Another show... more photogs want to get in free! Who are you to get in free? Forget it. If you want photos of us ask a fan for his/her selfie. Ubu denies all photo passes unless you grant us copyright to your image of us and supply us with copies of photos for our own use. We don't need you. You need us. Your photo of the show won't sell one ticket to the show. No photog application will be accepted unless photos are granted and given to us ahead of time. Otherwise, go suck eggs or photo some pop bozo - there's millions of them out there.
A song is best the first time it is played; there is no right, no wrong – only the Moment. With repetition, with composition, Error, like a fog, enters the frame.
The Song is calcified. Listen to pop radio. Stasis. Musicians incorporate artificial intelligence into the compositional process. Stasis. The American visa system rejects any music that differs from what is at the top of charts. Stasis. The composition, as a mechanical process, promotes atrophy.
Twenty-four unique musicians, over the course of 48 years, yielded the current Pere Ubu line-up: Gagarin, Keith Moliné, Alex Ward, Michele Temple and Jack Jones. They recorded Trouble On Big Beat Street (Cherry Red Records), along with Andy Diagram. The director of the Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame Museum described Pere Ubu as "a jewel in the crown of America's musical legacy to the world." The editor of Rolling Stone testified that there's never been a band like Pere Ubu and there never will be again.
Nevertheless, Pere Ubu is, again, stymied by the American visa barrier. So, we fix it. Boldly declaring that the Song is dead, Pere Ubu is to play an entirely improvised set of songs from its history in New York (June 19 at Le Poisson Rouge) and Los Angeles (June 22 at Lodge Room). Both former and current (non-British) members of Pere Ubu will take the stage: Wayne Kramer, Eric Drew Feldman, Michele Temple and Jack Jones, led by David Thomas, will be joined by Tony Maimone and Allen Ravenstine in NYC and Mayo Thompson in LA. Others may be invited.
Pere Ubu does not encourage chaos. We preserve it.
The Song is dead! Long live the Moment!
Rules for the new bands
1. Never miss the one.
2. If you are intent on playing music, or pushing buttons, you've stopped listening.
3. The words are a shape -- know it.
4. All timing arrives by way of the singer.
Faust is a co-bill for the NYC show. Mike Watt and the MissingMen will support in LA.
Crocus Behemoth On The Radio
Crocus Behemoth presents a monthly internet radio show on Louder Than War Radio from 10pm-midnight, London time. It's called Stay Sick Turn Blue. The latest iteration features an interview with David Fricke, editor of Rolling Stone. Listen shows with with these links. See Calendar Page for schedule.
A book of postcard poetry by David Thomas has been released by Hearpen Music. It's called Postcard and is available here.
The Trouble Tour
Pere Ubu unveil their new album, Trouble On Big Beat Street, nearly four years after their previous record for Cherry Red,The Long Goodbye (2019). ‘The Modern Dance’ (1978) marked the end of Rock ‘n’ Roll. ‘Trouble On Big Beat Street’ marks the end of The Song. Pere Ubu ended with 'The Long Goodbye.' Pere Ubu begins again with 'Trouble On Big Beat Street.' If you missed the last 48 years then imagine a bad attitude, the Electric Light Orchestra - the version with Roy Wood - then add Muddy Waters playing guitar and Nina Simone singing.
'Trouble On Big Beat Street,' the 19th Pere Ubu studio album, is produced, mixed and engineered by David Thomas. The vinyl release is ten tracks. The cd release includes all 17 tracks recorded for the sessions. Those extra seven tracks were too good to lose but took up too much time to fit on a vinyl release. Pere Ubu is David Thomas, Keith Moliné, Gagarin, Alex Ward, Andy Diagram, Michele Temple and Jack Jones. Keith Moliné and Andy Diagram are the two pale boys. They have played with David more than 28 years. Electronica artist Gagarin was soundman for Pere Ubu and the two pale boys. Michele Temple has been in Pere Ubu 30 years. Improviser and life-long fan Alex Ward submitted a cover version of a David Thomas song to the band’s live-streaming show. David invited him to join the band. David met Jack Jones in the pub.
"53 years ago I read about 'Song Cycle' by Van Dyke Parks," says David. "I didn't understand what I read but it changed me. Years later I heard the album. This, finally, is my response to hearing to that album. Long ago I determined that a song is best the first time it's played. There is nothing that can go wrong or be inadequate. Repetition allows error to enter in. These songs have been played by the band one time, as they were recorded."
The Trouble Tour starts in London on June 2. Plans for America ran into the Visa Barrier erected by the Americans to exclude British bands, in spite of extraordinary efforts to break through. A very special, one-time Pere Ubu is being assembled for dates in New York City on June 19 and Los Angeles on June 22. Mike Watt & The Missingmen are support in LA. Faust is a co-bill on the 19th.
David Thomas can't have the Pere Ubu he wants in America so he'll make the Pere Ubu only he can imagine.
Ubu World, these days, includes a live-streaming internet show (DPK-TV), an 'official bootlegs' site, and, coming in February, David's monthly radio show, on Louder Than War Radio (LTW Radio) called 'Stay Sick , Turn Blue.' Social Media links: Youtube
Instagram: @pereubuofficial Contacts:
Kiersty Boon, Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
Matt Ingham, Press Cherry Red, email@example.com
Jenna Jones, Press Fire Records, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jordan Corso, USA Agent, Jcorso@anniversarygroup.com Pere Ubu Photos and Artwork
What is the 'Pere Ubu Moon Unit'?
It’s a subset of Pere Ubu dedicated to generating new songs. Venues chosen are generally smaller, intimate spaces. Two or three members of the Pere Ubu band join David. Sometimes guests are invited. Recently, Duffy from Primal Scream sat in at the Brunswick Pub in Hove.
"Here comes trouble on Big Beat Street," David Thomas says. "The beginning of the next Pere Ubu adventure. The Pere Ubu Moon Unit makes songs that never existed before and will never exist again, songs orchestrated by the subconscious, and liberated from the cult of personality."
AllMusic's Heather Phares notes how, with these albums, Pere Ubu "lived up to their reputation for subversion." It's the Editors Pick in Spill Magazine, "David Thomas and company never failed to impress, intrigue, and amaze their listeners and fans."
Pere Ubu is a pirate ship, an entity comprised of equals dedicated to expediting the ship’s purpose. “Land ahoy! Loot, pillage!” Once the job is done, share out the spoils equally to every man, woman or boy onboard, regardless of race, age, sex or capability, and move on to the next destination. This ‘job’ was no different from the work of governments, merchant ships and privateers - in modern terms, corporations, unions and ‘rights’ organizations. “Ship ahoy! Loot, pillage!” A facade of laws and rhetoric legitimized fleets of galleons laden with the gold stripped from native peoples. Laws and rhetoric were contrived to funnel profits to fat cats. Pirate captains led by consensus and could be voted in or out. Sailors in the legitimate world, often kidnapped, received a pittance and were, effectively, slaves, harshly treated. Pirate flags, each unique, displayed coded messages - for example, 'Time is running out. We won't kill if you don't resist.''
The Long Goodbye
The latest album by Pere Ubu, The Long Goodbye is the end of a road. David Thomas has been talking about Pere Ubu's journey on the road that passes Satisfied City for many years but he has now declared that they have arrived at the end. Named after Raymond Chandler's novel Mr Thomas says "This wraps up every song and story that Pere Ubu has been telling in different ways for the past forty plus years. It is one definitive hour that provides the answers to the questions we've been asking and delivers it up into what I consider the definitive destination. It is not the end of THE road for Pere Ubu but the beginning of a new road."