heart of the Sunrise” in the second clip and “Transform” in the third: