Pere Ubu return to the USA and Canada for 'Coed Jail! v.1.1,' performing songs from the two recent box set releases, 'Architecture Of Language 1979-1982' and 'Elitism For The People 1975-1978' (Fire Records).
Tracks from the inaugural 'Modern Dance,' through to what was described as "the scariest album ever recorded," 'New Picnic Time,' will be performed in a fast moving set lasting 1 hours.
Pere Ubu are David Thomas, Steven Mehlman (Drums), Michele Temple (Bass), Robert Wheeler (Synth and Theremin), and they will be joined by Gary Siperko (Rocket From The Tombs, Whiskey Daredevils, Mofos) on lead guitar.
This isn't a reunion. It isn't a greatest hits tour.
"We don't promote chaos, we preserve it," Thomas explained. "Now more than ever - just like Nixon said - you need the sort of utterly gratuitous mess that only men of conviction can provide."
Riddle me this: who on Earth makes 15 top notch records in 5 years and stays as obscure as Obnox monarch Bim Thomas? Not that there's been no love at all—now that the man seemingly spent as much of 2014 on tour as off, and dropped blazetastic videos for "Red I" and "Molecule/How to Rob," the spotlight is widening, and not just from the usual indie/undie blogs—the Washington-by-god-POST has seen fit to recognize the 'Nox's bulletproof alloy of Cleveland-by-god-Ohio's two sturdiest musical ores: punk rock and soul.
And maybe that right there's why fame, Grammys and fat cash haven't come a-knockin'—'Noxmusik is some potent, real, RAW shit, and the new drop, Boogalou Reed, isn't going to win over any Future Islands fans to the cause. And that is what it is, but Thomas' songwriting chops keep getting better and better. Boogalou Reed is home to soul satisfying gospel-psych like "I Climbed a Mountain," skillet-to-the-face noise freakouts like "Proto-Pipe," taut rockers like "Raven Slaughter Culture" and "All Hail the Deejay." 'Nox's tunes just keep turning out SO DAMN GOOD, and if more people can't hear that through the fuzzgrind, that's really just too bad for them. But there's no way rock 'n' roll this persuasive stays a secret forever. – Ron Kretsch