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Phoenix's Treasure MammaL Joins Forces with Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne

Treasure MammaL will appear on a new Wayne Coyne project, performing a cover of the Beatles' "She's Leaving Home."
Treasure MammaL will appear on a new Wayne Coyne project, performing a cover of the Beatles' "She's Leaving Home."
Larah Pawlowski

Treasure MammaL has been one of the weirdest musical acts in Phoenix for a decade, and soon the rest of the country will share Phoenix's spirit animal.

Treasure MammaL has been invited by the Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne to play on his upcoming compilation tribute to the Beatles' classic Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Treasure MammaL will add its rendition of "She's Leaving Home" to the effort, which also will feature guest appearances by Miley Cyrus, Tame Impala, Foxygen, Zorch, Birdflower, and -- if Coyne gets his way -- My Morning Jacket and Sleigh Bells.

"That's the cool thing. There are these megastars and then us and Bird Flower and this crazy noise band Zorch," said Treasure MammaL frontman Abe Gil. "Our audience will get wider. Just the chance to be on it is pretty fucking rad, and if it gives a ton of people just a small glimpse of us and to hear us, I think it'll be a really good thing."

The compilation invite came as a direct result of Treasure MammaL's March 15 performance at Coyne's Oklahoma City art gallery, The Womb. Needless to say, the gig went extremely well, despite the fact that it was booked last minute and actually happened a day earlier than Gil expected.

"I was super-skeptical at first. Everything was up in the air until I saw this Instagram photo of this gigantic photo on the window in front of The Womb gallery, and I was like, 'Now we're talking,'" Gil says. "A week goes by. My girlfriend is moving to Seattle, and I'm in the dumps, big time. All of the sudden, Wayne Coyne texts me, like, 'Hey, this is Wayne from the Flaming Lips.'"

Coyne asked Gil to do a track from the aforementioned Beatles record and Gil chose "She's Leaving Home" because it differed from the Treasure MammaL norm and he welcomed the challenge.

"We put it all together like two nights before [the band left to tour], and we basically changed the whole song. My friend Ryan Breen, who is basically my producer, and I worked on it," Gil says.

The scheduling dispute made it so Gil had to drive 12 hours straight from Flagstaff to Norman, Oklahoma, to make the gig. But fatigue could not stop the bearded weirdo from putting on his best show possible. As a special grand finale for the crowd, Gil unleashed his rendition of "She's Leaving Home" on the crowd.

Visit page 2 to see Treasure MammaL's music video for "She's Leaving Home," made by Running Wild Films.

 

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"I think it was that the show went so well and just our aesthetic and what we do. He's [Coyne] kind of all about wacko psychedelic shit. I don't know. I just feel like it's [Treasure MammaL] on his wavelength, happy, weird psychedelic at times but also motivational," Gil says.

Treasure MammaL hopes to use the compilation appearance to broaden its audience as well as entice Cyrus to collaborate with the band.

"Fuck, yeah, dude, that cumbia death metal -- we are going to try and get her on that," says Gil.

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