Stardeath and White Dwarfs
with Tyson Meade, New Fumes
and Takeoff Eyeslow
7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31
Bricktown Music Hall
104 E. Flaming Lips Alley
Throughout rock and roll lore, there are stories of bands breaking away from familial bonds to create identities of their own. However, even though local freakout artists Stardeath and White Dwarfs are closely related to The Flaming Lips — lead singer Dennis Coyne is Wayne Coyne’s nephew — it’s a shadow that the band is more than happy and grateful to be under.
“It would be hard to get yourself out from under that shadow if you’re trying to, but the way we look at it, we’d be foolish to think that we were going to just come in and start doing music and become our own entity,” Dennis Coyne said. “We embrace it, and we enjoy being lumped in with them. We think they’re one of the best bands ever, and to be lumped in with one of your favorite bands ever is never a bad thing in my mind.”
And like the Lips’ New Year’s Eve concerts that have become the stuff of local legend, Stardeath and White Dwarfs are proudly carrying that torch, performing their “fourth or fifth unof- ficial” concert to ring in the New Year.
It has been a goal of Coyne’s ever since seeing his uncle’s band do it in Chicago in the early aughts.
“It just seemed like such a different way to spend New Year’s than I ever had in my life,” he said. “Growing up in Oklahoma, I’d spend it with my friends and we’d go downtown and hit some bars, see the fireworks. And all that was great, but it was a different sort of trip to see the band play on New Year’s.”
Not only is this New Year’s Stardeath and White Dwarfs show their biggest yet, its bill includes Chainsaw Kittens’ Tyson Meade, New Fumes and Takeoff Eyeslow. But what the band is most hyped about is their full performance of David Bowie’s seminal 1972 album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. To Coyne, it is the quintessential New Year’s album.
“We all love that record, and it’s one of my favorite records of all time,” he said. “As we were starting to think about a record to do, you got to think about other things like, ‘Is it something iconic that people can sing along to?’ I mean, who is more synonymous with New Year’s Eve than David Bowie? It feels like something you’re supposed to hear on New Year’s. It was an easy choice.”
As for the vibe of the show, Coyne only has one piece of advice: Be “ready to party.”
“The whole thing is going to be a party,” he said. “We’re all going to get to sing songs that we know, we’re playing with people we want to play with and if people want to come up on stage and do Ziggy Stardust with us, they can do that too. People should just expect to get their minds blown. Everybody deserves to have their minds blown on New Year’s Eve.”