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FRONT OF COS DESIGN Carnival of Souls
Produced by David Thomas.

Fire Records
Released September 8/9 2014
FIRECD358, cd
FIRELP358, vinyl lp


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Two download singles, 'Irene' and 'Golden Surf ii' with non-album b-sides are available.
"There is a tendency in reviews of Pere Ubu to assume that their spirit is to be admired more than their actual music, that they deserve credit more for being consistently bizarre than for being consistently brilliant. It tends to result in each new Pere Ubu record being received as 'just another Pere Ubu record.' Carnival of Souls is not just a new Pere Ubu album. This is the sound of a band that has upheld remarkably high standards over a four decade career. This is the latest highlight in a long list of very genuine standouts." Drowned In Sound
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"We can only bow humbly before such consistency, creativity, integrity and modesty. This is a timeless record, which sails the seas on its own." Stéphane Deslauriers, Deslauriers
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"It's a dreamscape that's never dreamy. Its hard-boiled, hardheaded stuff. It's music made to endure." Ken Tucker, NPR Fresh Air Podcast/Transcript
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"The band remain as weird, wonderful and uniquely off-planet as ever." Ged M, SoundsXP.com
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"This album, much like the majority of their canon, is superb. Ratings and critical words are totally unnecessary at this point: This is a Pere Ubu album. It is exactly what you expect and exactly what you don't. The variety and subtlety and diversity and ferocity of this collection defies belief. The value of the name 'Pere Ubu' and the artistic, iconoclastic nature of David Thomas have never been more potent. Put simply, we need Pere Ubu more than they need us." The Line of Best Fit
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CD Running Order:
  1. Golden Surf II (4:10)
  2. Drag the River (4:01)
  3. Visions of the Moon (3:33)
  4. Dr Faustus (4:22)
  5. Bus Station (4:28)
  6. Road to Utah (4:20)
  7. Carnival (5:01)
  8. Irene (4:13)
  9. Brother Ray (12:02)

LP Running Order:
Side 1
  1. Golden Surf II (4:10)
  2. Strychnine 1 (1:05)
  3. Drag the River (4:01)
  4. Strychnine 2 (1:00)
  5. Visions of the Moon (3:33)
  6. Strychnine 3 (1:01)
  7. Dr Faustus (4:22)
Side 2
  1. Strychnine 4 (1:01)
  2. Bus Station (4:28)
  3. Road to Utah (4:20)
  4. Carnival (5:01)
  5. Strychnine 5 (1:00)
  6. Irene (4:13)
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Links and Background:
Mystery InterviewGonzo Circus InterviewLyrics (French translations)Band Photos and related ArtworkBioVisions of the MoonDemos • Underscore to X, The Man With X Ray Eyes at Brighton Film Festival, November 23, 2014

Cogs, The Making of Carnival of Souls - 100 page paperback 'liner notes.'

Videos:
Golden Surf IIBig Ed's Used RecordsIreneRoad to UtahPere Ubu Fixes ThingsSelf Expression is Evil

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Release Notes:
Carnival of Souls is the second release of the new album cycle begun with 2013's Lady From Shanghai. A number of the songs were developed from an underscore composed for the movie Carnival of Souls, performed by The Pere Ubu Film Group in July 2013.

In November 2013, a 'shock troops' version of the band toured in France, Italy, Croatia, the UK and Ireland playing the songs as works-in-progress. A recording of the Dublin concert is available on hearpen.com. The tour was called 'Visions of the Moon.'

The cd and vinyl releases are slightly different. The vinyl release does not include the song 'Brother Ray.' The cd release does not include the five 'Strychnine Interludes.' The reason is straight-forward: 'Brother Ray' is twelve minutes long and would not fit on the vinyl without serious fidelity compromises. (LP sides much over eighteen minutes in length are not possible without consequences.) Keith Moliné came up with five minute-long pieces he conceived as links between songs. These were added to the vinyl running order.

Keith describes the method he used for the 'Interludes':
"The 'Strychnine Interludes' are based on a single, time-stretched note of the guitar riff played at the head of 'Road to Utah.' Melodies from 'Drag the River,' 'Visions of the Moon,' and 'Bus Station' appear out of shortwave interference as radio call signs. The unidentified radio voices are David Thomas reading 'Last of the Mohicans.' 'Strychnine 5' has Morse code spelling out 'Merdre Merdre.'"

The vinyl LP package contains a card with a free download code for acquiring the 'Brother Ray' track. Those who buy the cd directly from Fire will get a free download code for all tracks, including the 'Strychnine Interludes.'

irene
goldsurf
The 'Irene'/'Moonstruck' download single, released June 30 2014, can be purchased at http://georiot.co/Irene. The b-side is a Moliné/Gagarin non-album remix of the song 'Drag the River.'

The 'Golden Surf II'/'Throb Array' download single, released August 8 2014, can be purchased at http://geni.us/3XKY. The b-side is a Moliné/Gagarin non-album remix of the song 'Brother Ray.'

Darryl Boon is the newest member of the group. A clarinetist, he is an enthusiastic advocate of Dixieland. David met him while he was playing in a jazz group in a pub in Hove.

Production Notes:
Produced by David Thomas.
Engineered by Paul Hamann at Suma, Painesville OH.
Stephen Hague mixed 'Golden Surf II' and 'Bus Station.'
'Brother Ray' was recorded at Močvara, Zagreb, engineered by Jasmin Dasovic. Portions of 'Golden Surf II' and 'Dr Faustus' recorded by Nadan Rojnić at The Village, Dublin. Vinyl cut by Pete Norman at Finyl Tweek in London, on a Neumann VMS80 lathe.

All songs written by Boon - Dowdall - Mehlman - Moliné - Temple - Thomas - Wheeler, except 'Brother Ray,' which was written by Boon - Dowdall - Mehlman - Moliné - Thomas, the 'Strychnine Interludes' which were written by Moliné, 'Golden Surf II' which as written by Dowdall - Mehlman - Moliné - Temple - Thomas - Wheeler, and 'Visions of the Moon' which was written by Boon - Mehlman - Moliné - Temple - Thomas. All songs ©2014 Ubu Projex, published under license by Fire Songs.

Artwork by Alexandre Horn.
Typography and package design by John Thompson.

Pere Ubu is:
David Thomas - vocals, XioSynth
Keith Moliné - guitar
Robert Wheeler - EML Electrocomp 101, Theremin, iPad
Gagarin - digital electronica
Darryl Boon - clarinet
Michele Temple - bass guitar
Steve Mehlman - drums, percussion, Roland Drum Pad, backing vocals

Golden Surf II
David Thomas - vocal
Keith Moliné - guitar
Gagarin - digital electronica
Robert Wheeler - EML Electrocomp 101
Michele Temple - bass
Steve Mehlman - drums, backing vocal

Drag the River
David Thomas - vocals
Keith Moliné - guitar, organ
Robert Wheeler - EML Electrocomp 101
Gagarin - digital electronica
Darryl Boon - clarinet
Michele Temple - bass
Steve Mehlman - drums

Visions of the Moon
David Thomas - vocal, Xiosynth
Keith Moliné - guitar
Darryl Boon - clarinet
Robert Wheeler - EML Electrocomp 101
Michele Temple - bass
Steve Mehlman - snare

Dr Faustus
David Thomas - vocals
Keith Moliné - guitar
Robert Wheeler - Theremin
Gagarin - digital electronica
Darryl Boon - clarinet
Michele Temple - bass
Steve Mehlman - drums, percussion

Bus Station
David Thomas - vocals
Keith Moliné - guitar
Robert Wheeler - iPad
Gagarin - digital electronica
Darryl Boon - clarinet
Michele Temple - bass
Steve Mehlman - drums, Roland Drum pad

Road to Utah
David Thomas - vocals
Keith Moliné - guitar
Robert Wheeler - EML Electrocomp 101
Gagarin - digital electronica, organ
Darryl Boon - clarinet
Michele Temple - bass
Steve Mehlman - drums

Carnival
David Thomas - vocals
Keith Moliné - guitar, organ
Robert Wheeler - EML Electrocomp 101
Gagarin - digital electronica
Darryl Boon - clarinet
Michele Temple - bass
Steve Mehlman - drums

Irene
David Thomas - vocals
Keith Moliné - guitar
Robert Wheeler - EML Electrocomp 101
Gagarin - digital electronica
Darryl Boon - clarinet
Michele Temple - bass
Steve Mehlman - Roland Drum pad

Brother Ray
David Thomas - vocals
Keith Moliné - guitar
Gagarin - digital electronica
Darryl Boon - clarinet
Steve Mehlman - drums, percussion


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'Cogs, The Making of Carnival of Souls'

'Cogs' is the 100 page liner note publication accompanying the release of Pere Ubu's 'Carnival of Souls.' David Thomas takes the reader behind the scenes of the album's conception, with insights into the unique internal workings of this extraordinary band.

"Pere Ubu is a machine. The cogs are aligned so that the engine emphasizes rather than homogenizes the unique contributions of each individual. Frayed nerves, ill-tempered turbulence and unpredictability, provocation and Mayhem, are wired into the apparatus. Here comes the Curve Ball of Discomfort!"

Keith Moliné's diary reveals his uncensored thoughts on the tour, the US visa episode and the album's incarnation.

With commentary from all of the Pere Ubu musicians, as well as soundman Nadan Rojnić, lyrics and, of course, a stream of footnotes, this is more than an accessory to the music. This is about what can be done when you ignore what may or may not be impossible and just get on with it.

"Hey, batter batter! Swing!"

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