It seems that all hell has broken loose in the Flaming Lips camp. Longtime drummer Kliph Scurlock left the band in March, and just last week Scurlock revealed the details of his departure essentially saying that it was frontman Wayne Coyne's fault. He said that Coyne fired him over the criticism he placed on Christina Fallin, one of Coyne's friends who was publicly accused of racism for sporting a Native American headdress in a photo.

In addition, Scurlock also called him out for being attention-starved. He said he's prone to publicity stunts such as the incident with the Black Keys over Twitter and that there were many disagreements while he was in the band. He said "I put up with endless verbal (with threats of physical) abuse from Wayne because I absolutely loved the music we were making and playing." Coyne has now defended himself against Scurlock's accusations in a new interview with Rolling Stone. It's a lengthy read, but it covers a wide range of topics and is pretty interesting. He called him a liar and said that his being "fired" was simply because he didn't mean much to them:

"The only thing that we would have to say about Kliph leaving is that he just was not very significant to us. And all the things he's saying about the reason he was fired, it's all just made-up lies. He knows we struggled with him for years and it didn't occur to us that it seemed that significant. I don't even use the word "fired." He just doesn't play drums with us anymore – that's the way I'd put it."

He also apologised to anyone he may have offended and to Fallin for seeming insensitive in his support for her, calling Scurlock an "online bully":

"I would say that I'm very sorry, to anybody that is following my Instagram or my Twitter, if I offended anybody of any religion, any race, any belief system. I would say you shouldn't follow my tweets; you shouldn't even probably want to be a Flaming Lips fan because we don't really have any agenda. We go about doing things through our imagination. And I would say that if we wrongly stepped on anybody's sacredness, then we're sorry about that. That was never our intention.

But Christina is our friend. She's young, and she's trying to feel her way through social media and I don't think she's very good at it. And Kliph is an online bully. He can jump on hating Dave Grohl, and we can be like "whatever." But when it's really someone that you actually know, and you're like 'Really? You're going to call her a cunt?'"

Coyne said that Scurlock's letting go was purely due to musical reasons and was not specifically about his comments on Fallin's headdress. He explained that his behaviour grew to be a problem for everyone in the band, and that it eventually got to be too much so they let him go:

Anybody who knows him knows what kind of a hateful person he is. I mean, anybody that looks at his stuff could see that most of the bands that we would play with, he despised them. To their face, he would say, "You guys were great" and then 20 minutes later he'd get online and say, "These people are a bunch of fakes. They suck." That would be almost every band we ever played with. The more that time went on, people would pay more attention to him because of his connection to the Flaming Lips.

The reason that it's connected to the Fallin thing, it's like, "If you're going to be that hateful, you can't be associated with the Flaming Lips." And that was one of a thousand things that he would go on his Twitter or Instagram or the fake ones that he's created. That's what he would do all the time. We would play a show with some bands and the next day, he would say how stupid they are and how much they suck. But after the Christina thing, people brought it to my attention, and it's like, "Dude, he says bad shit about all of our friends."

In the interview he also talks about his past altercations with Erykah Badu and Arcade Fire, and the whole thing is worth checking out if you've got time. There's a good amount of drama going on there. Scurlock will be replaced by Clive Deamer (Portishead, Radiohead) and another drummer who is yet to be named.